For my End of Month View this year, I have decided to show the woodland which will soon be flowering with all the spring bulbs that like to be under the tree canopy while the leaves are off the trees. It looks nice in the spring , but could do with more bulbs being added, plus more perennials for the summer because it goes very quiet then and I feel it needs more interest. Bulbs could also be added for the autumn and a few more shrubs for more autumn tints. At the moment it has just two seasons of interest and I feel more could be done.
Each month I will be showing the following 5 views, which I took in the woodland yesterday morning, plus any others which might show any work that I have been doing.
The snowdrops are now starting to grow, lots more are coming through each day, Daphne bholua Jaqueline Postill is perfuming the air as soon as you cross the bridge over the ditch. She is on the right behind Narcissus Rijnfeld’s Early Sensation. Cyclamen coum are flowering throughout the woodland, I hope you appreciate that I had to stand in the ditch to get this shot from the right hand end of the woodland!
Standing at the far right hand side of the woodland, this is the view looking back towards the bridge and the back garden. The large snowdrop at the front is one that has lost its label, but it is an elwesii hybrid, I think maybe Little John. The bush in the background is a Rhododendron which was fantastic last year but there aren’t many buds on it this year.
This view is from the left hand end from the corner nearest to the back garden. This end of the woodland is always wetter than the other half and at the very front of the photo is a shallow side ditch which runs into the main ditch from when this was farmland and all the water drained into it. The main clump of snowdrops that is in the centre is a clump of G. Magnet and the clump behind that is G.Atkinsii. The shrub on the right is Camellia Jury’ Yellow and is covered in buds so that will hopefully be flowering for next months EOMV.
Still at the right hand end of the woodland, this time at the far side, looking back to the bridge and archway. You might be wondering why I haven’t any snowdrops in the foreground, its because this area is quite wet all the time and is where I planted my Fritillaria meleagris bulbs, my snakeshead fritillaries. They have been spreading by seed for the last 10 yrs or so and now fill quite an area – that is if the pheasant doesn’t get them first. I’ve read that it is just the buds that they like so it may be worth it to make a fence of wire around them until the flowers open up. At the moment the leaves are just starting to come through, but usually they are flowering in March.
Right at the left hand end of the woodland, the ground rises slightly and slopes up to eventually form a Devon bank which forms the boundary of the property. I feel that special snowdrops should have better drainage here, so my more recent “specials” have found a home here. The snowdrop at the front is G. Lapwing, the one slightly behind and to the left is Wendy’s Gold, not showing her gold yet and the single one to the right is Gloria which I bought at East Lambrook Manor last year.
There are lots of other little bulbs planted in the woodland as well as Hellebores and perennials. Over the next few months they will take their turn to flower, making sure that I come to this part of the garden nearly every day to see what has opened up. By photographing the woodland each month, maybe I will get the work done to bring summer interest to this area that I have been meaning to do for some time now.
Thanks must go to Helen at The Patient Gardener for hosting the End of Month View, do pay her a visit and see what other gardeners are focusing on.