Another near perfect day in the garden. I don’t wish to gloat, or tempt fate, so will leave it at that.
This is Galega x hartlandii, a hybrid goats rue, unfolding its leaves in the spring sunshine. We grew this shrubby perennial last year from seed and it was planted out in the herbaceous borders but failed to flower. Today it was looking very eager so hopefully will perform better for us this season. A member of the pea family, Fabaceae, it will have racemes of flowers anything from white through to blue or mauve, exactly what we will get remains to be seen, but I am as ever optimistic. The seed was chosen because we are very close to Hartland Point where I have enjoyed some special times with good friends. I have since found out that it is named after Hartland Nursery in County Cork, Ireland. Luckily I have also had some wonderful times in County Cork.