Many of my spring plants and bulbs are starting to fade now, and I’m beginning to empty a few pots. When I look around the garden for colour – it’s mostly green, but that’s a sign of new growth, new plant life, and the march towards brighter, warmer weather.
The crab apple, Malus Evereste, will be in bloom soon, as will Amelanchier ‘Ballerina’. Acer ‘Bloodgood’ always puts on a good show in spring, especially in the early morning when the sun is backlighting its leaves. The tulips are pushing up to peek over the tops of their pots, and a few in one of the borders are almost ready to open. Hostas are stretching upwards, roses have new growth that will soon attract aphids in large numbers. Perennials are coming back to life, ready to add colour back into the borders.
The greenhouse is getting busy. I ran out of window ledge space in the house this week, so it was just as well that some of the seedlings were big enough to move into the greenhouse. I think the overwintered pelargoniums are going to have to be potted into their outdoor containers and moved below the staging to make room for all these seedlings. I always grow way more than I need, but the excess (if they all germinate) doesn’t go to waste – they’re usually passed on to family or friends. This year that might be a problem if we’re still in lockdown and restricted to our homes at the end of May.
Enough chatter, here’s my chosen six for this week. 😁
I don’t think I’m going to have that lovely swathe of vivid blue that’s been a feature of the garden in recent years as most of the plants have seeded at the wrong side of the border and not at all at the top border. But wherever they grow, they’re a happy, vibrant sign of spring. I’ll scatter some of the seed this year, then if necessary move some of the little plants around in early spring next year.
I adore Heucheras and have quite a few in various borders. Although the plants are just beginning to reveal their vibrant coloured leaves, Heucheras, otherwise known as Coral Bells (that’s such a pretty name) are little marvels. In this garden the plants are rather sad and tatty during the winter months, but now, some are starting to reveal their potential. I love their tall wispy flowers that look particularly good when they are planted en masse in a container.
The tree is now in full bloom and desperately trying to hold on to its blossom. Thursday, in particular, was very windy, and the garden got a real good watering with quite heavy rain. Neither the wind nor the rain featured on our weather forecast, which restricted gardening activities that day, but the blossom mostly held on. I think by next week it will be gone, so it’s probably time for it to say au revoir until next year. It’s been beautiful and I’ll miss it – but it will put on another show when it’s little leaves turn vibrant autumnal colours later in the year.
Three more deliveries this week and there are a few more plants still to arrive. Orders are being despatched as each item become available and our postman must be wondering what we’re doing with all these ‘live plants’ boxes.
The first three shots here are plants that are heading for the front (and slightly neglected) garden.
Made from some surplus pieces of wood, the planter has been painted to match the colours of the little ‘summerhouse’. I didn’t ask for it to be made, it just appeared. 😀 It would have looked good with some of the tulips in it, but it’s too late now, so I’ll have to work out what to put into it for summer. I’m thinking strong, bright colour, perhaps oranges with purple?
Many spring and summer flowering plants have leaves that are beautiful just on their own and some of my favourites are Geum, Alchemilla Mollis, Peony, Aquilegia, Heuchera and of course, the one featured here, Astrantia. Those that survive above the soil during winter, sport stunning new outfits of sparkling white when the frost arrives. Frost on the leaves of Geum and Alchemilla, in particular, are favourites, there is something magical about looking at the frost-coated shapes of their fading leaves.
But right now, the leaves of this Astrantia major are fresh, lush green and deserve to be photographed just as they are.
This Easter weekend most of us will remain at home, many without the company of family members who normally visit at this time of year. Undoubtedly it will be a difficult time, but the main thing for us all to remember is that it’s temporary – and if we all isolate ourselves we will get through it. Stay safe everyone, stay healthy, and stay happy in your gardens. 🌈 xx
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All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.