Aquilegias and wild garlic
This week the aquilegias are looking so beautiful in the garden that I just had to share some of them with you!
We originally bought 3 plants over 20 years ago and now I have over 70 ! I asked my OH how many we had and he thought there was only about 15! I hate pulling the seedlings up but I didn't realise until now that there were quite that many! They are such an easy plant to grow, the slugs and snails don't eat them, they seed well (!) and they provide colour in the garden between the period of the spring flowers going over, and the June flowers, such as roses and daises and geraniums, taking over.....
As they seed themselves you will get different flowers, our colours are mainly purple, pink and white and shades in between.
The wild garlic (alium ursinum) is out in full flower too in the woods. This is our favourite wood nestling in the shadow of the South Dorset Downs, with the River Jordan running through it. An evening walk here is always top of our list, particularly at this time of year.
|Isn't this view so beautiful !|
The leaves from the wild garlic can be picked and made into wild garlic pesto - delicious with pasta or on pizza! I always make some at this time of year see Recipe here. I have also used the leaves to add to butter to make garlic butter, which can then be frozen until needed.
Daisy is looking quite white at the moment following a few baths, as she has been in disgrace the last 2 weekends after she has found something smelly and delightful (in her opinion only) to roll in!
I had to include this photo which is on our return walk from the woods, down the lane past the banks of Cow Parsley (Queens Anne Lace) , which was also shown in the last post too.
I hope you too are also enjoying the flowers erupting all around us, (or the colours of Autumn for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere.)