Ilkeston - In The Garden
w/e 30 May 2021
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

"Mary, Mary quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells And pretty maids all in a row." That's how the nursery rhyme goes and while we can't compete with Mary's bells, shells and maids, we can enjoy the flowers that have survived the cold, wet May weather of recent weeks.


Violas are doing well in the trough at the bottom of the garden.
Hanging Basket

We've planted up a couple of hanging baskets and although predominantly green at the moment, they do bring the promise of more colour later in the season. This one is hanging from the holly tree.

Because of the wet weather earlier in the year we were late planting some bulbs but we are now enjoying the benefit of some late flowering daffodils.
White Bluebells

At the side of the greenhouse white bluebells are still flowering. And yes, "white bluebells" are such a thing- I looked it up!

We've also had a good display of irises but they are now coming to an end.
Alpine Primulas

Alpine primulas have flowered profusely all over the garden this year.

Aquilega too will spread their seeds all over the garden too if left unchecked. Beautiful flowers but a few years ago we were inundated with them but now have them under control.

Another plant that produces a beautiful symmetrical flower is the cornflower and this too seems to have responded well to the cold wet conditions.

The azalea bush always produces a vivid display of red flowers especially after it was pruned right back a few years ago when it had become straggly and was looking quite sorry for itself.

Gooseberry Bush

It's not all about flowers though. We also have in the garden, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, runner beans, peas, courgettes, brassicas, tomatoes and even a melon in the greenhouse and last year, we were gifted a gooseberry bush which looks like it's going to produce a good crop too. (I haven't looked underneath yet, I don't want any shocks).

I started by quoting a nursery rhyme but I'll finish with a catch phrase from an old music hall song usually associated with Marie Lloyd ( 1870–1922 ) - " Everything in the garden is lovely."

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