They carpeted the side garden and have brought in weeks of joy inside the house too as they filled up numerous vases.
From that time over the year that followed I managed to have planted something that was flowering each and every month in the garden. I have to say this was a pretty good effort on my part, particularly considering that it was not planned this way either.
However I am extremely pleased it has happened this way because now over the course of the next twelve months Im hoping that each and every bloom will come back even bigger and more prolific than the year before so that I can record it all unfolding.
The beginning of the bulbs always signals the beginning of new growth for me so I think this is a good time to start the #yearofflowers. It also signals that my favourite season for flowers, Spring is on the way.
This year I will record this achievement in photos, along with any notes I might deem appropriate that may even motivate you to grow some flowers in your own garden.
Flowers really are the bomb and they certainly are the heroes in my little oases here in The Paddock.
Hellebores: The best garden edging that you will find. Finally they are in flower and as you can see there are plenty of flowers this year. Remember this post? That single bloom in the picture below was one of the transplanted Hellebores I planted there a few months back. They love this shady part of the garden and like the Iris, do not require much maintenance at all for much reward and they spread quickly. The flowers will last weeks at a time, but its good to de-head them when they do look a little shabby. This will encourage more to come through. They also look good in a vase inside.
These are the tiny flowers of a Rosemary bush that grows next the tap in the old water trough in the backyard. Another low maintenance shrub that not only looks great, it always smells good too and attracts lots of bees to the garden.
Ahhh, glorious, glorious Daphne. If only you could smell how beautiful these blooms are too. I have a white one growing next to this too and they love this part-shade position by the front door. This particular plant gets the afternoon sun which in summer can get really hot and does get a little stressed. However with good watering and a feed of Blood and Bone it recovers and after a good prune each year after flowering it always comes back bigger and better the next winter. This one is a must near your front or back door.
All of a sudden the Native Violets have taken off and have created quite the carpet amongst the bulbs and surrounding the Daphne in the garden beds. It spreads like wildfire here in the shade, but I like it as it keeps the weeds at bay and fills many of the gaps. It has the tiniest of purple flowers that upon closer inspection also smell divine. They seem to be in full flower at the moment but throughout most of the year there will be one or two flowers popping their heads up above the leaves.
Ranunculus: This little gem has popped up rather early. The bulbs I planted now three seasons ago usually don't come up until October. Lots of foliage from the bulbs has been growing for a few months now and I can see that they are spreading so I am hoping for a good display of these flowers in Spring.
The arrival of Spring always starts with the trusty Daffodil. There are a few of these about to flower amongst the Jonquils. I will be pulling them up this year after they flower as I am hoping that this might get me more flowers for next year. They dont seem to be as prolific growers and spreaders like the Jonquils are. I think it has to do with the amount of sunshine they get too. Its an experiment with these at the moment.
The first 'A Year of Flowers' sees...
All blooming in my garden in July.
A good start and quite surprising considering that the garden doesn't look overly good on the whole.
What is growing and blooming in yours?
What plant are you hanging out for to come to life in the garden?
Hopefully I will get around to Instagramming these beauties and I think Ill hashtag it #yearofflowers. Hope you might play along too.
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