I never like leaving my garden for more than a few days – I am always worried I will miss something or that I will come back to a jungle of weeds. So before we left for a fortnight’s holiday I prepared the garden as best I could. The garden seemed to be progressing at an alarming rate for late March, so I staked the poppies and my fast-growing Geranium Psilostemon as well as propping up some rather tall narcissus in a pot so they didn’t fall over. I weeded all the beds and tied in the new clematis plants. The garden centre advised it was too early to plant the summer bulbs – I was rather glad to hear that as I wouldn’t have had time anyway. Mike gave the grass its first cut of the year and I dug up as many dandelions as I could so they wouldn’t seed everywhere while I was away. Finally I took a set of photos so I could see what had changed while I had been gone. I was as ready as I could be to leave.
Just over a fortnight later we returned home; it was dark when we arrived so I had to wait until the next morning to see what had happened in my absence.
I woke at dawn in my excitement – well it was probably just the jet lag kicking in actually!
What a joy to see the garden again in all its spring colours. OK, the Tête-à-Tête were ready for dead heading, but everything else was just looking bigger and better than when I left. The garden , and especially the pots on the patio, were full of yellows and purples.
I needn’t have worried either -there was not a dandelion in sight. Also, I had seriously over-estimated how much growth even a geranium can put on in a fortnight in March. Never mind the stakes will be ready for when it does take off.
So here are the pictures – this will be a rather late End of Month View (hosted by Helen). Anyway I hope you enjoy seeing the changes a fortnight makes in spring in my Aberdeen Garden.
Moving from the bottom of the garden to the top i.e. from right to left along the herbaceous border. . . .
Please click on the gallery images to get a better view
This was before we left – garden still looking rather bleak.
This was when we came back – everything filling out a bit.
What a difference the forsythia makes to the bottom of the garden!
The most exciting change, though, was that my little plum tree was blossoming – just.
All over the garden the self seeded primroses were adding to the springlike atmosphere.
I unwrapped my Photinia Red Robin for a photo shoot and it was just as well I did because I found it was covered in greenfly.
It did have lots of lovely new red leaves although I noticed quite a few had dropped off. I am hoping it isn’t Leaf Spot which this plant can be prone to. Maybe I just need to admit that I have planted this shrub in the wrong place! It would prefer somewhere more sheltered I think. But for now it got a soapy bath and wrapped up again until the weather warms up a bit. Here’s hoping. . .
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