The garden has been producing wave after wave of flowers, snowdrops, crocus, narcissus and now it’s blossom time once more. Time to lift up our heads and look above head height at all the flowers that are open at the moment.
By the entrance is a cherry which the previous people planted, it has two seasons when it stands out, now with all its lovely blossom and then later, in the autumn when the leaves turn a delicious orange/red.
I’m going to have to prune it a bit because now the branches sweep the car roof when we go in and out. I’m sure that my next door neighbour curses it while he is trying to cut his grass on the other side of the wall !
The bees love the blossom, when passing the buzzing is amazing, they make the most of it because the blossom doesn’t last long, a couple of gales and all the petals will be on the floor like confetti.
This is supposed to be P.subhirtella autumnalis, I sent it back once as it only flowered for 2 weeks in the spring and not on and off all winter as it should and was pink not white.. This is the replacement which is flowering for just 2 weeks again and is decidedly pink and not the white which it should be, I give up! I like trees and shrubs to have more than just 2 weeks interest, I think I will have to plant something more interesting in front of it!
Blackthorn blossom has erupted at the back of the border by the bog garden, it must have been there for some time from the size of the bush/tree, but I can’t remember seeing it flower before. It is draped with Clematis montana which is scrambling up the huge oak behind it, it then cascades down and in another month will be looking really beautiful.
Plain ordinary Laurel, poor laurel, nobody loves it, it’s just there at the back of the border, not being appreciated. Well now it has a fan! There has been building work going on next door for the last 18 months, some days the noise has been horrendous. The house right by the hedge between us is almost finished and the windows on their top floor are level with our bedroom window which has patio doors onto a balcony. Fortunately this laurel bush is between us, so I think it just needs a bit pruning off the front, the rest will be left to do its duty providing us with privacy!
My favourite small tree, Amelanchier lamarkii, just gets better and better as the years go by.
The leaves of the Amelanchier start out bronze which shows up so well against the blossom, or is it the other way round?
In the summer the leaves turn green and black fruit is formed which the birds love.
Then in the autumn, you get lovely orange and red autumn tints, such a good all round tree, doesn’t grow too big, I love it!
A gift from the birds, beyond the pond another Blackthorn bush has sprouted, it will need pruning if it is going to stay there as the thorny branches overhang some of the raised beds in the veggie garden. Last autumn it was covered in fruit, sloe gin anyone?
Spring is such a wonderful time of year, everything is opening so fast, I can’t keep up with it, if only it would slow down so that we can appreciate it more. Some birds are feeding their young already while others are still nest building, they have plenty of moss to line their nests after such a wet winter, so they must all be very cosy.