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May delights

By roses382, May 9 2016 11:54AM

I know I haven't posted in a while, but my excuse is that this time of year things are so frantic in the garden that I barely have time to get the camera out, but, today there are so many lovely things out there that I feel the need to share them.

The first is a beautiful tall bearded Iris just starting to flower in the walled garden. I have unfortunately forgotten the name of this one. It came from Kelways about 10 years ago, and reminds me of moonstones; the combination of lavender, soft buff and cream is a mesmerising one.

Secondly, Magnolia 'Genie' has been flowering in the Orchard for a few weeks now, a strange combination of colour with the narcissi still flowering as a backdrop, but Spring is never about tastefulness, and after a winter devoid of colour, I don't mind it at all.

Thirdly is my favourite of all the spring blossom, Malus Floribunda or the Japanese Crabapple. I love the way the buds start out a rich pinky red, before opening out to paler shades. The overall effect is quite lovely.

Time to get back to work!

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