End of Month – February 2014
Where to start?
The rain stopped. Seriously. No kidding.
And it’s actually been very nice since with some glorious days enticing me outside even though I know the ground will remain too wet for a while yet. Many perennials are showing signs of new growth and I’m itching to divide and move them to my parent’s. I just need to go easy otherwise I’ll have large gaps in the borders.
In all, things are going well so far with a nice show of spring bulbs – perhaps less than usual as no doubt some have died in the rain and I haven’t replaced any for a couple of years. The Hellebores are doing well, with a couple blooming for the first time and another couple blooming after a no-show last year. I’m a little disappointed that my stalwart bloomer, ‘Tutu’ only has the one bloom stem this year; perhaps it’ll produce some more yet?
First buds and leaves are appearing on roses, Black Elder and even a Kerria Japonica bloom in the hedge. Over the last couple of days I’ve spotted the first blooms on Drumstick Primula too, so must try to get photos of them popping up.
Below we have the Buddleja and ‘right’ borders with their cheerful spring bulbs. There’s also some new green growth such as Forget-me-not seedlings and Aquilegias. Some tidying is required but with rain due Sunday it’ll have to wait another week. I have cut back a fair amount in these borders already but the dead Cosmos still need to come out and I think it’s time to chop the Sea Holly back – btw, I think one has died completely; shame.
Next up is the Buddleja border, things are always a little further behind in this border as it’s further up the garden and doesn’t yet receive direct sunlight – I don’t think so, anyway – some bulbs have popped up but I notice a lack of Crocus and very few tete-a-tete. I’ve also spotted the tiny feathery leaves of Sanguisorba emerging too. I think it’s almost time to cut back the flat-topped Aster stems.
The cherry border is perhaps the most interesting, even if it is also one of the most shady. Hellebore niger is battling against the Ferns this year, normally the Ferns die back in the cold but with very few frosts this winter the fronds are still doing well. I’ll be lifting these mature Hellebores and some of the snowdrops to take to my parents’. Hellebores are just too expensive to leave behind.
I have thinned out some of the Geraniums, hence the gap in the centre. It’ll soon fill with Anemone, Pulmonaria, Dicentra and the Geraniums.
On the bottom image (not the one directly below this paragraph but the second) you may also spot a little Anemone bud near the pink and dark purple Hellebores and the Acer in the top right just beginning to form leaves (they’re red).
Finally we’ll round up with a little Montage of various plants around the garden.
I’ve seen my first Rhododendron blooms at Clumber Park today and was shocked to see a Hydrangea bloom on my parent’s shrub… Yet its leaves are only just coming through. Very strange.