When we returned from Japan at the beginning of the month I expected to see big changes, so it was quite a surprise to see things much the same. The Daffodils and Forsythia were out, but hadn’t finished so I was still able to enjoy them. I suppose the herbaceous plants had grown a bit, but not much and the weeds hadn’t really started growing either, so it was a really good time to have been away.
There are still some plants showing no signs of life; I can’t even remember what some of them are so it will be a nice surprise if they are actually alive.
The Pulmonaria round the side were flowering by the 5th April and the lovely feathery Monkshood foliage was well up.
The Primula denticulata, always perform so well, and multiply so easily that I am now getting enough to make a real splash of colour.
I bought some white ones last year as a contrast. I love the way they open.
In the back garden the Anemone blanda multiply every year and look wonderful when the sun is out.
I wasn’t sure about these next bulbs as they were rather too pale for my liking, however as I was looking up their name, I found a recommendation that they could be grown with Fritillaria meleagris. I think that is an excellent idea as they would both look better with some contrast. I do wonder if they are tall enough though; has anyone tried that combination?
Along the fence, the Clematis armandii did flower this year (its second) – only one bunch rather high up, but they were certainly beautiful.
Other things are clearly not going to flower this year though. Both the plum tree and the lilac tree are decidedly lacking in any flowers although both have plenty of new leaves. I think they rather overstretched themselves last year.
In the middle of the herbaceous border, the chamomile path is looking a bit bare. It was starting to grow so I gave the older shoots a short back and sides and a good rake. I may have overdone it!
The leaves of Iris ‘Gerald Darby’ look wonderful in the spring. I wonder if it will flower for the first time this year. If not, I think I will move it somewhere more damp.
I am quite happy with this little corner.
I first tried a purple Erysimum (Bowles Mauve – yes I did eventually find one) near the Phormium, but then I was surprised to find an orange one (Apricot Twist) picked up the colour so much better.
At the back the new leaves of the Berberis look wonderful.
In the shady, dry front garden the Euphorbia are earning their keep.
And the white flowers of the Osmanthus are lovely.
In the back garden,the Chaenomeles is at its best just now.
More flowers are coming out every day now, and the garden is filled with tulips and other spring flowers.
The rockery is looking very colourful with various Primulas, native Primroses,Violets and Saxifrage.
Up near the house the Spirea’s golden leaves are looking great.
And finally a pot of Narcissus at the request of fellow blogger, Hilary from JapanCan(ada) Mix.