My Donegal Garden – May 2020
My poor plants have endured a long drought and a storm this past month, but happily they are still standing.
Views Across The Garden
Despite the lack of rain, there has been a huge spurt in growth:
In last month’s garden post I focused on Tulips and and shade loving plants. This month includes more information on Aquilegia and Alliums – two of my cottage garden favourites.
Aquilegia are adored by bees, and always remind me of the beautifully illustrated fairy books of my childhood by Cicely Mary Barker.
Aquilegia are also known as Columbine or Granny’s Bonnets – a very fitting name for their bonnet like blooms.
They come in a variety of colour combinations both single and mixed:
Aquilegia self seed and can become invasive, but I love to see them planted in drifts, or adorning gravel paths, creating a nice relaxed planting scheme.
I also like to dry the seed heads, and share them with other gardeners.
The first of the Allium family to flower in my garden is wild garlic. It enjoys a shady spot under my purple Elder tree.
Wild garlic blooms for several months early in the year. It is edible, and the leaves taste wonderful in a number of dishes, including this homemade gnocchi with wild garlic blitzed in olive oil:
Allium Purple Sensation
I have a growing collection of Allium “Purple Sensation.”
It adds interest among Aquilegia, Roses and other flowers. I particularly like the contrast with the orange hues of Euphorbia “Fireglow.”
Globemaster is a larger purple species, which looks spectacular both in bloom and when dried.
Allium cristophii is still emerging among my Roses and Aquilegia. It’s little star shaped flowers will provide ongoing interest:
Meanwhile, the gentle white flowers of Allium neapolitanum relax beside my wildlife pond, which is sadly lacking water:
Allium Moly is yet to flower in the bright border, but it will provide glorious yellow hues next to the magenta of it’s neighbour Geranium psilostemon, and the lime green of Alchemilla mollis:
Allium Nectaroscordum siculum
Finally, Allium Nectaroscordum siculum’s gentle tones tower along the edges of my front garden.
Allium bulbs are drought tolerant and can be planted in late summer into autumn. They enjoy full sun and good drainage.
Pollinating insects love them.
If you enjoyed this post you might also like my regular monthly gardening posts.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk
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