More and more flowers are opening each day, making the garden very springlike. The weather has been beautiful since Easter, but last weekend was a lot colder, still sunny but colder. Because of the warmer weather, daffodils have been going over quite quickly, but more buds are opening each day extending the season.
Narcissus St. Patrick’s Day was late again, I think he has only been flowering on time once since I bought the bulbs about 10 years ago, it was well into April before the flowers opened.
Narcissus Geranium shows up well in the border.
Narcissus Tete a Tete are on their last legs now, they made a lovely splash of yellow all round the garden.
Just opening this last week is Narcissus Thalia, a really lovely white Narcissus which I have spread about the garden turning the garden back to white.
Also just opening is N. Sailboat which is fairly new to the garden and I think will soon become a firm favourite.
Caltha palustris is a large Marsh Marigold planted at the back of the pond. The leaves will end up quite huge after they have stopped flowering, it needs plenty of space.
Primula denticulata is the first primula to start flowering in the bog garden. This area is only just waking up, all the candelabra primulas are now showing their leaves, hopefully by next GBBDay I will have a lot more primulas to show you. This clump look as though it needs splitting, another job on the “to do” list!
Scilla siberica are seeding about happily on the alpine scree, they are increasing year on year.
Also on the scree are a couple of tiny flowered narcissus, such dainty little flowers with rather a lot of leaf! I think this one is N. Minnow.
This lovely tiny flower is found in Narcissus Division 3, small cupped, but I can’t find its name, so pretty though!
Iris japonica has such beautiful little flowers, they are much smaller than in the photo. I just wish the foliage wasn’t so messy!
Bergenia Beethoven is by the front door, there are quite a few clumps and I’m thinking that some of them could come into the woodland in the autumn.
Blossom time has arrived in the front garden, the cherry tree has lots of double flowers.
Lots of bees were making the most of the sunshine, buzzing around all the blossom.
The Berberis by the garage is attracting lots of bees.
Yes, still flowering by the back door is the Chaenomeles which I’ve been showing since November. I think it is almost finished now, but non stop flowering for 6 months is pretty good in my book!
The same goes for Viburnum Dawn by the field at the side.
And the same goes for the Camellia in the side corner, this still has lots of buds waiting to open. I’ve never known the last 3 shrubs to flower so well all through the winter, we had plenty of frosty nights but never a severe frost, so the blossom wasn’t affected, they deserve a rest now!
Exochorda macrantha The Bride is between the pond and the pergola making a nice splash of white at this time of year.
Euphorbia melliferra has started to pump out its wonderful honeyed perfume in the back garden. With the wind in the right direction this can travel 200ft+.
The flowers are a bit strange and I’ve noticed that it is pollinated by flies and not by bees, I wonder why when it has such a super perfume. It must like life here with us as I pot up seedlings all the time to give away at plant sales. It is more shrub like than other euphorbia and can grow to 5 ft x 6 ft, it is evergreen so has a good presence all year round.
Ranunculus Brazen Hussy seeds about like the wild celandine, but more is allowed to stay in the garden. The yellow flowers contrast beautifully with the chocolate coloured leaves!
Opening just too late to be included in my post about the woodland ephemerals, is Erythronium Knightshayes Pink, named after one of our local National Trust Houses.
Also just opening is Erythronium White Beauty, this is almost hidden under a Rhododendron so I must move it when it finishes flowering, then it will save me having to get down on my knees to photograph it!
Erythronium Pagoda is increasing nicely, this one is at the top of the bank to the ditch, I could maybe find a better place for it as other plants around it have grown so much.
Camellia Jury’s Yellow is covered in beautiful flowers at the moment. This shrub is in the woodland, there are a few more camellias there but none of the others are flowering yet.
Muscari Valerie Finnis is on the alpine scree and is increasing nicely, more lovely pale spikes emerge each year, it isn’t seeding around but must be increasing by making new bulbs.
I must sow some more seed from my cowslips if the pheasant is going to take his share of the flowers! Imagine a cowslip with bright red flowers, I had one a few years ago and moved it to a bed far away from the wild ones. The other day I found it was almost flowering, I thought just one more day, then I would photograph it. I went to photograph it for this post and what did I find, the flower had been picked and tossed aside!!!
My Japanese Azalea is gearing up ready to flower, there are so many buds, I think the foliage will be almost invisible when they are all out.
The Tulipa sylvestris flowers are now standing straight up in the woodland and the flowers are opening in the sunshine.
Having just written a post about all the woodland ephemerals, I will end with just a couple of long shots of the woodland, rather than go through them all again.
I’m not going to mention the purple flowers in the left foreground as my next post will be all about them!
Yesterday was a misty moisty morning, we had to wait a while for the sun to burn the mist away. The rest of the garden is now waking up, up till now the emphasis has been on the woodland, but the bog garden and the front border will be the next areas to flaunt their flowers along with the above, the alpine scree and the border round it in the back garden.
A splash of white from Narcissus Thalia brings the border at the back to life once more. These will be followed by lots more bulbs, mainly alliums, which stand to attention like exclamation marks!
Looking from the back through to the side garden, the alpine scree is where the variegated Yucca is. This used to be the pond before we relocated all the plants and amphibians to a natural pond at the top of the garden.
Thanks must go to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for holding this meme each month, do pay her a visit to see flowers from around the world.