OK, I will hold my hands up, I should have realised that I was tempting fate when I wrote a post called April flowers need April showers !! Since then we have had almost non stop rain, Wednesday was when Exeter was declared the wettest place in the country with a month’s rain in just one day. Each night we are treated to views of reporters standing knee deep in water, but they aren’t in a river, just standing on the flooded roads. The rivers have all burst their banks in places, these are the rivers that were so low, that a drought order was placed on the south west and apparently it will stay in place for a while yet. How has all this affected the garden – weeds are now growing furiously, and so are the plants. The pond has now filled up again, it hasn’t been so full for a long time.
Even the ditch between the garden and the woodland has running water in it, we could almost call it a stream ! The Astilbes that I have planted there will be happy now with all this moisture and the iris will romp away.
Ferns in the ditch and elsewhere in the garden are suddenly unfurling, making the most amazing shapes. This one, Matteuccia struthiopteris, loves all the rain, can take any amount of it, so must be very happy at the moment.
Just love the fresh greens, the fronds seem to unfurl overnight.
Obvious how it got its common name isn’t it, shuttlecock fern, so symmetrical, and so much easier to say than its Latin name!
So beautiful with the sun shining through, don’t remember the sun shining!
Another name for the curled end of the frond is fiddlehead, as they look just like the end of a violin. They are also supposed to taste like asparagus but I think I would rather see them growing in the garden and not on my plate!!
The male fern or Dryopterix filix-mas, which is found everywhere, normally just a bog standard fern, looks really lovely at this time of year, as it unfurls it has such lovely furry bobbles along the length of the rachis or midrib.
At all stages of its development, it makes such interesting shapes. The bobbles then open out into pinna which are the side leaves from the midrib.
Amazing shapes, quite a contortionist!
The rain has also encouraged the hostas to start putting out their leaves, at the moment so tightly curled up, but soon they will be showing their true colours.
Another plant that has really responded to all the rain are my Meconopsis. Each day I was looking at them to see if there were going to be any flower buds this year, until this week there wasn’t a bud to be seen, but now however, buds are everywhere – hooray! Looking at last years photos the meconopsis were in full flower in April, not this year though, May will be their month.
Another rain cloud on its way, better get in the house before I get soaked as well as the plants. I would say that the garden has certainly benefitted from all the rain we have been having, just can’t help feeling sorry for the people who have come down here for their holidays, if only we could arrange for it to rain just at night time!