The weather has been fairly wet lately but last Thursday it was bright and sunny and going out into the garden I realised that just everything was springing into life. So I went out and did some necessary pruning and took a few photographs.
Last Autumn I planted a clematis on the right hand side of the garden. It is called Diana’s Delight and as with all the clematis I planted, shouldn’t get much bigger than a couple of metres.I have just pruned it as they say you should and hope to get an even better showing this year.
Before Christmas I planted an apple tree. I bought it mail order as I couldn’t find what I wanted at the local garden centre and it had more branches than I expected but it looks good and sturdy. It is a self-fertile Cox on M27 rooting stock. The same as I had before.
I took this photograph in February after I had pruned it. Another photograph I took in February was of the Lenten rose I had just planted. You can also see the two Christmas roses I had planted before Christmas that were now dying off.
These are on the left side of the garden in the shady bed. You can see that the Lenten rose now has more flowers.
At the far end are a couple of clematis I planted before Christmas. I have put eggshells round (as I do) to discourage slugs from having a nibble! One of these should be grapefruit scented. I wait in hope! The bare patch next to them is where I should have lily of the valley later.
In the forefront are snowdrops and pulmonaria. When I lowered the height of the bed I replanted all the snowdrop bulbs I found and replanted any pulmonaria seedlings I found around the garden. (They do seem to seed themselves, even at quite a distance away!)
However with using up the earth I removed from the bed elsewhere, I see that I have a couple of snowdrops show up under the apple tree. The right hand, sunny, side of the garden is beautifully colourful now. Here is a closer look at the herb bed. You can see the rosemary and thyme in the middle and now I have crocus and daffodils. The touch of red on the left is the remains of some winter pansies I put in to avoid having a bare patch where some lavender will be planted.
The best looking crocus are in the other small island bed though. There are lots of other things as well.
This is a photo I took when the sun was really bright. On the right you can see the garlic and one of the three Christophe alliums that I am very fond of. Garlic is about my only culinary crop because it is so easy. Mind you I just take a few cloves out of the fridge and they don’t grow very big.
In the foreground above you can see my patio rose: Dream Lover. It should be bee friendly and scented!The spikes and the slate are to discourage cats from doing you know what!
The middle bed at the back is the least interesting to look at, at this time of year but this is the sedum that I reduced and replanted. I also replanted the primroses that someone gave me last autumn. Maybe I should have put them in the other way round. The flowers don’t want to look at me!
And underneath the fuchsia I found that there was still one of the Springtime cyclamen I planted a few years ago.
I hope you enjoyed a little Springtime peak at my garden. I must go out soon and buy the lavender and a daphne I want, as they become available.