This week the first Poppy flowered, and the little pearly bulbs C’s father gave me from his garden revealed themselves to be (I think) Lachenalia bulbifera. The first pale green flowers of Hellebore x sternii seem a good companion, set with limes, in front of the lime trees, which are sheltering a large group of sparrows from the occasional rain. You wouldn’t know they were there, but every time I get too close the tree erupts into squabbling and shuffling.
There are the first Grevillia flowers as well, curled up like snails and almost the same pale green as the Hellebores. The beautifully scented shrubby wallflower, lemon coloured Erysimum with burgundy pointed buds, the yellow leaves of Escallonia Gold Brian, a bud of Narcissus ‘Indian Maid’, a Mustard flower, a Dill, and the Milkweed / Swan Plant seed pods add the lemon and pale lime colours I was looking for. The yellow Kniphofia is a tiny bit too warm a yellow – but once I picked it I didn’t want to waste it, since I was depriving the bees of a treat.
At Rambling in the Garden this week Cathy has been carried away in an extravaganza of colour by full summer flowers.