Saturday, May 09, 2009

Colour From My Greenhouse

The groovy Mimulus in flower in the greenhouse. These were bought as plug plants from Swillington, and grown on untill they have flowered.
Busy Lizzies, Verbenas, and Geraniums are also developing well within the plastic covered greenhouse.
It is also a lovely place to shelter if it is pouring down with rain. the raindrops splattering off the plastic cover remind me of being in a tent camping..
The wind has done its best to rock the greenhouse, but it is well weighted with lots of plants and pots.
I love the colours on this plants throat leading to the pollen and nectar within. A kaleidoscope effect inside an orange tube.
I watched Gardeners World from the Malvern Spring Flower show. Its the RHS Chelsea flower show in 9 days time. I will spend ages perusing all the gardens then watch the BBC's coverage of it..
I wander whether there will be colour this year. Last years Chelsea show gardens were dominated with green. Hundreds of shades of it, but not enough colour for my taste..
I like the gaudy colours of the Mimulus, and the pastel shades of my Busy Lizzies. Green is good, but colour is what wows the crowds.
I normally dream about designing a show garden around this time of the year. I have the greenhouse to grow the plants :)


Lesley said...

I love mimulus. Looking at them closely, they remind me of miniature orchids. They're versatile too and self-seed, but not uncontrollably.

It must be wonderful going to all those garden shows. I've only ever been to the one at Harrogate and that was a few years ago.

I hope you realise your dream of designing a show garden.... go for it! :D

Martyn Cox said...

The mimulus looks really cool. I haven't grown any myself for many years, but love the colour of yours. I think I might try and track some down for a big splash of colour.