greentapestry : IAVOM ~ A Spring Posy

Monday, 21 March 2022

IAVOM ~ A Spring Posy

Although spring has really and truly been officially declared it feels more like winter today with a frost to greet my accidentally door left open overnight greenhouse, stubborn grey cloud cover and a definite nip in the air. I was relieved that I had bought my really tender seedlings into the house overnight and that I had fleeced up a few cuttings before darkness set in. I was also pleased to have snipped my flowers for a vase and taken photos on a Sunday sunny afternoon. In my vase this week are a mixture of late winter/ spring flowers and one that has surprised me by coming into flower so early. They are :

  • A flower of iris 'Purple Hill'. I have not grown these bulbs before now and initially thought it was too dark a flower but it's growing on me.
  • A dusky pink primula - unknown variety.
  • A flower of anemone coronaria 'Mr Fokker' - I planted the tubers sometime in November. They overwintered in single pots overwinter but have taken up residence in the outer world for a while now.
  • A couple of flowers, one now fading, of a  white picotee helleborus hybrid I bought from Ashwood Nurseries.
A sprig from a pulmonaria self seedling Finally keeping the pulmonaria company a sprig from geum 'Totally Tangerine'. The pulmonaria and the geum are companions in 'The Lockdown Border', aka 'The Border Of Doom' ,because of the persistent nightmare of marestail.  I planted three of the geums at intervals in the same border and one plant is flourishing, one is not quite as robust whilst the third is sadly puny. I was surprised to see it showing colour so early. The pulmonaria seedling appeared behind the flourishing geum and so far I've not had the heart to remove it. I was pleasantly surprised to see the geum showing colour so early in the year.

 Thanks as always to the lovely Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for her steadfast hosting. The forecast for the rest of the week is looking most pleasant indeed so I'm looking forward to much time spent in the garden this week.


  1. I'm very taken with that Iris myself, Anna, even though it's a definite departure from my usual color choices. However, I looked it up and discovered that it's a reticulata and, given my poor experience with that species this year, it probably won't find a home here (even if I could find the bulbs).

  2. I have had a recent greenhouse door incident too, Anna! Presumably the heater will have saved my bacon this time but I really would like to be putting it way by now...
    What lovely soft spring colours are in your cream pot today, and what a surprise visitor the geum was. Your Border of Doom conjures up some triffid like images!

  3. Lovely selections Anna! I love the iris 'Purple Hill' and anemone together.

  4. The orange is zingy but also a lovely contrast with the other colours. A nice collection of spring flowers.

  5. That is such a lovely mix of colours Anna. Some of my favourites are in there: Pulmonaria, Geums and the lovely anemone. A gorgeous iris too.

  6. Full of the joys of spring with all those lovely colours!


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