In January and February all the shady areas of the garden were white with snowdrops, then came the yellow daffodils of March, now in April it changes again as Mother Nature washes everywhere white once more with later narcissus and other white flowers. This is just in time for Easter when the vestments at church and the beautiful flower arrangements are all white.
Shown below are some of the Wood Anemones in the shady areas, they take over from the snowdrops.
The tiny flowers of Prunus Kojo-no-mai are so beautiful and look far more delicate than they are.
Prunus Kojo-no-mai is a beautiful shrub and looks just like a fall of snow! Such a useful shrub, it doesn’t grow too big and should fit in any garden.
Narcissus Thalia are taking over everywhere from Tete a tete which have now faded.
Thalia are such lovely flowers, quite often with 2 flower heads like Tete a tete, and being white, they go with any other flowers that are out at the moment.
Here Thalia are joined by Prunus Kojo-no-mai.
Narcissus Geranium are putting on a good display and what a super perfume they have, when the wind comes from the south west, the perfume travels over the garden to wherever we are – lovely!
The cherry tree at the entrance is in full bloom and the bees are thoroughly enjoying it, or they were before the weather changed! Not sure of it’s name as the previous people planted it, sorry!
The blossom is at the mercy of the weather, the tree is in a fairly sheltered corner so hopefully it will last for a while, but the wind is supposed to come from the north tomorrow which could send it all fluttering to the ground like confetti!
When I approached the tree to photograph it, bees were buzzing everywhere, but I wasn’t quick enough to catch them, they went further away to blossoms round the back. These 3 photos were taken a few days ago, can’t believe how blue the sky was then.
Damsons in the fruit and veg area are now flowering nicely but each night when frost is forecast has me zooming! up the garden with fleece and old net curtains to protect the blossom – no blossom, no lovely fruit in the autumn!
Just think, each of these lovely flowers will hopefully make a lovely, beautiful, juicy Damson that we can have in either a crumble or make into jam!!
Bergenia Beethoven is by the front door and has taken over from the snowdrops that I have there. The leaves are so useful for flower arranging.
I have a horrible feeling that these are a hybrid between our english bluebells and the spanish one that is trying to take over in this country, even so , very pretty.
Pachyphragma macrophyllum is forming groundcover in the woodland, spreading slowly, think it might like a bit more moisture than it has at present.
Lovely little Iris japonica, such a beautiful flower, but so much smaller than you would expect from photographs of it. What on earth has been eating the leaf by the flower, wish I had removed it before photographing it!
The woodland is home to a few different varieties of Erythronium, this one is White Beauty, and it certainly is. It’s such a pretty flower, but so fleeting, don’t go away on holiday or you will miss it flowering!
Just starting to open its blossom is my favourite tree, Amelanchier lamarckii, the blossom is so beautiful, that is when we see it! Quite often we have hardly any flowers because the bullfinches come and eat all the flower buds!! Last year it was fantastic and this year looks as though it will be almost the same, thank goodness!
Flowering between the pond area and the pergola through to the veggie garden is Exochorda macrantha The Bride. A very pretty bush that is easily kept to the size you want it by pruning as soon as it has flowered.
This is the wild Hawthorn which is everywhere along the lanes of Devon, we are always having seedlings growing in the garden, the seed dropped by birds. This small tree has put itself just behind the pond, I still have to decide whether it is to stay, be pruned or to go permanently. I think it might stay with a bit of pruning!
A new little plant of Chaenomeles Apple Blossom planted with the fruit and veg, hoping that the bees will come to it and then pollinate everything else, it has a bit of growing to do first!
Conference pear blossom, if each one forms a little pear, then I will have quite a bit of thinning to do! Hope this year is as good as last year, we had a good number for the fruit bowl!
This Spirea was flowering in January so I was very surprised to see it flowering again. It is always the first shrub to flower with us, makes the far corner by the school look very pretty indeed.
On the archway into the woodland we have Clematis alpina White Moth with the rose, Snow goose. This is the first of my Clematis to flower although the macropetalas are not far behind.
Obviously we have other coloured flowers out at the moment, but the overall impression this year is that the garden is celebrating Easter by being dressed in white, couldn’t be nicer! Of course this all depends on the weather, and we have had some very strange weather so far this year, and also whether Easter falls in March or April. Is your garden celebrating at the moment too? A very Happy Easter to you all.