Small is beautiful

11 Apr

Today, whilst on my hands and knees, weeding out the bittercress and creeping buttercup that seems to be winning the world domination battle in my garden, I spotted a miniature world of wonders.

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This time of year all the focus seems to be on large blooms – daffodils and tulips, but there are teenie tiny beauties hiding out there too.

Forget-me-nots ( above) seed every where in my garden and I love that but I do try and contain them a bit by only letting them seed in certain places. But they do look great under roses and at the back of borders. They are just beginning to flower with a mixture of blue and pink flowers with dainty yellow eyes. It’s too easy to see them as a mass when individually they’re so special.

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Similar to forget-me-nots, but not really as welcome is Anchusa (above). This plant is really rather a thug and self seeds too freely around and then puts down huge deep roots that are almost impossible to remove. But it can be useful in dry shade at the back of a border.

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Above is a type of speedwell – really a weed, but with the tiniest flowers literally only about 2mm square.

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Grape hyacinths ( above ) are made up of a couple of dozen tiny flower bells.

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Hyacinths (above) too are made up of a group of small flowers. These are all bulbs I’ve planted out once they’ve been forced in the house. They never produce the large heads of flowers that you associate with indoor hyacinth – they’re much looser and delicate – and actually I prefer them like that and they do come up year after year.

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Another forget-me-not lookalike – Brunnera. This variety is called Jack Frost and has gorgeous white marbled foliage. It’s a clump forming perennial that doesn’t seem to seed about. Can recommend it for shady dry patches and the white leaves glow out of the shadows.

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Last but not least – violets – some people find violets a bit of a thug as they can spread everywhere but they’re easy enough to pull out or spray off. The bonus is that mine are scented too ! Not all violets seems to be for some reason.They are absolutely tiny and make the cutest little posies !

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Finally on a technical note – I took most of these photos with my iPhone using my Olliclip macro lens – a great little gadget that allows you to take lovely macro shots.

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