One minute it was March, then all of a sudden it is May, where has the last month gone I wonder? I know I have been spending far too much time fiddling in the woodland and now it is panic stations trying to get the rest of the garden into some sort of order. The weeding is going well, but I’m sure the weeds are winning, not me! I took a few minutes off to take some photos for the end of April, everything is coming fast and furiously, I just wish it would all slow down a bit and let me catch up.
My Wisteria on the garage wall. This was supposedly dug out years ago, the plant had other ideas, so I now have to decide what to do with it.
If I keep it, it will need training somewhere, I’ll have to think about this one.
Red campion is flowering in all the borders, I think a bit of control might be needed.
Choisya ternata Aztec Pearl is flowering by the greenhouse and smelling beautiful!
Valerian, which you see growing out of all the walls here in the SW corner of the UK. Mine is in a wooden barrel which is rotting away, I’ll soon have to find another home for it.
Euphorbia griffithii Dixter growing in the bed by the field, this used to be a big clump but now it is greatly reduced, I wonder why?
The lovely white layers of Viburnum plicatum Maresii are looking beautiful at the moment with an Azalea behind.
The said Azalea Persil, looking yellow at the moment but will turn mainly white with a yellow slash in a few days.
English bluebells under the Amelanchier tree, spreading nicely.
The border by the old village school with Milium effusum aureum taking centre stage.
Solomon’s seal is another plant that I thought I had dug out, it had other ideas!. Seen here with Hosta Sagae, a super hosta with lovely large leaves.
Epimedium Amber Queen just gets better and better with more tiny flowers opening all the time.
A dwarf iris on the alpine scree, after a shower of rain. Love the little blue beards!
I think these are ordinary Aquilegias which have crossed with A. flabbelata which is next to them.
Aquilegia flabellata, only 7 or so inches tall, so was planted on the alpine scree as I didn’t think it would survive in the ordinary borders.
It’s only now that I’m finding out the cost of our really hot summer last year. Usually I have a waterfall of pink from my Clematis montana which has grown up the oak tree at the side by the old village school, this year it has only one flower! It is the same with my rhododendrons, hardly any flowers at all, but worst of all, I seem to have lost nearly all my candelabra primulas that were in the bog garden. The bog has always stayed wet because of the underground stream and I thought it was still wet enough last summer, but obviously not. I will have to buy a few more different ones and get sowing seed once again.
April has whizzed by far too quickly for me, has it been the same for you?