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The garden season got off to a slow start, however we've had a week now of lots of sunshine here in the north east and things have come on a treat. The flowers in my garden are starting to make an appearence.

 This has to be the flower of the moment in my garden. A friend gave me a few variety's a few years ago and this is the first time I've had flower spikes from them. Sadly the names on their tags have faded so don't know what they are called.

Whats yours?

HI Rodgy thats a beautyfull Iris one of my favourite plants

lots of my plants iris - poppies and peonie rose where going great until last nights heavy rain nearly all battered




Stunning Rodgy! Here's mine- just bought it today and posted on the Garden Gallery thread but not been able to identify it yet as no label and girls at nursery not sure- wasn't what  they thought anyway. Had one suggestion from Tim B. but darker than the one he mentioned.


Sibirica or water 'type' but haven't been able to find anything like it online yet. 


Aw thanks JB I have two othe iris about to flower, I waited two weeks for this to actually open so I guess another two weeks and my others will open its really exciting as I don't know what colour those are going to be. I have very small flower buds on my peonies this year  last year they where massive.

hollie hock

MIne would have to be sweet rocket, bundles of lovely sweet scented flowers





Sweet Rocket, lovely. Still waiting for most of my irises

 Except for pseudocorus


FairyGirl - It looks like a flag iris that one, in my last pond I had the yellow variety which looked similar. That looks like velvet is it tall?

The potty gardener

The first flower appeared on my sweet peas yesterday, can't wait for them to really start so I can cut some and bring the beautiful smell indoors

Probably spelled incorrectly but Aqualegia, they are looking great at the moment and the bees are busy in them.


Yes they are good aren't they. 

My laburnum is finally buzzing and that's giving greatpleasure. Loads of bees but can't see any honey bees.


Although it's been a cold, wet spring in Dordogne, sometimes colder and wetter than in England, the plants are still ahead here. My irises are now over, so are the aquilegias, apart from one I bought in England in April.
My flowers of the moment are roses.

Tess of the d'Urbervilles


 Can't remember it's name.

hard to decide but because its new, its outside my kitchen window and because I love the rich orange colour my flower of the moment is Geum Tangerine Dream.  it has long stems of the most intense orange and its supposed to flower all summer


if it's a climber BL then maybe golden showers?



 That was lat week in the evening, there are two spikes now but MUST go to work so no time to take another.  Maybe later.


I wish there where like bottons to like a lot of your comments and photo's ...

Suprised to learn that the Dordogne is colder and wetter than the uk in winter, husband has harped on for ages since the program on uk TV about the place, he keeps saying we should relocate there!

My roses look like they'll be another 4 weeks before flowering their buds are looking rather small.

I bought loads of double flowered aqualigea's at a £1 each last weekend they are looking great. My delphiniums are just about to flower



 At the moment it has to be the foxgloves in the Woodland Corner of our Shady Bank - they are just coming to perfection 


Rodgy- it does look very much like the little flag Irises - had tons of them in the ponds at last house as the rabbits didn't eat them, and I brought one with me here. This new one's about 60cm I'd say - 2' in old money. Incredibly dark,velvety and sumptuous with a very fine golden yellow line and sprinkle on the falls.

I sound like Lawrence LLewelyn-Bowen there 

My blue sibirica irises.  Was given a large clump 5 years ago, and had no flowers, no flowers, 1 flower, 3 flowers and this year... 15 flowers! Yay!!!! I have to say, though, they're rivalled by the sheer prettiness of the london pride I've got just about everywhere. Was there ever such an obliging little guy?


L. pride grows like mad here too auntieb! Very useful for damp  which we get a lot of up here! Rabbits didn't eat it so lots at last house filling little shady places.

Ive got 2. Beautiful foxgloves and my opium poppies in lipstick red, orange and white. Oh thats 4