By late May the rush of herbaceous planting overtook the fading forget-me-nots. The borders at Orchards were full of this delightful little flower - a pleasant relief to all the yellowness of spring. The spent plants were stripped from the ground - shaken lightly, their glossy black seeds ensured plants for the following year - and taken by the barrowload to mulch around the apple trees in the orchard. Pools of blue for the following spring beneath the pink buds and white flowers of the apples was guaranteed.
The rough textured foliage of Geranium gracile is softened by the mottled leaves of an aquilegia seedling and pinnate leaves of Polemonium 'Lambrook Mauve'.