In the strange times that we are living in at the moment, I’m appreciating my garden as I have never done before. I am out there as often as I can be, all this fresh air must be doing me good, it is getting far more attention than it usually does and is looking a lot better for it. My robin is keeping me company, coming so close, I’m worried about stepping on him/her. Blackbirds are already feeding their youngsters in the nest and so many different sorts of bees are buzzing around all the flowers. Quite a few butterflies are already fluttering through the garden and the hedgehog is leaving messages all over the lawn! I really enjoyed my wander through the garden taking photos this morning, so do come with me to see what I found.
Waiting to be planted on the rockery is a dwarf form of Forsythia, hopefully it won’t get any taller than the 1 metre which it says on the label.
Forget me nots are popping up everywhere and I am happy for them to seed around as they contrast beautifully with all the yellow flowers at the moment.
Euphorbia griffithii Dixter is in the border by the field, hurray, at long last it had dried out and I can walk round the whole of my garden once more!
A lonely tulip flowering by the field, I must have planted a group many, many years ago and this is the loan survivor!
A little prunus shrub with tiny double flowers, so pretty.
Narcissus Pipit, a gorgeous late flowering daffodil with an amazing perfume.
Viburnum plicatum Maresii is just starting to flower, soon it will be a cloud of white in the centre of the garden.
Exochorda macrantha The Bride is looking just like a bride at the moment with all its blossom.
Camellias are still flowering, this one has a lovely shape to its petals, almost like a peony.
Berberis flowers are keeping all the bees happy.
Cowslips, Primula veris, are increasing so I think I can move some when flowering is over and start another colony elsewhere.
Mahonia aquifolium is forming good groundcover under some shrubs.
The Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica, is seeding nicely along the back border. I keep sprinkling the seed trying to get it to spread even faster!
Epimedium Amber Queen just gets better and better each day, putting out lots more flowers each time I look at it.
I won’t be able to go to my usual bluebell wood to admire the bluebells this year, not being able to justify it as an essential journey, so will have to make do with the ones that I have at home.
The flower clusters on Acer Osakazuki contrasting with the fresh green of the leaves.
Lunaria annua or Honesty, in the woodland, I must sow more seeds.
At last my camellia Jury’s Yellow is flowering in the woodland, it is covered in flowers this year, the best year yet!
Next to it is a smaller camellia, Cornish Snow with much daintier flowers.
White Honesty in the woodland.
Anemone nemerosa Vestal increasing nicely, but some will need moving to higher ground as they are getting very near where it floods in the winter.
Tiny Claytonia which I have decided will make a good groundcover in the bed round the dead oak.
Euphorbia melliferra which wasn’t releasing its perfume when I last mentioned it, now that the temperature has risen, the perfume is amazing, travelling right across the garden.
Purple leaved Berberis atropurpurea nana, just a tiny shrub, is covered in cream flowers at the moment.
Japanese azalea on the rockery, now covered in flower, you can’t miss it with it being this colour!
We have some much needed rain forecast for tomorrow, I know the plants will be very glad as we have now had a rather long dry spell, it will save on all the morning watering too. If the rain turns out to be a decent amount, then I should be able to start planting the rockery soon with all the plants that are patiently waiting by the back door. I just hope it doesn’t mean that part of my garden will be out of bounds again with flooding!
Stay safely at home, enjoying the garden and all the wildlife that is coming back, the birdsong is truly amazing, I can’t get enough of it!
Thanks go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting once more.