Easter Monday was wall-to-wall sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. Winds were light, but icy cold. After lunch, the garden was warm enough to work with a lighter jacket, and ohh..that was good.
The day started off with husband and I struggling into an open area between shrubs and under the Acer at the back of the garden, a little area that I want to try to develop as a den for visiting grandchildren…when the lockdown is lifted.
We did some weeding and pruning, then left it at that to wait for inspiration to tell us what else to do with this little clearing. The rest of the week was spent potting up a few new plants, more weeding, feeding, tidying up and having Zoom meetings with family and friends. What a strange life we’re all leading right now. Mid-week I was able to start potting up some of my seedlings! 😁
But let’s get started – here’s my six for this week.
I can’t say in all honesty that I love wallflowers, but despite that, I seem to grow them every year. This year I planted a number of bare root wallflowers in two varieties, Fire King and Purple Shades (which is just about to flower) both have grown well, with the exception of one batch that something made a meal of, leaving only stalks.
I feel they’re quite an untidy plant – I don’t like the way they hold onto their fading petals, but when I look at them closely through the lens of the camera…well, it’s a whole different story. It’s art. It’s paint, in the most vibrant colours, splashed around in the most creative manner. In the garden, I want to tidy them up. On the computer, I just love their amazing form and colour. So do I love them or not? I truly can’t decide. Next year I’ll definitely order Fire King again, perhaps that says it all.
I’ve seen Tulip Showcase described as having “petals of the deepest purple” and this packet of bulbs bought at a garden centre has left me wondering if they are indeed Tulipa Showcase. Even when viewed in the deepest shade, Tulipa Showcase doesn’t strike me as being of the deepest purple.
They’re lovely though – they absolutely glow in the sun and no matter where I place the pot in the garden, the eye catches them. I’ve looked at images online and the colour varies from pale lavender to pink to that lovely deepest purple which was what I thought I was buying. I’m not put off, I’ll lift them once the leaves die back, store them until early winter and replant them because although they’re only five, they put on a good show.
These are new this year, and although this week has been sunny, it’s also been windy too, so photographing delicate plants has been a wee bit of a challenge. These pretty Summer Snowflakes are planted among the Forget-me-Nots and Muscari, and I rather love the effect.
On Easter Monday (what a glorious day) I was on my knees, crawling around in the undergrowth of an area right at the back of the garden, weeding and feeding the soil when I became aware of a strong perfume. Crawling a little bit further behind the now very large white camellia, I found what I thought was the little Daphne that was planted some years ago. Hidden so well behind the Camellia, and with only two flowers on the plant, against all odds, it seems to have survived the shade.
But the leaves don’t look exactly like those of the Daphne that I’m viewing online, so perhaps it’s not a Daphne after all – could it be a Viburnum?
In the greenhouse, the overwintered Pelargoniums and cuttings have been growing well. I’ve cut off earlier flowers, but have now decided that they really want to show off their blooms, and I’m letting them loose to do their own thing.
I’ve potted some of the larger plants into their outdoor containers and popped them under the staging where I’ll keep an eye on them until all chance of frost has passed.
Finally, some hostas are still underground, but others are stretching up tall and it won’t be long until their leaves start to unfurl to show off their fabulous shapes and markings. I can hear the snails getting their battalions ready to march to the feast.
I’d love to be able to say what varieties they are, but they’ve been in the garden for many years, and I’ve long since forgotten their names. Here’s a few of those that are dotted around the garden.
Enjoy your gardening this weekend everyone, stay safe, stay healthy…and let your garden keep you happy. 🌈
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All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.