April 23rd, 2011

tulip

Shakespeare and St George!

For years I kept up a tradition of a Shakespeare flower count: everything in the garden flowering on Shakespeare’s birthday. Although I have far fewer flowers here I decided to revive the idea. Here’s the list.

Alpine strawberries
Brunnera macrophylla variegated one, can’t remember its name
Dandelions!
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’
Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’
Erysimum either ‘Apricot Delight’ or ‘Apricot Twist’. Whichever, it’s definitely orange, see below
Euphorbia polychroma
Flowering quince
Flowering cherry
Forget-me-not
Geranium robertianum, a weed really but so pretty I leave it in a few places
Grape hyacinths
Lily of the Valley
Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’
Pelargonium in greenhouse
Periwinkle, blue
Periwinkle, violet
Primroses everywhere
Pulmonarias, various types
Solomon’s Seal
Speedwell, another weed
Stitchwort in the hedges
Tulips
Violas in basket. They’ve been flowering since November and have survived temperatures of -12
Wallflowers



Bubbling under (just coming into flower)
Centaurea montana, the perennial cornflower
Clematis montana
Geranium macrorrhizum
Honeysuckle