This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Bloggers Bloom Day

It's Blogger's Bloom day and there are a few things blooming in the garden. I think many plants are a little behind schedule this year, however, soon there'll be blasts of colour throughout  the garden (hopefully).

LeftNarcissus tête-à-tête planted with Muscari. These bulbs were planted quite late (in January); they provide a welcome little splash of colour.
Forest Flame (Pieris) looks great this time of year with the red foliage. This is a very common plant in Northern Ireland - with many homes having this in their borders.
It's great to see bees out and about.

Muscari bulbs planted along the driveway and under hedging.

Aubretia 'Springtime Mixed', (Hardy Perennial) grow from seed.

Heather is always a favourite this time of year.
Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens. To see what's in bloom in other gardens click here.

Copyright: All words and photos are property of Kelli's Northern Ireland Garden.


  1. Is that a bit of sunshine I see in your photographs. It sounds fun to take part in.

  2. Our tete a tete is over now and we have no heather - otherwise we have all the plants that you have photographed although our forest flame is now at the pink stage.

  3. gosh, pieris,heather,and bulbs cheers anyone's heart. thanks

  4. oh your Heather is beautiful...I think I'm in love :)

  5. You have a lot of colour in your garden. All yours are ones that my daughter has in her garden or is beginning to include to get more colour, so thank you for including the name.

  6. I'm surprised that bulbs planted in January have done so well! I'm a big fan of Tete a Tete, but I plant mine in the Autumn.

  7. They are all so beautiful. I think my favorites are the azalea and the heather. They both have a big WOW factor!!!

  8. I always think of heather when I think of Ireland. I didn't know that Pieres was a common plant over your way. I have one in my garden but not this variety. They are lovely plants. Our Tetes are finished blooming here. Happy GBBD from SW Indiana in the USA.

  9. I am SO jealous of your Heather...I can't tell you how many times I've tried to grow it...but it just hates me for some reason :-(

  10. What a lovely lot of blooms you have there Kelli. Our gardens are pretty much at a similar stage. Your Azalea is a lovely colour.
    I don't seem to be able to keep Aubrieta going in my garden - it always dies!

  11. Hi Kelli, thanks for continuing to visit my blog even when I ignore it!Still very cold here most days and a cutting wind which is drying everything.Fingers crossed things will improve soon.

  12. Would I be able to grow Pieris on my clay covered limestone?
    I planted a load of tete a tete in November among the fruit bushes in my raised beds and they have given a fantastic display.So good in fact that I'll have to split them up and replant some elsewhere so they give the other bulbs a chance.

    1. I would think that Forest Flame / Pieris would grow on your soil where there is some clay. I don't think Pieris is too fussy - (since such a large proportion of the population grow them in Northern Ireland.)