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.
I must remember all these different colours….
…..for when I get more plants for my Sunset border.
Last year I bought 6 Dwarf bearded iris to go on the scree, the first 2 have started flowering.
I bought them from Cayeux Iris. The white gravel chips aren’t the best background for this one!
The beard on this one starts out blue…
…but ends up white.
Who do you think would like to live in a little house like this?
A little Dormouse, that’s who! I saw this at our local garden centre and couldn’t resist it.
You may have noticed that the front of the box doesn’t have an entrance hole, the hole is round the back, so I hope the dormouse has read the instructions.
All we had to do yesterday was find a convenient tree where we could fix the box. This chestnut tree is just across the ditch from where I found the hibernating dormouse.
All fixed in place now. It looks very obvious at the moment, but I’m sure it will soon tone down and end up just like the tree trunk. I hope a little creature appreciates the fact that it now has 5 little houses to chose from!
…..and talking of mice….
While I was clearing the bed where I found the dormouse, I also found a plant of Arisarum proboscideum, the Mouse plant.
The flowers are only small and held lower than the foliage so you have to go looking for them at this time of year.
That is the end of my mixed bag for April, the weather is supposed to warm up this weekend, but I can’t say I’ve noticed it yet. I must get on with more clearing and weeding, but the trouble is, where I first weeded and tidied now needs doing again!!