I’m a little late this month, and it’s quite amazing to see how things have changed in just a week… The grass desperately needs mowing now and I really ought to have done it before I left for Rotterdam.
Ok, so let’s have a look at what’s been going on recently chez moi.
The Dwarf Russian almond is starting its show, we have a few blossoms open and I can see many many more buds, I think this year will be the best show yet.
Tulipa Turkestanica is looking amazing, it’s my first year with this wonderful small Tulip, and it’s making quite an impact.
I planted it quite late so they were done in desperation, especially in the new border where I had some left over that needed to go somewhere… But right now I’m not complaining because they’re just so pretty.
Even the underside of their petals are pretty
Various perennials growing on the other side of the border: Acontium, Geranium, Veronica and Aster. I really need to move ‘Lady in Black’ soon otherwise I won’t be able to see the sloping border behind.
I plan on using some soil that was dug up for the new fence posts to fill in the slope so I can get rid of that plank of wood. The original plan was to have this entire side sloping up to meet the existing border, but we dug down further than I expected and I didn’t have enough topsoil/improver/compost to fill it in. So now I can hopefully make the gradual gradient I originally wanted.
So far I am most impressed with my shady Cherry border (not so shady now the summer house has gone though). I planted quite a few bulbs in it last Autumn and am glad to see a fair few have come up as well as other various plants. I’m most relieved that the Pulmonaria ‘sissinghurst white’ have come back because they had completely died off over winter and seem to be way behind everyone else’s.
I’m not sure if there will be much of interest in the border over summer and autumn though, but the Geraniums will at least provide some ground cover.
Bleeding heart seems to be quite slow in its progress
Narcissus ‘Silver Chimes’ survived me digging up the border and planting lots of new bulbs; I’m impressed I didn’t destroy it!
Pulmonaria have grown a lot since I last saw them!
And a few flowers…
Just one white Anemone Blanda… It was supposed to be a mix of white and blue.
And a few of these pale Blue/white ones
Tiny Ajuga flowers can be seen developing between the leaves.
Bleeding Heart has plenty of buds on it, I’m looking forward to its flowers soon.
And a wider view of some of the border, it doesn’t look like much; but it’s a vast improvement on previous years.
Abrieta forms a beautiful carpet of very welcome purple flowers.
The Osmanthus blooms are out, and their perfume carries around the garden and combines with the Muscari.
Alliums will be flowering soon, I estimate around 3+ weeks earlier than last year
And of course, my very favourite…. Magnolia Stellata
There aren’t many, but more than I thought and at the moment, even one would make me happy after a 3 year hiatus.