End of Month View: What’s the Buzz? Tell Me What’s Happening…

IMG_1963……as I can hardly keep up with it all! And comparing this month’s pictures with those from 12 months ago clearly shows the contrast of last year’s late spring with its more precocious successor – last year there was plenty of bare earth to be seen, whereas now there has been a takeover bid by the greens. This will be a whistlestop tour around the garden to show what’s happening at this particular point in time so for those not used to the layout there is a map (which needs a slight update- sorry!) to show where the different areas are.

Above is the paved area directly behind the house with pots of ‘Angelique’ tulips and pansies and Clematis montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’ now running amok in the magnolia. The tulips in the big circular pot are an unknown mixture. Below is the streamside area, the grass now growing strongly but full of ‘Tête-à-Tête’ leaves and cowslips. One of the new witch hazels, ‘Magic Fire’, is in the left foreground. The stream is currently running again with another new pump, but still leaking – I have decided now to run it on a timer for only part of the day to reduce the water loss.

IMG_1964The woodland, as always, speaks for itself. The wood anemones are almost over but the bluebells seem happier than in previous years as, unfortunately, does the wild garlic – too happy in fact!

IMG_1965My recent bench sitting took in views of these borders, which appear to be feeling out beautifully although in fact do still contain clumps of plants which don’t earn their keep. Various old astrantias that seem to have been hiding for a couple of years have reappeared and some of last year’s newbies are reappearing healthily so there is still promise amidst the old staidness – and there are lots of annual seedlings waiting to add their colour to the beds this year, and I am quite hopeful of a reasonable result. The hostas in pots in the foreground are definitely proving to be a success.

IMG_1966The clematis colonnade is perking up too, and the observant reader might notice that there are some colourful additions as some more Clematis alpina have recently been added to the other posts. The two year period since this feature was put together has seen the original clematis beginning to pick up again after their upheaval, and the newer hardy geraniums are beginning to settle down at their feet although won’t be creating a solid mass of growth this season.

IMG_1975The woodland edge border, seen from both directions is, however, a solid mass of greenery now that the Geranium phaeums have come through and begun to flower, joined by a couple of the rhododendrons; meanwhile, the hellebores keep their structure and form with their faded flowers, whilst the pulmonarias are lovely leafy clumps. Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ is not yet visible above this growth, but he will be soon, having a reputation to maintain!

EOMV.April14aThe ‘ex-hot’ and proposed ‘bold’ borders are making a warm start with geums starting to flower amongst the tulips, the latter posing questions in my mind about next season’s bulbs.

EOMV.April14bThe blue & white borders are a patchwork of blue and white and green, with promising growth on some of last year’s new additions, like phlox. I am waiting to determine the colour of the self-sown aquilegia that has shot up before its fate is decided – in or out?!

IMG_1973In the top right corner you can just see the first rose of summer (Mme Alfred Carrière) which featured in yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday; plenty of buds elsewhere in the rose garden but none opening yet.

IMG_1974Heading back towards the house past the species snowdrop border this is gaining more interest with new additions continuing the white and green theme, so there should be less bare ground out of the snowdrop season.

IMG_1976And finally the hedge border, developed just a year ago after the removal of the D****’s plant and coming along nicely with a mass of white Anemone blanda, Primula denticulata and a white bergenia all in flower at the moment.

Rambles continue to take longer as there is so much stopping and staring to be done, and I am so pleased to have this monthly record to look back on to see how things have changed from year to year. Thank you to Helen, the Patient Gardener, for facilitating this End of Month View, and do pop over to her blog to see what is happening in her and many other gardens at the end of April.


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28 Responses to End of Month View: What’s the Buzz? Tell Me What’s Happening…

  1. Annette says:

    Everything is growing like mad and is covering every inch of ground at an alarming rate. Just read the other day one shouldn’t let Allium ursinum run free unless one has a sufficiently large wood. I’m trying to establish it in our wild wood and hopefully will have enough for cooking soon. Love your blue and white and the bold bits in your garden. Cleverly designed as it seems so big.

