Important Flower Update

Here’s another attempt to try and document a little of the goings on in the garden. It’s a doomed attempt, of course; even noticing everything that happens at this time of year is difficult enough, let alone photographing and writing about it. In fact part of this post was written about a month ago: I’d written it and left it to proofread before I unleashed it on the world – here we are several weeks on. This weekend is the first weekend in some time where we have nothing to do, on the Saturday at least, and what better use of my time than to write a long overdue blog post!


Back in mid April, we were looking at the last of the tuberous Corydalis. Most were winding down; some had completely disappeared already. Corydalis vittae is one of the latest to emerge and flower:

Corydalis x allenii is a hybrid which also flowers quite late compared to the other tuberous Corydalis. It doesn’t come across too well on the photograph but it has cream flowers with lovely delicate purple markings on them.

Not all has gone quite so well. Corydalis nudicaulis has struggled. It didn’t do well last year and is looking even less promising this year. I expect it will fade away over the next couple of years. Corydalis cava has grown well enough but showed a complete lack of enthusiasm for flowering. I think the flowers caught a bit of frost at the wrong moment, although I couldn’t say for certain.

When I originally wrote this post, a few of the short lived perennial and biennial Corydalis were just starting to get going. I let them seed around and crop up wherever they like. Here are Corydalis heterocarpa and ophiocarpa as they were in April:

Since then, both of those two have taken on some middle age spread and lolloped all over the place. Corydalis linstowiana is a much more diminutive biennial Corydalis with eye catching blue flowers and fine foliage to match:

Dicentra formosa

In April, the Dicentras were just starting to flower. ‘Bacchanal’ was putting on a good show then and continues to do so:

The Stumpery

Two years ago I decided to turn the Nursery from an Organised Thing into an Unorganised Thing. As mentioned previously, it’s an attempt to create a more naturalised way for all the Corydalis and friends to live. While I was changing things around I took the opportunity to invade the kid’s bit of the garden. All that’s left is the trampoline (which makes an appearance in some of the photos). Before you accuse me of being a big fat meanie, to use said children’s worst insult, they do have a climbing frame on the lawn – I haven’t deprived them too severely. I used the extra land to construct a stumpery which slopes down into the pond.

I’m rather pleased with how it’s looking. Dicentra ‘Moorland Mist’ is the pale coloured cultivar towards the front. The top of the mound is full of assorted Dicentras I’ve grown from seed. The result is a patchwork of pinks through to creams. I think it looks rather good! There are a pair of herbaceous Corydalis in the corners: ‘Craigton Blue’ on the right and C. elata on the left. I’ve left many of the foxgloves seedlings alone and I’m glad I did as they’re putting on such a good show.

Round the back of the stumpery are a couple of little treats – Dicentra formosa ‘Filigree’ with it’s extremely finely divided leaves…

…and Ceratocapnos claviculata, a native relative of Corydalis:

Finally, under the shade of the oak tree, Adlumia fungosa is making itself at home. It’s a biennial I had grown from seed some time ago and thought I’d lost. It came as a very pleasant surprise to find it romping away in a shady corner.

In many ways it reminds me of Ceratocapnos claviculata; they are both short lived, they are both woodlanders, and they share the same half-scrambling-half-climbing habit.

There’s so much to see at the moment and I just can’t capture it all. Perhaps I’ll try and take some close ups of a few choice plants for the next post. In the mean time thanks for popping by and enjoy your weekend!

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