It’s looking good

The mild spring has brought the garden forward further than I ever remember it.

By the end of the first week of April the magnolias were looking splendid, the weeping willows were a lovely golden green and fat stalks of gunnera were three feet tall. But can this largesse survive without a frost until the safety of summer?

Problem with fritillaries

On my mind is a bed where fritillaries have self seeded prolifically, but so have the celandines.

I used to admire their sparkling yellow but now hate the thuggish clumps and can no longer cope with the impossibility of weeding one from the other when they each have the identical season and bulb depth. 

Anyway fritillaries only look good when flowering randomly from grass. So a job for the next few weeks is to dig up the whole lot, separate out the fritillaries and replant them in the wild flower meadow. The damp shady dug area can cope with a May replant.

It’s now the 30th April and the answer to the question about the frost is: ‘so far, almost’. We had three nervous nights when we had many plants covered with fleece, ending on the 28th when it dipped just 0.4 deg below. Most were saved by the fleece but the few which were not covered, mainly rodgersias, were sadly blackened.  But they will come back.

 

Late March

Fritillaria Meleagris

Just a few days now until the spring opening (1st April) and we are all very busy getting ready.

View taken from Cuckoo Clock

Massed daffodils have been looking good for a while, but the last few days of sunshine have kicked in that miraculous spring explosion of green shoots and early flowers – fritillaries, primula denticulata, and marsh marigolds all looking great – and the weeping willows hazed with wonderful  light yellowy green. It’s all very exciting!

Fritillaria Meleagris
Skunk Cabbage
Curl Brook

Welcome to Spring

William in the snowdrops

William in the snowdropsIt’s a day of rather cautious sunshine, a good one to welcome the early spring and to celebrate the first words of my new mini-blog on a new website. The site has been made by James Weymouth to update the one he made for me ten years ago. I hope you will enjoy them all – the spring, the site and the blog.

When writing the blog I promise I will stick firmly to the old idiom of a picture being worth a thousand words.

So that is enough already and we will take a short walk (6th March) to see what is popping up in the garden. Sadly the snowdrops are looking tired by all the wind, except for a few guarded by William, so you will just have to imagine about a million of them all looking vibrant.

More early March pictures: