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What made me smile this week

There was plenty of sad news this week with coronavirus affecting the global community. Some caught up directly, others indirectly but I think we are all held slightly in a suspension of time and confusion.

I’ve never been in a ‘pandemic’ before and it’s like I’m taking one very long slow breath in, watching and waiting….

Meanwhile my working life and routine marches on and nature’s growth waits for no man. Keep calm.

This week’s fascination include 1) my little spring favourite… Ipheion (Feature picture) Perfect at the front of a border or naturalised in grass around the base of a tree. Awful in a posy as it smells quite oniony

and 2) the slightly prehistoric flame-like new growth of Gunnera

Gunnera
Gunnera
Chris and the Gunnera

3) So many tiny seedlings doing their thing in the greenhouse which is so satisfying (apart from most of the sunflower seeds that were found and eaten by a hungry mouse). And then there’s the potted Lilies in the cold frame growing great guns and sprayed with Grazers4 (organic control) to prevent Lily Beetle damage. Fingers crossed!

The Ammi majus, Sweet peas, Marigolds and Broadbeans that were sown in November, have all now found places either just outside the greenhouse or in the garden where they are to flower.

Chelsea 2015: These are a few of my favourite things…

The Great Pavilion is where it all happens for me.  To begin with,  I can choose my tulips for next year and these are to add to my list of faves:

Tulipa sapporo
Tulipa sapporo

Tulipa angels wish
Tulipa angels wish

Tulipa sorbet
Tulipa sorbet

Tulipa invader
Tulipa invader

Tulipa recreado
Tulipa recreado

My best Lilies this year:

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Lilium nymph

Lilium calvados
Lilium calvados

My best roses:

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Rosa ‘The Lark Ascending’

Rosa 'Sir Walter Scott'
Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’

My favourite Lupin:

lupinus 'Masterpiece'
lupinus ‘Masterpiece’