It’s no good. I just can’t resist them.
When last year’s T. kurabayashii failed to materialise I had to replace it. And what do you know, this one fell into the trolley too.
A week ago we were all saying that Spring was late in arriving. And now? A bit of gorgeous warm weather and everything has come on in a rush.
Staying in the shade garden for a moment, the Pheasant Defence System has worked and for the first time in two years I have flowering anemones.
Epimedium warleyense ‘Ellen Willmott’
I love this. As the blooms open they are pure orange.
Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’
Erythronium revolutum ‘Knightshayes’
I love this even more. Possibly.
If only it would spread. It’s such a delight to see it, but there is still only the one.
Tulip ‘Little Beauty’
The diminutive species tulip that popped up so unexpectedly last year has increased in number by 100%. Giving me a stunning total of.. two. I find myself ever drawn to the small and simple when it comes to Spring bulbs.
And then there is this..
From a mixed packet, Tulip ‘Strawberries and Cream’
The cream bulbs are just seen, yet to open.
Now, this was a freebie from a local garden centre last autumn. As you know, I’d pretty much lost the plot on tulips, given how many previous bulbs disappeared. But, what did I have to lose? I planted them in a wire cage and would you believe it: every single one has come up. They don’t have protection above ground and yet they’re still here.
The conclusion? Only the expensive varieties get eaten. Mice are discerning.
Saxifraga ‘Touran Lime Green’
I’m yet to be convinced that gardening is a worthwhile pursuit in the middle of a wood.
Between all the nibbling critters, shade and my heavy, damp, clay soil, probably only about half of the plants I buy actually make it through to the following year. Those that do though.. they grow like crazy.
This one goes from strength to strength.
It has even started to seed itself around..
A tiny volunteer, growing and already flowering in a crack in the terrace wall.
I get more blog hits via this plant than any other. How very strange.
Also in red…
Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’
From the tiny to the truly spectacular.
It’s such a relief to see the magnolia back in bloom. Last year it had no flowers at all and now it has six.
The trick I think, having established which types of plant seem to thrive here, will be to concentrate the collection on those things. And propagate like mad. I will be taking many more cuttings this year and splitting the perennials that are now congested or getting too big for their allotted space.
Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’
It should be in bloom all summer long now, I hope.
The humble primrose
Turned into something magical by a shower of rain.
The pale yellow wild primroses that still dominate the wilder areas of the garden have now been joined by sweet violets
I know Spring is really here when the geums start to bud up.
‘Marmalade’ and ‘Lemon Drops’ are the first out of the stalls this year.
But I don’t remember ever seeing this before..
Fuchsia ‘New Millennium’
A fuchsia. In April?
I had irrigation on yesterday too…
Slow down please, it’s NOT summer yet!
Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens (here), where you will find many other April bloomers from around the world.