If this post had a subtitle it might be ‘Poised’. It’s the stage I feel the garden is at as we move properly into Spring. Recent days have been cool and growth has slowed. There is so much waiting in the wings and all it would need is a couple of extra degrees on the mercury. But at least it has been dry. Great news for the gardener and much progress has been made. But oh, my aching back.
Soon. Very soon.
The most dramatic feature is still the river of blue and pink flowing down the Precipitous Bank. I’ve been working here over the last couple of days, to the constant soundtrack of birdsong and bees. When this drift established itself there were trees here. Large ones, as you can see from the stump bottom right. The plants were in deep shade. The trees came down and then last year I robbed them of even the partial shade offered by way of the huge conifer growing next to the house. Over summer they struggled. Cutting them back seems to have done the trick. They may have been later to bloom but they’ve been even more floriferous this year.
Nature isn’t doing such a bad job herself: native wild primroses growing in the Devon bank at the top of the drive.
In the garden they are widespread too, nestling cheek by jowl with the modern hybrids that have been introduced at some point.
Erysimum ‘Winter Passion’
I first saw this plant in Annette’s Aberdeen Garden last month and have been looking out for it ever since. It’s a perennial wallflower, like the old favourite ‘Bowles’ Mauve’. Success came a few days ago. A rather eventful shopping trip as it turned out because we almost got struck down by lightning. There I was with a Euphorbia in each hand, trying to decide as you do, when there was an enormous flash. I heard Mike yelp behind me. He had been facing in the opposite direction to me and had seen the lightning bolt pass directly in front of his nose. Fortunately both Euphorbia came out unscathed. As did the Erysimum. Even more importantly an Itoh peony that I’ve been wanting for ages and had put in the trolley ‘just to think about’, well it wasn’t cheap, also escaped. Mike was OK too. We did have to wait an age to pay. The lightning put the power out and all the tills went down.
Epimedium x versicolour ‘Sulphurium’
Viola ‘Molly Sanderson’
I do love a bit of black. The only trouble with black flowers is that they tend to disappear when planted out in the garden. I’ve put these in front of Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer). They already look the business alongside the silver foliage, hopefully the effect will be even stronger when the white flowers emerge.
Azalea (inherited, unknown)
Anemone ‘Lost Label’
This one is a bit of a mystery too. It’s come with me through two house moves and I’ve long since lost track of the name. Which is shame because she really is a beauty. In previous years Mr P has had the flowers off before they’ve even had time to open. This year he seems to be taking a different route through the garden and long may it continue.
I’ll leave you with the last of the camellias..
Camellia japonica ‘Adeyaka’
Worth the wait.
Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find a feast of April bloomers from around the world.