July 27, 2016

New additions to my collection of Russian varieties of Phlox paniculata

During my trip to St-Petersburg in May I visited my favourite perennial nursery "Severnaya Flora" to buy some new Russian varieties of Phlox paniculata. Here is the list of my new additions:

Анастасия (Ph. paniculata "Anastasia")

Архангел (Ph. paniculata "Archangel")

Бисер (Ph. paniculata "Biser")

Гжель (Ph. paniculata "Gzel")

Земляничное Суфле (Ph. paniculata "Zemljanichnoe Sufle")

Кураж (Ph. paniculata "Courage")

Маргарита (Ph. paniculata "Margarita")

All pictures are courtesy of "Severnaya Flora"

May 11, 2016

Garden woke up

Just one week of unusually warm weather woke up my garden. Rhododendron 'Scarlet Wonder' is already in full bloom.

Rhododendron 'Cunningham's White' is opening first flowers.

Adiantum pedatum is unfolding quickly.

Dicentra spectabilis is fully blooming.

Fritillaria meleagris var. unicolor subvar. alba

Hosta 'Sagae' leafed out almost completely.

Hosta 'Marrakech' is most colorfull right now.

April 21, 2013

Spring start

    Finally spring is starting. Here are some pictures of today. Butterflies are enjoying some sun and fresh nectar after long winter sleep.

Inachis io

Polygonia c-album

Double Galanthus

Iris reticulata in combination with early yellow crocus

Phlox paniculata Uspech

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

     Today is the first day of the year 2013 and I'm fulfilling a promise that I've made to myself - to start posting on my blog again. It's been more than 6 months since I've posted last time. It was so much going on during these last months that I had neither time nor inspiration to post on my blog. During the winter season break not much is actually happening in the garden so it's a perfect time to look back on the past season and recall my impressions from it.
     Garden season 2012 will be remembered as one of the rainiest seasons in Stockholm area. There were precious few warm and sunny days. This kind of weather was perfect for most of the plants in my garden. Hostas, rhododendrons, astilbe and others were very happy. On the other hand it was a tough summer for my dahlias. Due to rather cold start in June they were growing very slow until mid July. Then they finally started to bloom but with so much rain flowers were getting spoiled very quickly especially on large-blooming varieties.
     Autumn was long and mild. Last dahlia tubers were dug up in the end of October. And some new perennials and spring-flowering bulbs I was still planting in November. Winter started exactly on December 1st with frost and snow. We got almost 40 cm of snow during first week of December with temperatures down to -15°C in the following weeks. Hopefully, snow will stay thick and keep my plant beds warm and cosy until spring.

June 21, 2012

Package from Netherlands

      In the end of last season I was saying to myself that there will be no more hosta orders in 2012... But there are so many great varieties out there that I don't have in my garden yet. Of course, I couldn't resist and placed an order for 8 more hostas to my favorite hosta vendor Hostaworld. I decided to add some larger varieties to my collection such as golden medium to large 'Dawn's Early Light' bred by Olga Petryszyn, golden large with piecrusted edges 'Dancing queen', blue large 'Fleet Week' with rippled edges, golden margined medium to large upright 'Alex Summers', large arching 'Arc de Triomphe', 'Lakeside Prophecy Fulfilled' - a white edged sport of 'Lakeside Prophecy' with heavily corrugated leaves, 'Frisian Pride' - a recent introduction of Bate Aukema from Netherlands and 'Lakeside Paisley Print' - medium with wavy leaves with a "feather" pattern of the narrow creamy center. Plants arrived in a perfect condition and look stunning. Tomorrow they will be planted in their permanent or almost permanent locations.

June 12, 2012

Worth the patience

     Rhododendron hybrid 'Kokardia' we have planted in the garden 3 years ago and this year it finally got ready to bloom. I was afraid that we'd miss the flowering since we left for vacation right before the opening of the first flower. But due to a chilly and rainy weather during the first week of June the flowering slowed down and we arrived in a perfect time to see it in its full power. It was definitely worth to wait for 3 years to see the show. Clusters of large purple-pink flowers with a prominent wine red blotch. The plant itself is neat and vigorous with glossy dark-green leaves. This hybrid was raised by the famous German breeder Hans Hachmann.

June 6, 2012

Sanssouci park and Botanical garden in Potsdam

     Today we visited magnificent park Sanssouci in Potsdam. This park is a great example of finest landscaping work. Here comes a selection of pictures taken by Björn.

Part of the vineyard terracing

One of the huge purple beech trees

Muses and the greenery

Many palm and citrus trees are grown in pots

     Botanical garden of Potsdam is situated right next to the park so we used an opportunity to check it out as well.

     Although I'm not in to rock gardening I was impressed by the large alpine garden.

     I liked a lot this hosta and Astilbe planting along a stream. Hostas are absolutely happy in such conditions - light shadow and plenty of water accessible for their roots.

     This relative of Rhododendrons Kalmia latifolia caught up my attention with its graceful flowers.

     In my opinion Adiantum pedatum is the most beautiful garden fern. This gorgeous specimen is called Adiantum pedatum var. aleuticum. It has blue-green color and slightly different shape of pinnae than Adiantum pedatum.

     Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' is planted along the water cascade.

June 1, 2012

Dahlia stake forest

    Right now dahlia garden looks like a forest of stakes. I always put stakes before planting dahlias. It's easier for me to position each plant in the bed when all stakes are in place.

    So for a few weeks dahlia bed looks a bit weird, but dahlias are growing vigorously, and stakes will be hidden behind the lush foliage very soon.

May 28, 2012

Dahlia update

    All dahlias are planted. This year I had very narrow time window to plant everything and it was a bit stressful. But now it's done and I got time to update my collection catalog. There are about 180 plants of 83 varieties planted in the garden this year. Some are new for the collection. Some I liked so much that they were kept since last year. Some varieties are out of the garden since they didn't fit my taste or were lost during winter storage.
    Among newly acquired dahlias are several varieties originating from France. Some of them are low growing varieties suitable for planting in pots. Here is a preview of these varieties.

Picture borrowed from Dahliafrance

Avalanche Rose
Picture borrowed from Delbard Direct

Citron Fraise
Picture borrowed from Delbard Direct

Picture borrowed from Delbard Direct

French Cancan
Picture borrowed from Delbard Direct

Puerta del Sol
Picture borrowed from Delbard Direct

Picture borrowed from Dahliafrance