I thought I would catch up with the garden before showing the photos of the wild flowers in the Scillies. When we got back, the difference in the garden was amazing, blossom and an explosion of flowers everywhere. New growth on bushes and trees show that spring has certainly arrived, and the birdsong is almost deafening – lovely!
The woodland is looking very lush with more and more flowers opening every day.
The first that I noticed, just by the bridge over the ditch, are some Tulipa sylvestris, which are quite different from the usual tulips. They have rather thin leaves and the flower head starts bent over then gradually straightens with the outer petals curled back. These seem to be increasing, so they must be happy.
Erythroniums or Dog’s Tooth Violets are so fleeting when in flower, usually only about a week or so. I always say, don’t go on holiday when they are due to flower, and what did I do- just that!
I just made it back in time, a week later and the flowers are over.
Who needs flowers when foliage looks as good as this. New growth on Pieris Forest Flame looks just like flowers from the house, such a lovely colour.
The woodland is full of Bowles golden grass, Milium effusum Aureum, and at this time of year when the forget me nots open, they go well together.
Wood anemones are everywhere too and spreading nicely in the leaf mould mulch, this one is Anemone nemorosa Robinsoniana with a hint of blue to the petals.
Cowslips or Primula veris enjoying the sunshine in the woodland.
Euphorbia Blackbird in full glory now with the lime green flowers that go so well with the dark foliage.
The summer snowflakes, Leucojum aestivum has flowered non stop, after starting in February, I was so surprised to find them still flowering away when we got home.
Euphorbia mellifera, flowering in the back garden. We saw hedges of this when we were away, super specimens. This is a seedling of a large one which died a couple of winters ago, in a couple of years time it should be a decent size, the perfume is delicious, honey wafts across the garden.
In the veggie garden, the fruit trees are starting to flower, will we have bees to pollinate them or do I do it, buzzing as I go?!
The next area to wake up is the pond and bog garden, here we have a large marsh marigold and Lysichiton. The marsh marigold seems to have swum into the pond from the bog garden and the Lysichiton has slid off its shelf somehow, it will have to be a bit warmer before I get into the pond to sort them out!
Safely planted at the edge of the pond is the white version, Lysichiton americanus.
The pond area is looking a bit messy, must tidy it soon. The variegated iris seem to have slipped off their shelf as well, have to sort them out too.
To the right hand side of the pond is the bog garden where we have my favourite fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, the shuttlecock fern. Each day more and more fronds unfurl making such lovely shapes.
At the end of the bog garden where there is a pathway through a woodland edge border, the cowslips are out in force once more. For anyone new to reading my blog, 3 plants were given to me by a dear friend who died a few years ago from cancer and these plants are the offspring from the originals, she always imagined me having a drift of them, I think she would be pleased at how they have multiplied.
A new purchase from a garden we visited a few weeks ago, Zantedeschia aethiopica which should be happy in the bog garden as it is usually found in ditches in South Africa!
I have spent quite some time since getting back, transplanting seedlings of meconopsis and candelabra primulas into the bog, hoping for more drifts in a couple of months time, that is if they flower this year!
I was amazed to find Hosta June fully out in leaf, all the others are just spiking through the soil, with no sign of them opening up yet.
In the border round the dead oak, Erysimum Bowles’s Mauve has flowered non stop all winter in spite of being cut back quite a few times, It is getting rather woody now so I’m thinking that cuttings must be taken soon to keep it going.
Narcissus Thalia is everywhere but there is still room for more! Such a lovely flower bringing patches of white to the garden.
Narcissus Pipit really is an amazing daffodil with the most gorgeous perfume, a pity they can’t bottle it! I love the centre which fades to white and the yellow is a soft buttery yellow not bright like Tete a Tete.
Over the last week, epimediums have started to flower, this one is Epimedium Pixie with lovely pink and yellow flowers, the new leaves emerge bronze but soon change to green.
This old Epimedium is as tough as old boots and gets cut down in February if I remember because the foliage otherwise would hide the dainty flowers.
Camellias are all flowering beautifully with loads of buds thanks to all the rain last year.
The front garden is starting to wake up with Peony mlokosewitschii, thank goodness she didn’t decide to flower while we were away. Last year we had 7 flowers on here, this year we have 10 buds, so getting better each year!
By the front door is Bergenia Beethoven which is spreading quite a bit now so some can be taken off and put into the woodland, I think it would like it there.
Forget me nots are spreading everywhere in the Bee and Butterfly border in the front garden.
To the left of the front gate is a large bush of the double Kerrya japonica pleniflora, a real splash of yellow as you come through the gate.
To the right of the front gate is the cherry tree that was planted before we came here, it was absolutely covered in blossom when we arrived home. Even though the flowers are double, bees are always buzzing round here, hope its not in vain.
Opposite the front entrance, by the garage is a large Berberis darwinii bush, literally covered in flowers, happy bees buzzing each time I go to get my car out.
This turned into a bit of a marathon, thank you if you are still with me, there were so many flowers showing in the garden, I just wanted to share them all with you.