I’m a little late with this… Ok, a lot late considering it’s almost Saturday now!
This week we’ll have a mixture of flowers, wildlife and growth, purely because things are moving so quickly now that if I don’t post them, I never will because in a few days’ time it’ll all be different.
At the moment I’m really enjoying seeing things pop up, and the best surprise so far is discovering a Dicentra I thought I’d lost last year has appeared again! I’m just so pleased to see it 🙂
First we’ll start with the early spring bulbs which are now beyond their best – thanks to a day of rain… The season is moving on and leaving the Irises and Crocuses behind and the Narcissi, Daffodils and Tulips take their place.
The roses have all produced new growth – many I haven’t yet managed to trim either!, meanwhile Winter Jasmine continues to bloom and the Tulipa Tukestanica are beginning to bloom; I really need to add more of these for next year.
The trees and shrubs are really beginning to leaf up now, and the Fuji Cherry ‘Kojo-no-mai’ is no exception, I now have two next to each other after my original was crushed last year. I originally thought it was pretty much done for, but it’s survived and will add extra blooms and leaves to an otherwise bare spot.
I’m ridiculously pleased with how my spring/woodland/cherry border is coming along now. Each year I add more bulbs and it’s maturing nicely with the Geraniums providing much needed ground cover. Although in summer it does get a lot of full sun, so I need to move the Tiarella (that’s if it’s survived!!) to a cooler, wetter spot.
The first of the Aubrieta are just beginning to open up, and I can see the first leaves of the Dwarf Russian Almond opening; I’m looking forward to its fuchsia pink blooms in a few weeks.
Continuing the theme of fresh leaves, the dwarf Lilac’s buds are fattening nicely and look like they will be opening soon, as are the blooms of Osmanthus which will fill the decking near the house with its perfume.
This Blue tit came in to get some food from the feeders and then noticed me invading its space, it quickly changed its mind and chose to check me out at a distance… Notice the Elder leaves are just opening… My small Elder cutting by the house has had leaves on it for a good while now.
A couple of years ago I planted a few small sedum plants along the sloping border, only last year things grew so large in the Aster border that they were hidden from view… I’m surprised just how large they’ve grown, and although I haven’t seen blooms on them yet (or if they will) they do carpet the slope nicely, and I do enjoy the ornamental grasses against the deep reds.
A week or two ago I moved the Campanula near the house and planted some Snowdrop bulbs, a very unhappy, small Aquilegia and Fritillaria… I’m thrilled to see blooms already developing on the Fritillaria, and that the Aquilegia seems to be very happy in its new spot and I hope it grows much larger this year.
Muscari are blooming nicely in pots on the decking, and I’ve noticed that they’re so happy they’ve multiplied significantly! I’ll have to split them up into other pots and perhaps add more into the borders; so far those in the ground have not yet begun to bloom. Cream Beauty is also blooming in the shadier parts of the garden – I find it interesting seeing the differences between borders and bloom times.
Today I noticed new leaves on a couple of the Astrantia ‘snowstar’ I planted last year… I’d thought they’d died off over winter and was busy planning replacements and yet another attempt to fill the Buddleja border. I hope they do better this year, as last year they were somewhat pathetic. So perhaps with maturity, their performance will improve. If not I’ll think about moving them elsewhere.
Anemone coronaria de caen are making a break for it – usually they’re quickly eaten by slugs, so I’ll try to protect it with those nasty little green pellet thingies.
And finally, fresh leaves of one of my new Sanguisorba have opened, I love their ferny foliage! It’s just a shame they’re so small!
The furry leaves of Mecanopsis are a welcome sight; another plant I’d thought I’d lost over winter! I really, really hope I get some blooms this year!! Primula Vulgaris are blooming well and the plants have grown nicely since last year… Perhaps I’ll try propagating some more to add elsewhere.