April is the month we can usually rely on having April showers so that any new plantings get watered in nicely without too much effort on the part of the gardener, not this month though. I seem to be spending such a lot of time each morning watering new plantings as we have had hardly any rain here this month, this probably means we will now have a deluge! My daughter came to see me the other day as we don’t have to stay local anymore, but we could only meet in the garden and it was so bitterly cold in spite of the hot carrot and ginger soup with cheese scones that I made for our lunch. Once refreshed we went for a tour round the garden and this is what we found.
The primroses are still making the driveway border look rather nice, the forget me nots in between are starting to flower now, adding to all the colour.
Snow in April ?! I’ve known it in March before but April…no, not in the last 30 yrs here in the SW of the UK. It was only 6.30 this morning when I looked out and saw large snowflakes flying horizontally past the window. It was still not properly light but even so I grabbed the camera and with my gardening coat on top of my pyjamas and dressing gown, ventured out to take some photos.
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That’s what I like, freebies, plants that don’t cost anything, that can fill an odd space here or there or if you’re doing a new bed, then they can fill the space between the permanent planting for now. They can be disposable, to be replaced later when you have decided on more permanent planting, but in the meantime, enjoy! I am thinking wild snowdrops, primroses, foxgloves, claytonia and forget me nots, these are the plants that like my soil and seed around everywhere with gay abandon and I therefore have plenty to play around with.
This is where a conifer suddenly died a couple of years ago and the space has been frustrating me ever since. I should have photographed it before I started planting!
How time flies, this last month has flown by with an assortment of weather thrown at us and the latest lockdown has been responsible for me working in the garden practically every day, twice a day usually . I can’t remember when I last did so much physical work! Every day new treasures are emerging to please us and the bees, but I really wish I had a pause button as I would like to catch up with everything. I seem to say this every year, but never seem to be more organised, no matter how hard I try. The flowers won’t wait for us, so let’s go for a wander.
From the back door I can see that more flowers are opening on the rockery each day.
Normally I would start with the good, but not in this case. I think I’ll start with the bad, then the ugly and end on a high with the good. When I went into the woodland this morning I was greeted with a sight that I never wanted to see again, Fritillaria meleagris flowers ripped from their stalks!
Having missed a few Bloom Days due to being really busy in the garden getting everything ready for the snowdrop season, I can now take a breath and take a general view of the whole garden and realise that half is looking rather nice and half still has a long way to go. I will show you the better half!
Thank goodness Derek, the gardener, was able to cut the grass and do the edges before I took my photos!
The woodland is changing, now much more yellow than before, the snowdrops are almost over, but the rockery is waking up and providing quite a bit of colour which I can see from the house. All the dwarf shrubs that I planted last year are waking up and starting to flower, bulbs are coming through, more bulbs are sitting in pots waiting to be planted as I couldn’t remember where any spaces were! No excuse any more, I must get on planting them now that I can see where they can go.
Thr first shrub to flower on the rockery is Rhododendron praecox which is looking ever so pretty.
After a freezing cold week followed by a week of torrential rain of biblical proportions, we now have warm sunshine! This has made the snowdrops and crocus open up and the woodland is buzzing, I couldn’t help but smile when a huge bumble bee tried to help itself to some nectar from a dainty wild single snowdrop, poor snowdrop was weighed down to the ground with its passenger. The sunshine has brought on lots of other flowers of different colours, so the whole effect is very pretty, or I think so anyway. Come and have a wander with me.
Narcissus are starting to flower in the border by the woodland.
Ladies, you are invited to a virtual tour of my snowdrops as unfortunately we still can’t be together, hopefully by next year I will be able to invite you all to come round once more to see the snowdrops .I know the heading says “for WI Members” but my usual readers are also invited to come with us as we wander round my tiny woodland looking at snowdrops and other flowers which are braving the winter weather at the moment, so far just frost or torrential rain for us while the rest of the country is struggling with snow. Your visits usually happen at this time of year and start with coffee and cake, but I’m afraid this time you will have to make it yourself, it might be a good idea to have your mug of coffee with you as this could take some time! We will start with the flowers by the drive where you usually park your cars.
Hellebore standing up very well to all our rain.