Last weekend, we stopped in at my parents on the way to a kid’s party. My parent’s garden was looking lovely in the sun so thought I’d share a few pictures today.
It was nice to see a few different butterflies to the ones that visit my garden. I’ve seen lots of whites and a few speckled woods. My parent’s garden is seeing lots of gatekeepers and a few commas. It’s the Big Butterfly Count time of year so we’ll be doing our part for citizen science over the next few weeks.
My mum uses more tender perennials than I have patience for. I plant for pots to last and don’t like the environmental impact of temporary displays. Saying that many of her pelargoniums came through the winter with no coddling. Her pot displays are looking very pretty though. She has ended up with a bit of influence from me with the sempervivum making an appearance. I like these little succulents for low maintenance pot displays. This pot display is close to the house and gets sun most of the day.
Then this pot display is down at the bottom near their summer house is shaded part of the day.
I’ve already shown the zinnias in the last two choices but they are worth talking about. These were grown from seed free with gardeners world magazine. They are providing some lovely bursts of bright colour and the insects are loving them.
The first of the agapanthus are coming out. So far it is just the blue ones but they have Twister and some darker ones to come over the next few months.
Alstromeria Indian summer
These were a Christmas present my mum requested a few years back. Not the easiest plant to get hold of in the middle of winter so it was a delayed present. It’s a lovely form of astromeria showing up nicely in the shade of the cherry tree.
My parents passionflowers usually do well. They are growing up a brick wall with heat of the house behind. As summer goes on the bees swarm over. This white one is probably Constance Elliot which is one of the hardier options out there.
And last of all my parents enjoying some time with Alice.