Sunday 28 April 2019

Daily Perennials: 22nd to 28th April 2019

Daily perennials this week.

Monday 22nd April - Fragaria x ananassa 'Samba'
It might not look like it, but this is a strawberry flower!
This has smaller fruit than the typical strawberry, however, it also flowers and fruits for a much longer period, from April until about November. I'm growing this as one of the ground cover plants in my mini Forest Garden Border. Beautiful and edible - what a combination!

Tuesday 23rd April - Tulipa 'Abu Hassan'
If you want to liven up a Spring border, T. Abu Hassan will do it.

The colour palate of my front garden is to primarily use bright reds, yellows and oranges, with blues and purples, along with green foliage, as backing support. This is the most fabulous, totally over the top, flamboyant tulip, and I adore it.

Wednesday 24th April - Myosotis sylvatica
The ever pretty common forget-me-not.

Ok, some of you might say, isn't that a biennial? Well, yes, but it can also be a short-lived perennial. And despite it's diminutive size, it's well loved by bumblebees as well as butterflies. There is nothing common about M. sylvatica if you ask me.

Thursday 25th April - Narcissus Falconet
A later flowering narcissi, coming into bloom around early to mid-April.
This is another fragrant narcissi and brightens the border after many other daffidols have faded. I have this along the path to the front door, so others can enjoy the colour and fragrance too.

Friday 26th April - Anemonella thalictroides
A delightfully dainty little flower.
Other names include 'Rue Anemone' and 'Mayflower'. It might look rather delicate, but this little plant will survive the hardest of winters. They count as alpines, so instead of growing them in a border, I grow this and other species in pots, which I then move around the garden to show off when they flower.

Saturday 27th April - Primula vulgaris
The common Primrose.
You can find this everywhere in Spring, even along the banks of motorway, yet I never get bored of it. I've planted about 50 around the front and back gardens, and look forward to drifts of Primulas in future years.

Sunday 28th April - Anemone blanda
Sweet little Anemone, also known as windflower.
There are a lot of great Spring 'blues' in the plant world, and this has to be one of my favourites. I've planted a bunch under my Quince tree and as it spreads, it will turn into a sea of blue that I can view as I look out my lounge window.

And wow, I've managed to do my first full week of Daily Perennials :)  However, I'm going to stop doing them for now. I've realised that with the ME still being so bad, and the fact I have other blog posts I want to write, that I don't have the energy for both at this time. It was fun though!

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