April saw a rise in the temperatures but also saw a few gales to batter the newly emerged flowers, tempted into flower by the warmth. The garden is definitely waking up and I can’t keep up with all the jobs that need doing! However some days I just wander round the garden and enjoy all the flowers with bees buzzing everywhere and we now have butterflies fluttering by, what could be better?
I know I have been mentioning this chaenomeles over the winter as it has been flowering since November, but this winter it has been amazing. Probably the warmer winter that we had was responsible for this, but we have another chaenomeles that looks the same, by the garage, and that one only flowers in the spring.
Camellia by the front door.
St. Patrick’s Day Narcissus still looking good in the woodland.
Each new clump of Muscari seems to somehow have a different navy flower with a paler topknot, it also has a much larger leaf than the others.
Some muscari have come up white and some pale blue like Valerie Finnis. They weren’t bought as a mixed bag but I like the variety.
Camellia Jury’s Yellow in the woodland.
Euphorbia melliferra has been flowering all winter but it is only now that it is warmer that we have the wonderful honey perfume. Each time I walk past, the flowers are covered with flies, I have never seen bees pollinating them.
Thank goodness for dandelions, it was just what this peacock butterfly wanted!
Rosemary. We had some with our joint of lamb last Sunday- delicious!
Lots of narcissus are still flowering although lots have finished now.
Forget me nots are popping up everywhere.
We don’t seem to have much damson blossom this year, so unfortunately we won’t have as many damsons in the autumn.
The pond is waking up, the large marsh marigold is making a good patch of yellow.
Camellia at the drier end of the bog garden.
English bluebells, hyacinthoides non scripta.
Geum Totally Tangerine has been flowering all winter. I never expected it to be in flower when the pink Rhododendron comes into flower next to it – it will have to be moved or I will have to snip the Geum flowers off for the month that the rhodo is flowering!
The evergreen azalea in the back garden is just starting to flower.
Claytonia in the woodland makes a lovely ground cover, such a pretty dainty flower.
I couldn’t not put my fritillaries in, could I ?!
Primula denticulata have settled nicely into a damp spot in the woodland.
Cyclamen repandum are still flowering in the woodland.
Erythronium Pagoda are just starting to flower on the side of the ditch.
Large coloured primulas are enjoying life in the border behind the scree. I did have some dark blue ones but they seem to have vanished, must buy some more.
It’s good to see that our resident thrush is working hard.
I hope you enjoyed your wander through the garden today. More and more flowers are opening every day, soon they will be everywhere!
Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD each month. Please pay her a visit to see other flowers from around the world.