Friday, November 2, 2012

In the Pink

  The bluebells fade, the irises begin to wither and the flowering shrubs come into their own. Now pink begins to dominate the garden. Strangely enough I am not a pink person, but in my garden it is a favourite colour. I love the old world charm that pink and white brings to the garden.

One of my favourite trees (they all seem to be my favourites, don't they?) is this pretty Dogwood . The tree is about 20 years old and has strugglesd to survive, having been planted in heavy clay soil in far from ideal environment.  But this year it has flowere beautifully and I have fallen in love with it.

Cornus florida 'rubra'

The Kolkwitzia amabilis or 'Beauty Bush' is another lovely shrub and well worth trying. It too has struggled, but since we have cut down a group of willows, it has come into its own.

There are some lovely pink bulb type plants coming out now, like the ixias, watsonias and my favourite the diaramas which are just a bit later.

A close up of the ixia seen above as a clump. These plants originated in South Africa as did many of our plants.
And now of course the perennial favourite - roses - begin to come into their own. Mine are almost without exception heritage style roses. They seem to fit into the garden style which I have fostered. Just a taste of them to start with. More in later posts.

And finally, the only Azalea (Rhododendron) that I have ever had much luck with, seen against a backdrop of willows. Please note the wheelbarrow full of weeds in the foreground - proves that I do work in the garden.

Liz Needle


  1. Your garden looks beautiful Liz and I love the way you write about it. Those willows in the last photo are stunning!

  2. Unfortunately they are gradually coming down. They are about 40 years old and getting too top heavy. Branches cracking and coming down or gettin caught up in other willows. Becoming dangerous even if picturesque.