There are plants that generate their own inner light and the truly exquisite dahlia ‘Yellow Star’ does just that. I cut down the plant this afternoon with a heavy heart as it was still laden with blooms. However contractors arrive any day now to remove what used to be a rockery from the front garden and everything has to be cleared. The tubers were healthy and are now in a good sunny spot with compost heaped above it for frost protection. I was tempted to store them in the shed but I’ve been lucky so far. Dahlias are great garden plants for late summer to the frosts; I just require them to survive winter. ‘Yellow Star’ goes back to 1952 introduced in the USA by Robens about whom I’m afraid I can discover zilch.
The dog tooth violet is a graceful addition to the spring border, so much so that I have a number of new varieties waiting in the potting shed ready to plant out the moment the contractor has completed cutting down a number of trees and shrubs that have simply got too big for their own good. The most successful of the trout lilies in the garden, by a margin, is Erythronium ‘Pagoda’. The sulphur-yellow, pendent shaped flowers and glossy, mottled leaves, shown here on 11th April, make for a showy display. And it throws out many flowers. A member of the family Liliaceae, it grows here in shade and sun.