There is definitely something in the air at the moment. The birds are very animated and are singing their little hearts out, especially at 6a.m! I even heard the lovely song of a thrush the other evening, which was surprising as I had hardly seen a thrush all winter. Even more surprising was that our lone squirrel seems to have found a friend. Well, I am assuming it was a lone squirrel, as we have never seen more than one at a time for several years. We did think he was getting through an enormous amount of peanuts though, so maybe there was more than one of them all the time!
The stars in my garden this month have to be the lovely Tête-à-tête narcissus. I panicked last Autumn having read somewhere that bulb producers were going to stop selling these popular bulbs. I can’t remember where I read it now and I can’t find any reference on the internet. Did anyone else hear about this?
Anyway the upshot was that I went out and bought loads of these bulbs and I am now reaping the reward. They are one of the first miniature narcissus to flower and to my mind one of the most endearing. They have several flowers on each stem, giving them their name. This name is now so well known that it is easy to forget that it comes from the French ‘head to head’. At the edge of my herbaceous border I was surprised by some lovely white crocuses. They surprised me because I had forgotten planting them. It is possible, of course, that I planted them several years ago and they just didn’t flower last year because of the terrible spring weather we had. Some of them seem to have migrated to the verge edge – surely I didn’t plant them there? (And yes, I know the grass does need cutting!) Do other people find white flowers harder to photograph? I got some strange fluorescent effects here – no post snapping manipulation, honest. The photos were taken in the middle of the day, but the photo information shows the flash was on for the second photo.
The primula wanda are just coming out. These are a useful plant as they spread nicely though they do disappear completely in the winter. The slugs and snails seem to keep away from them too.
The Primula Denticulata (drumstick primulas) are also coming out. I have three different colours in my garden. I have a whole border full of pale lilac ones which all came from a couple of plants a neighbour gave me about twenty years ago! They grow in a narrow border in the shade of a small wall, but always flower really well and need dividing every couple of years.
I also have a few darker purple ones.
They are a wonderful colour. Finally a have one white plant which I bought last year and I hope will be able to divide this Autumn.
It is strange how my different coloured primulas grow differently – for example the lilac flowers start to open before the stems have started to grow, but the white ones don’t open until the stem is grown. Is this normal or is my new white plant a bit of a nonconformist? There are lots of beautiful primulas, but to my mind you can’t beat our native primrose, the primula vulgaris, especially when you see it growing in the wild.
The Erysimum ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ is starting to flower again already. It was still flowering in October last year. So long a you keep cutting it back it just keeps on going. This is a plant I always recommend to new gardeners as it produces such a display for such a long period. The butterflies love it too. There is an orange Erysimum if you prefer that colour but in my experience it is not quite so prolific.
What a difference in the garden this year compared with last.
Carol at May Dreams Garden hosts this meme on the 15th of every month why not visit her site to see how other gardens are blooming today.
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