The first flush of Gertrude Jekyll is always the best and this weekend they have been magnificent.
Keeping Gertrude company is the first of the apple blossom antirrhinum, nigella, dianthus and an allium which I think look good at all stages of maturity.
Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly vase viewing. You can see more here
What a lovely combination! And Gertrude has such a heady scent as well doesn’t she xx
A lovely fragrance, although Chandos Beauty is still my all-time favourite.
So lovely to see roses already!!!
Your comment had me checking blooming dates for the past few years and this is about the earliest. It didn’t seem unusual to me as the roses in the back garden are also in full bloom.
Gertrude is such a gorgeous rose, isn’t she? I have one bud about to break on mine and am looking forward to getting up close and personal with her sometime soon! Your other elements are perfect additions – which allium is that? Are your antirrhinums overwintered, or this years? I think I will need to start mine off earlier as they are about the only thing in my g/h not ready to be planted out. Thanks so much for joining in and sharing your lovely vase, Sharon
Thanks Cathy. I call the white allium ‘rogue’ as I was expecting 12 x purple sensation. This is my first year of over-wintering annuals; I have white bride as well as apple blossom antirrhinums. I expect they will feature in many vases this year!
Is this the Twinny Appleblossom, a short variety? I have grown it from seed a number of times and occasionally it has overwintered.
What a lovely rose! You’ve balanced them nicely with the Allium and the snapdragons. Snapdragons are rust magnets in my climate – I always plant them, only to pull them within a month or two, scarcely after they’ve begun blooming.
Lovely to celebrate Gertrude in a vase! Goes perfectly with the snapdragons. I found that they overwintered last year too, but then they ran up to seed quickly. Yours are altogether more luscious and well-grown than mine!
Thanks Cathy – mine are from seeds sown last October.