It's nice to have lots of colour in the garden now that the sun is shining. It took a long time for some things to flower this year owing to the cold start, and some things are really late. My tulips are still in flower and my lilac was about a month later than it usually is to bloom, still, better late than never as they say.
The tulips are just starting to fade now. I planted Queen Of Night, an almost black variety, which were underplanted with these white anemones. They looked very good together.
This is aquilegia vulgaris, a plant which I bought, but I have other aquilegias in the garden too, mostly ones which self seeded, though I've also got some McKana Hybrids which I grew from seed.
This aquilegia has just popped up this year. It's a very pale pink, almost white, which is quite unusual as all the self seeded aquilegias in my garden have always been either purple or pink, it's nice to have something a bit different for a change.
The chives are in flower at the moment and the bees are loving them. I don't use many herbs in the kitchen but this is one herb which I use quite frequently.
I love the chives' cousin, the ornamental allium. I've had these in the garden for some time now but the numbers have dwindled, I really must buy some more as they're such a stunning flower. I believe these are Purple Sensation, but I'm not totally sure.
My dicentra, or Bleeding Heart, was very late to flower this year. The blooms are just starting to fade now.
Foliage is also looking good at the moment. I love the rich colour of these heuchera leaves, I'm not sure which variety it is. As you can tell, I'm not very good at labelling plants or keeping notes, I must do better.
It's good to see that summer has arrived at last, long may it continue.