Misbehaving delphiniums

Cutting beds

The perfect growing conditions this spring have brought everything on apace and given us a fabulous riot of colour especially with the perennials in the cutting gardens. The Aquilegias, sweet rocket, Anchusa, Pyrethrum and sweet Williams have been giving us armfuls of flowers.  Not so pleased, however, with the early flowering of our gorgeous delphinium collection which may be going past their best by the time of the Delphinium Festival later in the month.

Delphs in cutting beds

Another surprise caused by the mild, wet weather was this Camellia gall I spotted in our woodland walk this week.  Removed from the plant because it was weighing the limb down to the ground and the spores from the mature gall will affect other Camellias.

Camellia gall