A mixed bag for April.

The month of April has been a strange month, some days we seem to have had all four seasons in one day. We have had lots of lovely sunshine, but also lots of frost, hail and sleet. We have had gales which have ripped off the lovely new foliage which has just emerged and flattened some of the flowers. Temperatures have been low for this time of year, even though the sun has been shining, the strong wind coming straight down from the Arctic has made it bitterly cold. In spite of all this, the garden has coped very well.

The clear cold evenings have given us some wonderful sunsets.

The clear cold evenings have given us some wonderful sunsets.

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New Growth Everywhere.

April is such a wonderful time of year with new growth bursting forth everywhere. Trees are beginning to look green once more and everything in the garden is waking up and showing new leaves. Even evergreens are showing new growth in a different colour from the old leaves. Once again, it is time on the 22nd of the month to celebrate the importance of leaves with GBFD. thanks to Christina.

Acer Sango Kaku

Acer Sango Kaku

This is my only Acer showing its leaves as yet, my others are still in tight bud.

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April flowers for GBBD 2016.

April saw a rise in the temperatures but also saw a few gales to batter the newly emerged flowers, tempted into flower by the warmth. The garden is definitely waking up and I can’t keep up with all the jobs that need doing! However some days I just wander round the garden and enjoy all the flowers with bees buzzing everywhere and we now have butterflies fluttering by, what could be better?

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

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Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

With the warm winter that we had, some of the narcissus were flowering way before Christmas, which seemed very strange. A cold spell in February put them back on track and once again N. St. Patrick’s Day was late again, not opening it’s flowers until April 1st!

Narcissus pseudonarcissus.

Narcissus pseudonarcissus.

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Time for the Fritillaries to take Centre Stage.

A month ago, on March 11th, I noticed the first of the fritillaries to open in the woodland, just one solitary flower.

Fritillaria meleagris.

Fritillaria meleagris.

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A Sudden Fall of Snow?

No, not really, just a mulch of very white chippings on the alpine scree! Hopefully they will tone down as time goes by and not be such a startling, bright white. Old plants had spread too far, some killing off tiny, precious treasures that had been living quite happily for years, so replanting was necessary.

Alpine scree.

Alpine scree.

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The Woodland in Spring.

The difference in the woodland at the end of this month is the change of colour from the white of the snowdrops to the yellow and white of the narcissus.  When I went into the woodland to check that everything was ok after storm Katie paid us a visit , a few days ago, the only damage I found was that a honeysuckle up one of the oak trees had blown away from the tree and was lying across the fritillaries. Thank goodness no damage was done to either the honeysuckle or the fritillaries and the honeysuckle is now safely tied back in place.

Primroses are everywhere and increasing year on year.

Primroses are everywhere and increasing year on year.

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My new Meconopsis bed.

I think I mentioned a while back that 2 Cotoneaster shrubs that had formed a hedge in the back garden for the last 25yrs, had suddenly, for no apparent reason, died.

Dead Cotoneaster.

Dead Cotoneaster.

A few weeks ago,while we had a spell of dry weather, I made a start on sorting the border out.

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Bath Bulbs.

The bulbs in the little tin bath that I planted up in the winter has just about reached it’s peak now, with I think, all the bulbs flowering.

They started flowering on March 13th.

They started flowering at the beginning of March.

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New foliage for Garden Bloggers Foliage Day.

While looking round for interesting foliage this month, it seemed as though the garden was static, at least in the foliage department, as it seemed very similar to last month. Even though we’ve had some sunny days, we have also had a lot of frost most nights, which might have had an influence on whether new leaves open up or not.

Viburnum plicatum Maresii

Viburnum plicatum Maresii

Lots of new buds on the viburnum, leaves as well as flowers, soon we will have the horizontal branches adorned and it will look beautiful.

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