That is another month gone by; I can’t believe we are well into April already.
The stars of my garden this month have to be the tulips. Actually quite a few of them really are from Amsterdam. Mike does a lot of travelling for business and often passes through Amsterdam airport. It may not be the cheapest place to buy tulips, but the quality is great. I don’t know what they do differently either, but usually their tulips keep flowering year after year. I say that as I need a good excuse why I have so many tulips in my garden that I don’t know the name of. I only really started collecting labels a year ago so anything before that is a mystery variety. They are still beautiful though.
The orange tulips (above) have been in for a couple of years and I am disappointed to say I have no idea what they are. They are as beautiful as ever this second year. They were planted at the edge of the patio in a south facing bed.
Have a look at the tulip bottom right. This tulip is neither wilting nor damaged – it grew like that last year too. We call it ‘Christopher’ after our eldest son. Christopher was and still is someone who would never follow the crowd!
Growing nearby on the patio is a pot of white/cream tulips called Mount Tacoma. This is the first year I have grown them and they are really beautiful with such an interesting flower head. They were supposed to be fragrant though and I can’t detect anything.
I did plant them with another tulip, Jackpot, that was supposed to flower at the same time, but it hasn’t even got flower heads yet! I also thought to underplant with maroon pansies, but as you can see only one is peeking out – the rest got rather swamped by tulip leaves!
These little red and white tulips are in the herbaceous border.
The narcissus have also been wonderful this spring. Thankfully, we didn’t have strong winds too early on to flatten them.
This one is called Falconet – it has a wonderful scent.
Mind you, they did a little more than it says on the tin. The packet says the height is 35cm. These reached 46cm and some I have in a bigger pot actually reached 73cm! I wonder if they are like tadpoles – the bigger container you put them in, the bigger they grow. So, yes, you do need to stake these, especially if it is windy.
The violas in the blue pot just get better and better…..
Elsewhere in the garden the fritillarias are fully out. I am not sure whether I really like these, especially if they are not planted with contrasting white ones, but I have to admit they are very photogenic.
In the herbaceous border, the muscari are looking their best
The japonica growing on the back wall of the house is fully out. There is a sprig that peeps round our bedroom window (downstairs). It is lovely to see when we open the curtains.
The berberis is almost out. The orange buds look wonderful.
And finally we’ll finish with our native primrose: primula vulgaris. It is difficult to beat its simple beauty.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden who 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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