Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The Delargo Gardens - May

Well me dears here we are again and what a month it has been, cold and damp at the start which held things back from the early start that they had. 
May has none the less transformed the garden and we will be ready for June to 'burst out all over'

So lets kick off with this months stars


and a newbie to the garden this year

Aquilegia chrysantha “Yellow Queen”

Ipomoea tricolor (Morning Glory) “Kniola's Black” grown from the seeds of last years plants

Graceful and frothy Hesperis matronalis it has a lovely scent too

 We have moved Tradescantia andersoniana into a better position to get more light and to show it off better.

Our five-foot Thalictrum delavayi

looking gorgeous.

Geranium × johnsonii “Johnson's Blue” is not doing so well under the trees so we might have to move it too.

Our first salvia  to flower this year Salvia x jamensis “Nachtvlinder”. It realy is a stunning colour

We do miss the themed beds in the last garden so Jon has created a mainly yellow and red area.
This Osteospermum is certainly an eye catcher

As is our mimulus from last year

It is very hardy and we now have loads just from the two original plants

New this year and raised from tubers is this very jolly little dahlia 'Topmix Red'  it does'nt seem to know that it is meant to flower from July

Geranium × oxonianum 'Wargrave Pink'

The dianthus bowl has new tenants this year. It is, and smells lovely but we seem to have lost the name

Big loud and brassy it certainly is but we love our big Begonia × tuberhybrida “Sangria”

The exquisite Scilla peruviana (Portuguese Squill)

now has an exciting new neighbour, Geranium maderense

All of the full on 'pottering about' we did last month has reaped it's reward and the garden has come together rather nicely. This was the view from the kitchen window at the beginning of the month.

looking up the garden mid May.

The new installation ( Torquay Round-about ) is coming on.

Rosa 'Veilchenblau' has started into flower as I write this in the last week of the month

Fuchsia gallery

and Fernery are both filling up.

We have a bevy of newbie fuchsias

and more seedlings than we know what to do with.

 While indoors in the parlour our magnificent cymbidium orchid is still going and still looking fab

All in all the garden is looking good and we are rather pleased with it
So till next time me lovelies


Monday, 13 May 2019

Madam Arcati is now Fully Restored & Functioning

Hello me dears,  As you know most of the photos on my previous blog were hosted through Photobucket; as of July 5, 2017 they changed their terms of service without any warning and destroyed my and thousands of other peoples blogs.

It has taken me a while but I am pleased to announce that 'The random jottings of Madam Arcati' is now fully restored and functioning in it's entirety from March 2011 until today 13th May 2019.

The evil Rupert Murdoch and his cronies are vanquished (well on this blog any way) and I am free of them

'The random jottings of Madam Arcati' blog is now an archive.

It, together with this blog, now has a month by month record of the Gardens of 'Delargo Towers' all the way back to 2011.
It has been an interesting exercise and I have enjoyed looking back on my past rather random wanderings.
I can heartily recommend that you have a look too.

Till next time then my lovelies


Monday, 29 April 2019

The Delargo Gardens - April

Here we are me lovelies at the end of April. We have had a little bit of every thing weather wise this month from gale force winds, hail  and baking sunshine. Some chilly nights but no frosts thank heavens.

The daffs have given way to the wallflowers

Our only tulips this year 'Gavotta' has looked rather splendid all this month

and the gorgeous Ipheion 'Jessie' too

The garden itself is slowly coming together with a lot of effort ( mainly from Jon)

The difference between the beginning of the month and now is amazing

Ipomoea tricolor 'Kniola's Black' . Ipomoea multifida and Ipomoea(Mina) lobata

Monty Don said to cut off all the old fronds of deciduous ferns so we did and it is now looking fresh and fab.

 Thank you Jon

His rose  'Veilchenblau' ( a cutting taken 3 years ago ) is looking good and has loads of flower buds full of promise

as are our begonias both old and new

 there are a few newbies this month along with the seedling and old favourites waking up from there Winter sleep. 

By the way me darlins I have now finished repairing the all the garden posts all the way back to 2013
It was actually quite interesting and is a useful archive of what was what through the all three incarnations of the 'Delargo Towers garden'