Having recently done a post about most of my perennials and bulbs that are flowering at the moment, I noticed the other day that blossom was starting to flower on some of my shrubs. It just so happened that ten of my shrubs were starting to flower, lucky coincidence! With lovely weather at the moment, it was ideal for a wander and taking photos. I feel I am so lucky having my garden to wander in while I’m self isolating, the sunny weather is a bonus, thank goodness it wasn’t while we had that awful rain!
Camellia flowers were the first ones that I noticed.
Following my usual path round the garden and starting in the front garden, Kerria japonica Pleniflora is flowering by the front entrance.
At the opposite side of the entrance my cherry tree has just one cluster of flowers open at the moment.
Squelching through part of the bog garden to photograph it, is a deep red camellia, I think this maybe needs moving as it is crowding out a rhododendron.
A native hedge plant is Prunus spinosa, Blackthorn, which gives us the Sloes for sloe gin, it has fierce prickles, the clue is in the name!
Just round the corner is another camellia, which also needs moving as it is too dark where it is.
Round the corner is my old faithful camellia which has flowered all winter. It was the first plant that I bought for the garden when we moved here 30 yrs ago.
Little Prunus Kojo no mai which is a sucker of the original shrub which we took out last year. I had planted it on the rockery thinking it was a small shrub, but it grew and grew until it was about 9ft tall and wide. This little sucker will be kept small!
Mahonia aquifolium forming really good ground cover in the back border.
My first japanese Azalea to show its first flower, eventually this bush has so many flowers, you will hardly be able to see the leaves.
These are my 10 flowering shrubs, in a few weeks there will be a lot more adding their pretty flowers to the garden.
Since self isolating I am being able to get so much more gardening done each day as all my groups have stopped for the time being. I have had offers of help from lovely neighbours but so far am coping well. Thank goodness the weather has improved, it is so lovely being able to get out in the sunshine and fresh air with the birds and the bees and at long last the flooding on the patio is drying up, I will just have all the mud to clear away now!
Thanks to Chloris for hosting this each month, do pay her a visit at The Blooming Garden to see other flowers braving the cold east wind.