Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – April 2014
April has been pretty amazing so far, but I’ll try not to shout too loud otherwise I’ll jinx us all (of course the weather will turn just in time for the bank holiday this weekend).
In fact, it’s so wonderful outside that I’m getting carried away and most days am easily tricked into believing it’s June or July and we’re in the middle of summer. The past few days have been somewhat windy, so not the best conditions for taking photos of the garden, but it has been full sunshine so I’ve quickly snapped away between wind gusts.
The plant of the moment by far must be the Russian Dwarf Almond, I know I could never be without this wonderful shrub. Most of the year it’s rather unimposing, but I think it makes a nice background plant adding dense leafiness, I just wish it would last longer in bloom.
The Autumn flowering Cherry is almost finished blooming, just as well really as I’ve recently spotted a Wood Pigeon snapping off small branches for nesting! I’ve never seen this before, but what makes it worse is that fact I have lots of branches chopped up and just left laid on the upper tier waiting for me to get rid of them. Clearly the branches and twigs are not to the Woody’s high expectations.
I’ve discovered a fourth clump of Fritillaries that I didn’t know I had… Or perhaps I just forgot they were there, but I think they’re a plant worth having more of, especially in nice large clumps or even swathes if there’s enough room.
I’m unsure of which Tulip this is, as it was in a pack called ‘raspberry ripple’, which contained these solid raspberry colours but also a raspberry and white one. The latter seem to have die, but this is lovely regardless and I think worthwhile replacing in future.
There were far fewer blooms on Stellata this year, I assume due to a relatively dry summer last year. I kept an eye on its leaves for any sign of wilt or drying out, but perhaps it wasn’t quite dry enough to effect the leaves, but enough to upset it and result in fewer blooms. It’s almost finished blooming now, so I’ve missed my chance for the best photos; I think this is because it’s bloomed much earlier this year and the sun isn’t as high in the sky so in the evening when I want nice ‘golden hour’ shots, the sun isn’t yet far enough around and is hidden by houses. However, in May when this normally blooms the sun is far enough round for nice evening sunlight shots.
Drumstick primulas aren’t looking so good this year; many of the blooms are damaged and they just don’t seem too happy??
Over the years the Kerria has gradually grown through the hedge, and this year it’s looking especially impressive. I’m assuming it’s relatively invasive, because otherwise I don’t imagine it would manage to mingle so well?
And I shall leave you all with a sneak peak at what’s to come.