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Posted by Sue and Richard Serviour - Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Posted by Shadow Hall-Wood - Tuesday 28th of April 2020

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Posted by David King - Tuesday 28th of April 2020

These are some of the Tulips flowering in our garden at the moment. The first one is Abu Hassan, one of my favourite tulips. The red frilly thing is one of my least favourites. We think it might be called Bermuda - probably from the Burmuda triangle! The white tulip is Peppermint Stick. On the second row the first picture is of a speci Tulip - tulipa clusiana

Posted by Graham Watts - Tuesday 28th of April 2020

A couple of shots this week of bluebells and alexanders (Smyrnium perfoliatum ) doing their stuff. Both are thugs but together they have declared a truce!

Posted by Jean Southgate - Tuesday 28th of April 2020

It’s definitely a wonderful year for rhododendrons. This one is on our route to the compost bins and never attracted much attention. It’s been there for more than 30 years and has never done anything like this before. No idea of the variety. It’s under the canopy of a cedar of Lebanon. We must give it a bit more respect now!

Posted by Suzanne Clarke - Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Posted by John Simmons - Friday 1st of May 2020

1. Lysichiton camtschatensis, the skunk cabbage we are still allowed to grow from the north-west side of the Pacific since its yellow flowered, larger-leaved near cousin from the north-east side of the Pacific, an AGM plant, has been outlawed in Europe since 2016. Existing plants in gardens are still allowed but must not be allowed to’ escape’! 2. Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’ a brilliant spring for Japanese maples including this popular, but in my garden difficult cv.

3. Rhododendron ‘Fragrantissimum’ has filled my cold greenhouse with its delicious, if a bit heavy, scent. Both its Himalayan region parents are scented and can grow as epiphytes making it easy to grow as a pot plant.

4. Anemone sylvestris, from western Europe, is a welcome new addition to my garden since as it likes (normally) heavy wet soils & spreads I hope to use it as a ground cover.

5. Camassia leichtlinii suksdorfii Caerulea Group from one bulb 30 years ago I now have many groups noting those against the house’s south face flower 3 weeks before those naturalised elsewhere, with my drift of C. cusikii to come later.

6. Anthemis punctuate cupaniana, the Sicilian chamomile. Loves to grow amongst paving or on the gravel drive. Seeds around and dependable, flowering every May. I have grown it in all my gardens over the years.

7. Narcissus ‘Pipit’ I value the later flowering jonquils and this one has long been a favourite.

8. Halesia carolina Vestita Group. A happy reminder of our Group’s trip to Devon in 2013 when I purchased this snowdrop tree from Knightshayes.

9 & 10. The yellow magnolias are now coming into bloom. The one I have labelled ‘Elizabeth’ came from a normally reliable Norfolk source as ‘Yellow Bird’! The ‘Yellow Bird’ photo, from my tree, shows what it should have been like, but I am quite happy to grow ‘Elizabeth, it is a ‘good doer’.

Posted by Janet Stevens - Friday 1st of May 2020

This might make you smile - I'm not great at compost but because my black bin is being swamped by a trailing plant nearby I decided to empty it and move to another place. Loads of lovely stuff inside which I'm taking down to my allotment - as I got further and further down the heap I discovered not only a veg knife lost some time ago, but then a second one, finally a potato peeler long gone years ago. I blamed all on Geoff of course.

Posted by Shadow Hall-Wood - Friday 1st of May 2020

Not our garden but you may be interested in the aquaponics system we are working on at the farm.

Posted by Nick Maule - Friday 1st of May 2020

Most of thes are self sown, the bed under the ash tree is on rough gravel and is very dry and never watered. The only attention it gets is to weed out pernicious weeds now and then. The peony is from HPS seed a few years ago and is believed to be the one I can't spell!

Posted by Nicola Cook - Friday 1st of May 2020

A few pictures from my garden taken throughout April.  Tulips already in situ when we moved in, so I don’t know names, followed by two photos of the tiny Aucuba japonica (Japanese Laurel) flowers just as these were starting to appear.  I think the next three are Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’, which is looking lovely at the moment (29.04.20).  Next is a Bergenia, don’t know the variety but a very deep pink colour, then yellow Osteospermum, the attractive white flowers of Exochorda (Pearl Bush - a favourite of mine), some very dark reddish purple flowers appearing on Pittosporum tenuifolium, and finally, flowering Crab Apple ‘Malus Golden Hornet’ (the previous owners helpfully left the label attached!.

Posted by Millie Jenkins - Friday 1st of May 2020

I'm a newish member and gardening has usually been a weekend past-time due to full time work... until now. I am currently furloughed from the nursery at Urban Jungle Suffolk so am spending more time in the garden than ever before. The temporary beds on pallets have been an aid to display an eclectic mix of plants whilst I work out an overall garden design. This has now been interrupted by an urge to grow my own vegetables via grow bags slotted into pallets which are not exactly photogenic. 

Pictures from garden in Brundall taken before the rain. 

1) A rainbow of sorts. Syringa vulgaris, Pieris japonica 'Forest Flame', Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue', Calendula, Myosotis sylvatica. Please excuse the bucket under which I am forcing rhubarb. This rhubarb has been in the family for more than 100 years. 

2) Tulipa 'Blushing Girl' and Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'. 

3) Ipheion I believe. I don't remember having planted it. Perhaps my neighbour did. 

4) Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle' about to burst. Spot the ant. 

5) Iris germanica that has not flowered before. I believe it's a purple coloured cultivar. Plus the ubiquitous Centranthus ruber. 

6) Experimental tub ponds. Brown: Sisyrinchium striatum, Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red', Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'. Yellow: Iris pseudacorus 'Variegata', Equisetum hyemale, Typha minima, Cotula coronopifolia. Plus oxygenating plants underwater. 

7) Calistemmon citrinus budding up. 

8) Ilex aquifolium in flower.

9) Erysimum 'Yellow Shades', E. 'Purple Shades' and E. 'Bowles's Mauve'. 

10) Phormium 'Maori Sunrise'. Note the unusual markings.