The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – May 2011

The Good

Remember the colourful hedge/shrub border I planted late last year? It’s doing really well, despite the hefty winter, drought and already challenging location. We haven’t lost a single plant and it’s looking really promising.

This is Viburnum opulus ‘Aureum’, a yellow leaved version of our native Guelder Rose . I’m not usually a fan of yellow leaves as all too often they look  like the plant’s just got a nutrient deficiency but I really like this fresh lime green leaf.

The Bad

About the same time as we planted the colourful hedge we planted 16 yews… they’re doing less well. The supplier thinks it’s drought but Ian le Gros raised the possibility of Phytophthera  so we’re watering even more than we were before and have sent samples off to the RHS advisory service.

The Beautiful

Papaver rupifragum which light up the garden from May until the frosts. I love the tissue paper thin petals and glorious orange colour. They self seed about too in a polite way.

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One response to “The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – May 2011

  1. Pingback: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – May 2012 | The Sproutling Writes

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