Monday, September 28, 2015

Mosaic for Monday: September

September is over...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Vernal Flowers: What to Choose?

At the end of September, I usually plant bulbous flowers. There are my favorite little bulbous flowers that I often buy in autumn: Pushkinia, Chionodoxa and Crocus. Recently I've been to the Garden center and could not pass by bulbs of Chionodoxa. It was pink one and I bought it in spite of the grown price.

I grow some purples, blues, whites, light pinks. Here are this spring Chionodoxa blossoms:

It's elegant, short bulbous plant with basal leaves that appear simultaneously with the spike. Usually leaves are two, dark green. Flowers are bell-shaped, consist of six petals, 4 cm in diameter.

Wild Pushkinia is found in wet rocky slopes, alpine meadows and among bushes, is very decorative.
Puschkinia hyacinthoides is growing in my garden. I love it, is adorable little plant with pale blue or almost white flowers.

Strong stalks of about 15 cm and have oval inflorescence. Flowers are with a bright blue stripe on the petals.

Of course, many of you have crocus in your gardens. Usually they are blue or purple. But I really love white crocus and it was my another purchase at a Garden center - a package of white crocus bulbs, although I have some white ones:

Did you buy or order any bulbs for the next spring season? What do you prefer?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Golders Hill Walled Garden

In Golders Hill park there is a wonderful Walled Garden that is one of  very ecological Victorian Walled gardens.
Its design unites a series of large planting areas of flower garden, exotic garden, patio and trellises, fountain with sculpture, that pass seamlessly through all Walled garden.

I liked the flower garden next to the garden bridge: it was colorful ornamental perennial planting, highly attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects because it was rich in nectar.

As I have evergreens in my garden I noticed the clipped evergreens that were taking center stage and linking the Mediterranean section of the Walled garden.

A view of the garden was stunning: trellises, columns entwined with roses, a mix of evergreen, hedging and trees which provide a framework for color of herbaceous planting, roses and grasses.

I've learned that the garden had previously been re-planted several times each year with annual bedding plants. I think these annual flower beds are beautiful now. And how could I not to sit there in shady place breathing fragrance of flowers.

Do you love the combination of herbs and perennials, roses, conifers? 
Are there in your garden several parts united by the same path?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Summery Result: Lilium

I love growing lilies (Lilium). There are some different species in my garden. I learned that lilies are classified into several categories according to various traits that they share in common. So let’s look at my lilies grown in this cold summer. 

Tiger lilies

The first ones are Asiatic hybrids, the earliest to bloom, and also the easiest to grow. Of course, many of you grow them in your gardens and enjoy them. My favorite are Tiger lilies (L. tigrinum). All hybrid tiger lilies have spotted, curved petals and prominent stamens.

Asiatic hybrids

I grow them in some garden spots, in sunshine and shadow with other plants for company. You can see here whites, yellows, oranges, reds and dark reds. Their flowers generally are not scented. 

As the name "Daylily" suggests, individual Daylily blossoms last only a day. I liked that a plant produces new flowering stems over some weeks, from midseason to late summer and early fall. I have very simple daylilies those I inherited with my summer cottage and do not know what variety is but I love the color. 


To some people a real lily is a trumpet specie. I love them as well because they like no other plants are magnificent, raising its huge waxy flowers full of fragrance!

Trumpet lily

I'm sure trumpet hybrids are very easy to grow. Mine are of the old type Regal lilies colored of white and bright gold having brown and red stamens. Some of my trumpets are like bells, others flare widely in a shallow bowl shape. 

What is your experience growing lily? What is your favorite specie?