While we are all staying at home, the seasons are changing before our very eyes. When this lockdown started it was a time for all the spring bulbs to flower and we seemed to go from snowdrops to tulips in the blink of an eye, now it is the turn of iris, rhododendrons and loads of blossom, but it is still only April. I wonder which season we will be in when the lockdown is lifted.
Rhododendron time seems to be early this year, once they all get going the garden is very colourful.
You can’t miss this member of the rhodo family, a Japanese Azalea which was here before we were.
Did you know I had Princess Anne living on my rockery, she is very well behaved and doesn’t cause any problems! Tiny japanese Azalea in a lovely pale lemon colour.
Narcissus Pipit has a delightful perfume and for a long time was my last narcissus to flower.
But almost 20 yrs ago, after a visit to Llanhydrock Garden in Cornwall where we found a sunny bank covered is Pheasant’s Eye Narcissus, I bought a few bulbs and tried to create the same effect here. Unfortunately shrubs grew around them and they do like to bake in the sunshine, so for years now they haven’t flowered for me. …..
…untl now that is. I was delighted to find that a lot of my clumps have flowered this year, they must be enjoying the sunshine since I removed the shrubs. I feel that the clumps will need splitting once flowering is over, but that is not for a while yet.
Climbers are starting to make their presence felt with first of all the Wisteria that is on the garage wall. I thought this one had died a few years ago but suddenly it has clothed the end of the wall and is looking very pretty.
Clematis montana up the oak tree has recovered from when a gale blew most of it down a couple of winters ago. Last year I could only see one flower on it, but this year it is so much better thank goodness, still not back to what it was, but a great improvement.
I love to see the flowers tumbling down from near the top of the oak tree, they look like a pale pink waterfall.
Clematis Guernsey Cream is flowering on the archway into the woodland.
It looks lovely when it catches the early morning sunlight.
It might only be tiny, it might have a blue beard, but this dwarf iris on the alpine scree makes me smile each morning when I see it.
Viburnum plicatum Maresii is now covered with her horizontal lace cap doilies.
The flowers are very like the flowers of the lacecap hydrangeas.
Whereas the flowers of Viburnum opulus will look like masses of snowballs when they open fully.
The apple trees are covered with blossom, if the number of flowers is anything to go by, then this year should see a bumper crop!
I will just finish with a view of some wild flowers in the bed where I intend to have my late summer border. The cowslips, forget me nots and red campion have all put themselves there, so I will enjoy them for now, but I’m afraid their days are numbered! Once I have finished the rockery, this is the next border to be revamped, this lockdown has a lot to answer for!
What I love about the garden is that it is changing all the time, new plants start flowering and it is like seeing old friends again after being away for a year, I can’t see any of my friends or family at the moment, so this is the next best thing, thank goodness we have had wonderful weather to enjoy it all.
Thanks go to Chloris at The Blooming Garden for hosting this each month, it really is a wonderful time of year in our gardens.