The rockery has had flowers blooming since January when some snowdrops started flowering alongside Rhododendron praecox. They were joined by quite a few hellebores in February and March now has the start of the daffodils alongside the hellebores. When planting I was very concious of not wanting there to be colour in this area just at springtime, so have tried to find plants that will perform in waves through the year.
Looking across the rockery to the back corner of the garden , through to the boundary formed by a Devon bank.
Looking the other way towards the woodland.
There are lots of different primulas flowering at the moment and some still to come. Also at the front is a solitary hyacinth, there were three planted here after they had flowered in pots in the house, I wonder how long this one will last!
Nice colour though, must get some more, it picks up the blue of the tiny veronica in front.
I think the wild primrose has been misbehaving with my dark primula. Its nearly forget me not time!
I think this is the dark primula that the bee visited before going to the wild primrose.
Primula sibthorpii has increased nicely since moving it here, I must move some to the other side of the rockery that is still not showing much colour.
Quite a number of shrubs are showing signs of flowering soon. This is Prunus Kojo no mai, a lovely little shrub that does grow quite big if you don’t prune it after flowering, this is a sucker of the original which grew too big.
Can you see 2 more suckers, one behind the drumstick primula and the other to its left. I think the one behind the primula can stay but the other one must be moved to the other side of the rockery if possible.
This side is lacking in colour at the moment and also in the number of shrubs that I have planted here. I think 3 or 4 small shrubs will make all the difference and when other plants have been split and more bulbs added in the autumn, by next year it should look a lot better.
I am still picking bits of roof tiles up from the rockery, even from the far side. I heard from my insurance company yesterday that they are paying my claim in full so that is a load off my mind, I can just concentrate on gardening from now on!