…..a few degrees in the temperature makes and the sun deciding to shine shows the garden in a totally different light. I got so depressed each time I went into the garden and saw all the plants looking so burnt and almost dead, no photos were taken for a long time. The temperatures have been slowly rising over the last week and thank goodness, that awful freezing wind has stopped and now is just a gentle breeze from the south west. We have had rain for a couple of days, but that, with the sunshine today is making everywhere sparkle!
Plants that I thought had given up in the non stop freezing temperatures are now putting out new flowers, I’ll have to go round everywhere snipping away all the burnt blooms and leaves.
With plants being in suspended animation for weeks, the plus side is that they are flowering for a lot longer, Daphne bholua is still pumping out her perfume throughout the woodland. Bees for pollination have been missing in the cold, I’m sure they will now come and do what bees do naturally.
Pulmonarias and Mileum effusum Aureum have seeded about quite a lot, normally the pulmonaria would be buzzing with bees, hope they find us soon.
False oxlips are appearing wherever we have both cowslips and primroses growing together. They have the height from the cowslip but the flowers are the size, paler colour and shape from the primroses.
Cowslips, Primula veris, are flowering in the woodland, but not along the path in the bog garden yet. The woodland is more sheltered and where they are by the bog garden was getting the full blast of the freezing easterly winds so I imagine they will now get into flowering mode and try to catch up.
A coloured seedling of one of my cowslips from a few years ago. There is a red one too and they have been moved away from all the other yellow cowslips. I haven’t noticed any seedlings round about, so maybe these coloured ones are sterile, I will have to wait and see.
Looking into the woodland from the back garden, across the ditch, it is now looking as it should have done in March, plants will have to catch up quickly.
The side of the ditch on the left going into the woodland is quite colourful at the moment, pulmonarias still waiting for the bees, along with Corydalis solida and Euphorbia amygdaloides robbiae.
Not so long ago, the woodland was awash with the white of snowdrops, now it has a more yellow colouring as the daffodils open up, eventually it will be white again once Narcissus Thalia gets into its stride.
Camellia Jury’s Yellow is the one I showed a week or so ago, lots and lots of lovely buds this year thanks to all the rain we had last summer. Usually camellias and rhododendrons abort their flower buds if they don’t get enough moisture in July and August, no problem there last year!
I must leave the woodland now, have my lunch and then come and cut back scorched foliage and flowers, its also time to cut back the hellebores as I don’t want thousands of seedlings everywhere. There is such a difference in the garden now, my spirits have lifted and I am keen to get on once more with all the work that needs doing.