There have been many surprises in the garden recently, as new blooms and blossoms appear thick and fast, having been tempted out of their slumber by the warmer days and greater light levels. Rather than revisit some of these delights for April’s Garden Bloggers Blooms Day (kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams – please visit her blog for links to other Blooms Day contributors), I decided to focus on some of the other blooms in the garden, those that have been creeping up quietly and without fuss or fanfare.
At the front of the house the viola in the two baskets have cheerfully bounced back after the snow, frosts and cold winds, looking as good as new and preparing to act as a foil for Narcissus ‘Pencrebar’ which is just breaking open its buds. In a pot under the canopy above the front door, sheltered from any rain are some beautifully blue blotchless pansies, survivors from a couple of years ago, with some equally neglected narcissi, possibly also ‘Pencrebar’.
The stalwart primroses continue to flower in the woodland, but much happier now there is some warmth to encourage them, and in the borders are a couple of clumps of Primula ‘Husky’, rejects from my Mum who admits they are ‘good do-ers’ but doesn’t like the colour. They may not have the simplicity of our native primroses but are still a welcome sight at this time of year.
The relative warmth of the last week has seen off the last of the snowdrops, but only just, leaving the seed pods to swell and spread the offspring further about the woodland edge border. Meanwhile, the hellebores are still stunning, now standing even taller and more erect than before, but much as I love and admire them I have selected just three to feature today – the huge heads of Helleborus argutifolius, a beautiful pale pink variety which has become one of my new favourites for its delicate colour, and Helleborus ‘Winter Moonbeam’, with its distinctive moon faced flowers.
Finally, I just had to show you all the pulmonaria I could find – not only are they coming into flower now but their leaves are putting on their spring coats , beginning to bulk up to form the satisfyingly large clumps that some of them have become. Some of them are named – Blue Ensign is in there, and Sissinghurst White, Raspberry Splash and others too – but with their colour and distinctive leaves, enhanced today by the sunshine, names just don’t matter as they are pure unadulterated joy: