Time is flying by so quickly, the month of April has flown by, I haven’t done half the things that I had hoped to do…..help! We had quite severe gales last weekend with the wind ripping the new young leaves from the trees, at one stage the back lawn looked as it does in the autumn, the only difference being that the leaves were lovely new green ones. Horse Chestnut leaves were ripped off, along with the flower spikes, so I think we will be short on conkers this autumn. The last few weeks, I have been concentrating on weeding borders in the main garden, but while my back has been turned, the weeds have popped up in the woodland and are taking over!
The woodland is now going through a quiet phase, this is when I normally don’t photograph it as it isn’t very interesting, just lots of snowdrop and narcissus leaves dying back and snakeshead fritillaries forming their seeds. As I have decided to show this part of the garden for my End of Month View, I will just have to bite the bullet and show you some photos of it, warts and all! There are still a few flowers to be seen, but I will start with a general view from both ends.
Looking towards the former school, all very green, you have to look hard for the flowers.
Looking towards next doors garden. The chestnut trees now have theirs leaves and flower spikes.
Euphorbia robbiae is slowly carpeting the sides of the ditch between the woodland and the back garden.
Ferns are now unfurling and making their presence felt.
A hosta, given by a friend is keeping company with the maidenheair fern.
Just across the path is a holly fern with totally different fronds.
The male fern looks just like a Bishop’s crozier as it unwinds.
Cow parsley or Queen Anne’s lace has jumped over the hedge from the lane outside where it is billowing along all the road sides. I will have to remember to deadhead it before it goes to seed or it will take over.
I found two more corms of Cyclamen repandum under a rhododendron, these are quite a way from the original corm, so they are spreading. Maybe I should collect some seed and help them on their way.
The original corm now has three corms so hopefully these will now increase.
English bluebells, Hyacinthoides non scripta are also spreading where I sprinkle the seed each year.
Meconopsis cambrica, the Welsh Poppy also seeds around and so far isn’t a nuisance. I think it can become a problem in lighter soil than I have.
Still a Dicentra to me, it will take time for me to get used to its new name! Lovely white lockets dangling in the shade to brighten it up.
Geranium phaeum has put itself in the woodland, I have a plant of it over by the border by the farmer’s field, that is easily 200ft away, so I’m not sure how it came to be in the woodland. I think it will need to be moved, it is right by the path and would look better if it was further back. The strange thing is, half of the foliage is variegated?!
This is what the snakeshead fritillaries look like now, all those lovely flowers in my header photo are now making their seeds. In a while I will be able to sprinkle them in different areas in the woodland.
Some of you may remember that the top of one of our oaks was snapped off in the gales in the winter. This has let light and sunshine into a corner for a couple of hours, that was always very deep shade previously. With it being so dark I hadn’t tried to plant anything there, but now we have weeded it and dug in lots of compost and leaf mould ready for planting. I have brought some special snowdrops from the front where they weren’t very happy and will plant some narcissus when autumn comes. In the meantime I have some planting to do with heucheras, hostas, astilbe, dicentras and ferns.
Then I remembered the forget me nots that had seeded themselves into the gravel drive and
the candelabra primulas that I have grown from seed and
all the white foxgloves that I have grown from seed, I will have to re-adjust the spacing of the plants!
Right at the end of the woodland is the stump of an old Chestnut tree which I thought would make a nice planter if I can make a hollow in the centre for a hosta and a couple of ferns.
By next month all the snowdrop and narcissus leaves should be gone, all the plants in pots should be planted, then I can make a start making the rest of the woodland more interesting for the summer months. Thanks must go to Helen at The Patient Gardener for hosting this end of month review, please do pay her a visit and see what other gardeners are reviewing in their gardens.