The garden is slowly coming to life – more slowly than I would like, but the second round of spring bulbs are now flowering. The snowdrops and iris reticulata are finished making way for the crocuses and daffodils. The tulips are nearly there, but not quite in time for this month’s view.
Here is the usual view from February
And here is this month’s view.
It definitely looks more green. The two groups of muscari are well up, front and left and about to flower. Interestingly one group of bulbs are just a bit behind the other – I am trying to remember if I moved them last year.
There are several groups of tulips in bud and the Geranium phaeum at the back is doing well. Other perennials, though, have yet to get above ground level.
Again the view to the left has not changed significantly from last month.
The poppies are bulking up and will soon need staking. The plum tree is still alive and covered in buds – but are any of them flower buds? I am waiting in anticipation. A friend of mine told me the other day that plum trees don’t like being pruned too much. Oh dear – perhaps I chose the wrong fruit tree for my fence.
The most exciting thing here is the first of my new Foxtail lilly bulbs is through, though not exactly where I expected it to be – I usually put the sticks behind where I plant the bulbs. I hope it isn’t the only one of three that grows. Is there anyone else out there that just can’t resist scratching beneath the surface to see if anything is happening?
I wish I had pulled up that weed before I took the photo!
Another new plant that is just through is the Tragopogon protenis which I planted last year to grow up the evergreen Escallonia . I can’t wait to see the lovely splashes of red flowers later in the year.
Looking to the right you can see a lovely clump of white crocuses, but not much colour yet.
There are a lot of new shoots showing here, but the most spectacular are the lovely red shoots of a plant which I think is a Tradescantia. I don’t know the variety, but it has wonderful blue flowers. I know the leaves get rather messy later on, but I would grow it just for this spring display.
It is that time of the year when the lilac tree is in full bud. Will there be flowers this year? Last year was very disappointing, but I forgave it after a spectacular display the year before. I fear I wouldn’t be so forgiving a second year running – in fact it would be time for a good talking to.
If I look hard enough I am sure some of the buds have a purplish tint at the top.
Up near the house the ground under the ornamental cherry tree is carpeted in heather. It used to be all white until the fallout from the birdseed holders killed it off. I rather like the two colours now and there is even room for a few spring bulbs.
In the rockery the Primula wanda is near its best,
While the denticulata are not far behind
Elsewhere in the garden there is lots of promise.