I hope you're all going to thank me for the Sun dance I did last week, it was more like a mini tantrum in the garden when it rained again, but it worked, someone was listening and this week, wall to wall sunshine!
My Peony has finally flung its petals open with great aplomb and fanfare, usually once the flowers open the rain will come and soak it and ruin the flowers, but this year it seemed to say "I'm not coming out till it stops raining!" It's had large juicy buds for much longer than usual, waiting for the sun.
Mrs Fox last week told us in her Garden Tour that "The common name for Aquilegia is Columbine which comes from the Latin for Dove, this is apparently due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five Doves clustered together". I did not know this! I literally ran into the garden and checked out all of my Aquilegia and now I can't look at one without seeing the Doves!
Anyway, instead of boring you all rigid with my garden this week, I thought I would show you Lilac Park. Every year the spectacular park which is packed with differing shades of pinks, creams & of course lilacs bloom profusely and the scent when you get in the middle of the park is amazing.
A few years ago the Park was targetted by thieves, leaving it devasted. This park has been being built up since the 1960's and featured 320 types of Lilac. The Park was given National status in 1972, the pictures below are how it is today, recovering.
How does your garden grow this week, pop on over to Mammasaurus blog to see how everyone is blooming this week!