It’s been a very strange past few months, Spring arrived very early yet we still have some plants that seem to have disappeared… Namely the white Crocus ‘Miss Vain’, I have had quite a few around in the back garden and in pots around the decking but I haven’t had any flower along the side of the house or in the front garden. Tommasinianus flowered over a month ago, so I am at a loss why I’ve lost all of miss vain. Does she only flower for one year? I guess I’ll find out next year if those that flowered this year return…
Very disappointed though.
Then there’s also the huge pot I have by the front door, usually there’s a sea of iris in there, followed by lots of Tulips and Daffodils, again nothing so far. I think there are a couple of Tulips coming up but it’s a massive let down.
Anyway, I imagine when I get back next week things will look very different in the garden. I ought to have mown the lawn before I left but, well…. Procrastination is my middle name! I think the lawn will look like a jungle when I return, especially if the weather remains relatively mild.
I’ll also miss the Magnolia flowering, she’s taking her time breaking free of her furry skins, so none are actually open yet – I just hope there isn’t lots of rain when I’m away and the blooms are damaged.
A couple of weeks ago I found this interesting potato in a bought bag… Looks like it was meant, just for me!
The dwarf Russian Almond is almost coming into bloom too, this too is teasing me, as these have been bursting open for a few days now.
Muscari are looking very pretty
Urm, I think I was somewhat Allium happy in the ‘new’ border last Autumn (really need to think of a name for the border!)
The Cherry tree border is looking the best it has done since we moved in… It’s only recently that I’ve begun working in there, trying to get more colour and interest. I planted many bulbs in Autumn, namely Anemone Blanda, but also some Snowdrops and Tulipa Turkestanica. I also have a few Geranium Phaeums, Bluebells, Daffodils, ferns, Ajuga, Pulmonaria and Dicentra. There’s still plenty to do, but so far it’s looking promising.
White Dicentra with Pyracantha cuttings to protect it from the feet of the big fat pigeons that patrol the border looking for fallen seeds.
One of the few Ajuga’s has small blue flowers beginning to form between the leaves
Some plants are attempting to grow after being trampled and then buried by workmen… This Astrantia Major Roma seems to be recovering a bit.
Jumping Spiders are everywhere, they’re loving the Clematis I potted temporarily *coughworkmencough* and I regularly see lots hunting along the stems.
Ladybirds are everywhere at the moment, every time I venture out I see at least half a dozen.
My little Acer is looking rather colourful with its fresh red leaves.
Osmanthus will probably open its blooms next week too… Seriously, why is everything opening when I’m away?!
Something has eaten the Daffodils under the Stellata… Happens every.single.year.
And the current star of the show…. Tulipa Turkestanica