Plant of the Month
Rose Zepherine Drouhin
Now back in its original position, Zepherine Drouhin, the thornless rose, is thriving on the North-facing garden fence, putting up some strong new shoots and scenting the air with its fragrant flowers. The bed was raised a few years ago to increase the soil depth and it has made a big difference to the rose, it's much healthier.
A few years ago I added 3 new Californian Iris to my small collection. They were bought as un-named seedlings bred from named varieties so It's very much pot luck what you get but this one is stunning, a combination of soft burgundy and apricot. Californian Iris are a great choice for us Penarth gardeners, with our constant battle with slugs and snails, as they are hardly affected by them. The are not easy to source, mine come from Broadleigh Gardens,a well established nursery near Taunton, Somerset.
Penarth Open Garden Trail
We are hoping to have our annual event back again in July this year if all is well. I've been busy making some changes to my garden want to be able to share them all with you.
An intriguing puzzle with a bizarre explanation!
I planted a purple clematis in this pot so was completely baffled when a very lovely pink one opened this year. Somehow it rang a bell, then I remembered it was Hagley Hybrid which had long disappeared. I searched my records and found both original label (at least I wasn't insane!)
I can remember planting dusky pink Hagley Hybrid some years ago directly into the soil but it had disappeared, presumed dead.
About two years ago I bought bluish purple C. Justa and planted it in a pot to keep it safe to replace the lost one. Incredibly the lost one has found its way up throught the drainage hole in the base of the pot and joined or replaced the purple one. I'm now waiting to see what the rest of the buds will be - pink, purple or both? I think all of us have experienced clematis that re-appear after years of being presumed dead but this is definitely my weirdest experience.
Artisans Corner News
It's lovely to be open and see everyone again. Trade is starting to pick up and we're hoping to have some new events to tell you about soon.
Florist64, Cornerswell Road.
I'm delighted to tell you a selection of my Penarth and flower greetings cards are now available to purchase here. Many of you will remember they were sold at the old Wood street Post Office. It's good to be back.