There seems to be a glitch in WordPress editing options at the moment, as I can only import pictures as large, medium or thumbnail and can’t access symbols for accents and the like. Hopefully it will resolve itself in due course.
The last week or so of warmth and sunshine has had a dramatic effect on this corner against the back fence, between the blue & white border and the rose garden, resulting in dramatically luxurious foliage The tall stump is the remains of a self seeded elder, now annhialated, with deep blue Clematis ‘Lord Neville’ starting to scramble up it – he just needs a bit more support but is already showing several buds. In front of it are two different comfreys, Symphytum ‘Goldsmith’ (I think) on the left with pink buds opening to blue and white, and Symphytum caucasicum ‘Norwich Sky’ on the right. I should have taken a photo earlier, when the clumps were swathed in sunshine and a haven for bees. The taller ‘Norwich Sky’ plays away from home a little, but not enough to be thuggish (and pulls out easily if it goes where it is not wanted), and ‘Goldsmith’ doesn’t always stand as erect as this, forming more of a mat during the winter, and has spread in this corner but not elsewhere. I was trying to note the different types of bees when they stayed still enough to be noted, although this proved difficult – but there were definitely honey bees and white tailed bees amongst them.
More surprises today – the first, brought to my attention by the Golfer (his eyes being rather higher from the ground than mine) was that the couple of stems of wisteria I had trained to head round the corner and down the side of the house above the ‘back’ door had got flower buds on them for the first time – whoohoo! Having assured Helen at Patient Gardener just a few days ago that there was no hint of pink on the apple trees, I need to eat those words as there certainly is now – a definite smothering rather than just a hint! And finally, I found a tiny forget-me-not seedling in a crack in the paved area, something I have tried unsuccessfully to establish several times yet here it was, uninvited but welcome.