At this time of year, early spring flowers are fading and the next wave is getting ready to take over so there are lots of “firsts ” to choose from this time. Lots of buds are just waiting to burst forth, I think they are waiting for our weather to warm up a bit as last month was very cold indeed. However my first photo is of my last Narcissus to flower.
My last Narcissus to flower is Narcissus Actaea, a really beautiful flower with a perfume to match. I first met this variety at Llanhydrock House in Cornwall where they have a bank covered with hundreds, if not thousands of them. The perfume was almost overwhelming! I don’t have quite as many but soon my clumps will need splitting, so I’m well on my way,
My Rhododendrons are just starting to show their colours, but the first one in flower was Princess Ann, small so planted on the rockery, very well behaved and looks very pretty with her pale yellow flowers.
It will also soon be Hosta time, this is Sum and Substance which is in the woodland. It will grow huge and hopefully my blackbirds and thrushes will keep the slugs and snails away, they usually do.
The first of my Camassias has started flowering, this is C. leichtlinii and these have replaced some bluebells that didn’t appear this year as they were sitting in flood water last winter. I have read that the Camassias can cope with waterlogging, so I hope they do!
I have to include the first of my peonies to flower, P. mlokosewitschii. The bees are having a wonderful time wallowing in all the stamens, so hopefully I’ll get some fertile seeds.
I’m including my Wisteria, it is my first and my last as it is my only wisteria! Considering I thought for about 20 yrs that it was dead, it is now looking very good indeed and is covered with gorgeous perfumed flowers. I now have to decide where to train it!
These are my 6 for this Saturday, the forecast for today is torrential rain, so I’m glad I was able to take my photos yesterday. April was such a dry month, so we do need the rain but I hope there isn’t any flooding throughout the country. Many thanks to Jon The Propagator for hosting this, do pay him a visit to see what is pleasing gardeners elsewhere.