A bit late to join in the meme hosted by Helen at The Patient Gardener, but still a good idea to do an end of the month review.
To start with, have you ever seen a bird looking so guilty?
This bird has been digging up all our front lawn – well I use the term lawn very loosely – it is mostly moss. Anyway the blackbird and his mate, Mrs Blackbird have been making a right mess hunting for worms and other delicacies.
We had a real mixed bag of weather last month, varying from really warm to snow and hail. The other morning I woke up to a frost – just when I thought it was safe to put out my bedding plants.
The warm weather really bought on the garden. Most of the herbaceous plants are now up or at least showing some signs of life. There are still a few bare sticks which I don’t think will grow now, but I won’t pull them up just yet – maybe they are like the fuchsia which only starts growing once I have decided that it really didn’t make it.
There is still a lot of bare earth which I would like to fill with spring bulbs that won’t mind being covered with foliage once the herbaceous plants grow.
To the left of the photo you can see a climbing rose, which according to Monty Don I have been tying in all wrong. He suggests that we train these roses horizontally allowing the stronger vertical shoots to put on most growth and hence blooms. I wonder if I am too late to redo it?
The delphiniums and poppies are well up and have now been stalked so they don’t flop everywhere. There is a bare patch of earth in the middle of the border in front of the plum tree where I have sowed (or is it sown?) Laydbird poppies again. After a resounding success two years ago, I didn’t have much luck last year, so this may be the last time I try these. They are just through, but very tiny and one part of the seed bed was dug up by some type of animal – I suspect it was our squirrel, still trying to find all those peanuts he hid earlier.
Talking of climbers, which I was a couple of paragraphs ago, what is it with Clematis and Honeysuckle? They have a whole fence to work with and all they want to do is grow at the top of whatever you give them?
The romantic border in the middle of the herbaceous border is beginning to look a little more dreamy with the arrival of the pink tulips, white wood anemone and blue anemone blanda.
I have started spreading these little Wood Anemones around the garden. They disappear completely in the winter, but what a lovely show they give in the spring.
The other side of the path a have a single arch of white Dicentra thanks to Angie in Edinburgh. I am looking forward to seeing this grow.
While at the front of the borders the Astilbes are doing well.
Moving up to the rockery and patio area:
The rockery has been pretty with spring flowers:purple primula denticulata and wanda, yellow primroses and now pink Saxifrage and purple Aubretia. In the pointy bit between the paths the Erigeron ‘Sea Breeze’ took a real hammering this winter with the cold temperatures. It is a surviver though and is showing good signs of regrowth. I still have gaps though and have planted a few new plants. I am hoping this Ajuga will be as good as the other dark leafed one I have already, and will fill up some gaps.
At the left of the rockery there is still a lot of bare earth where I dug up the Houttuynia. At the top of this area I have planted some Alliums. The hairy leaves are beautiful – I can’t wait to see the flowers.
Further up the Photinia ‘Red Robin’ is looking really good this year. Last year I wrapped it up to try to protect the new leaves, but then it got a lot of greenfly. This year it was left to its own devices and managed fine with the cold weather.
On the patio I have several pots and tubs. These tulips have been very colourful.
I know I said I couldn’t grow anemones, but I have proved myself wrong this year. Most of these corms came up and they are such a beautiful rich colour. I do hope they will spread.
Finally, look at this wonderful bargain I picked up in a charity shop for £10.00. It was much more robust that I expected.
It didn’t take me long to fill it.
I already have plans for what seeds I can grow next year, but I think I will need another one of these.. . . .