    • Cathy says:

      I would like to think I am not letting the garlic run free, but I shall have to make sure I don’t turn my back for too long – and there’s too many flowers to pick and eat as I go along!! 🙂 Thanks for your kind comments – no clever design in the garden,though, but perhaps just serendipity – and of course photographs are deceptive! You will have to see it in the flesh and make your own mind up 😉

  2. rusty duck says:

    I’m considering getting Mme Alfred Carrière. As well as being early flowering isn’t she the one happy with a bit of shade?
    The garden is looking beautiful Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jessica – I am beginning to feel that post-retirement efforts and financial expenditure are beginning to pay off! Full sun or partial shade for Mme AC, I think, and happy on a north facing wall – mine faces eastish, so gets early sun.

  3. thenewdeli says:

    What a lovely garden …….and the best time of year….all hope and promise. Very exciting 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thank you – and in fact writing and photographing for this blog has confirmed that there are things to savour in the garden every month of the year. Hope and promise – definitely! 🙂

  4. Chloris says:

    I enjoyed a lovely ramble round your garden. Thank you Cathy. It is all looking wonderful with so much to see. It does you great credit. Your Dicentras are magnificent. I love your hot borders and the blue and white is a lovely combination.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – I have to admit to being quietly chuffed with it’s progress. I noticed today that the white dicentra in the species snowdrop border was very much taller than the one in the b&w border, perhaps cos the former is shadier? The b&w border is indeed filling out nicely – I have put some of the dinky blue campanulas along the base of the wall which should look good as they flower for so long

  5. Kris P says:

    Your garden looks wonderful, Cathy. I particularly like the woodland and hot/bold areas. I’ve always loved the idea of a woodland garden but that’s not easily created in my hot, dry climate.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – are there any trees or very tall shrubs that do tolerate your climate that you could create a winding path through, giving the effect of a woodland walk? Our woodland (with the anemones and bluebells) was started from scratch in 2000 and the woodland edge border with the hellebores and rhododendrons was started in 2002 – both were just grass before then

  6. Tim says:

    Thank you, once again, for a look at your wonderful garden. Your hard work and dedication surely pays dividends and does you great credit.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thank you Tim – I do feel it’s becoming to come together nicely. I might even tackle the celandine again this weekend.. 🙂 By the way, you didn’t say if you wanted any wood anemones…

  7. Anna says:

    I enjoyed your April update Cathy. Everything happened so quickly last month that it left me breathless in its wake. Your woodland garden looks so tranquil and cool – a perfect spot to retreat to on a hot day I would imagine. Your hellebores are hanging on well. Is that your new ‘Totally Tangerine’ geum planted in the to be ‘bold’ border? If so it looks more than happy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – I can hardly believe the growth myself. Yup – that’s TT all right – it was a good size plant, being from Wisley and all, and it looked at home immediately. The flowers are rather bigger than the other geums I have, which was a pleasant surprise

  8. I love your garden, Cathy! Thanks for showing us around. And the map brings it all together. So many different planting areas and features, and loads of places to sit and admire! Particularly like the clematis colonnade. How many posts are there and are they all planted up?

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Ali – and I am glad the map helps, as I always find them useful when I am looking at pictures of a garden I haven’t visited. There are 8 posts on the collonade and they do all have clematis planted up them, some moved from their previous locations and some newer additions – on and some that aren’t sure if they are alive or dead yet. There are probably about 3 on each post, more than likely not always the best combination and may need an overhaul once they all get going. The original idea was to have early/mid/late on each post.

  9. Pauline says:

    Such a lovely tour round your pretty garden Cathy, it is all coming on so well ! I’m always drawn to your shady borders, possibly because that is the sort of gardening that I like best, having so much of it. Have a good weekend!
    Thanks for your e.mail, everything seems to be working now!

    • Cathy says:

      We do indeed like our woodland areas, don’t we?! With annuals waiting in the wings too I have higher hopes this year for the garden as a whole than ever before, Pauline – for once the garden should be ‘full’, although I am sure there will be plenty I am not completely satisfied with! Glad you are up and running again!

  10. Christina says:

    Good to see everything flowering and the images show the warmth of the sun. Enjoy the ramblin’

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – Saturday was blue sky and sunshine all day and this week is forecast warmish although probably wet so growth will continue apace!

  11. Cathy the phrase ‘England’s green and pleasant land’ comes to mind, I love your hot bold border with the bright splashes of flame red and orange, your woodland edge and trees are still my favourites, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Frances. I am not sure how well the ‘bold’ borders will work out, as I am introducing bright blue and hot pink amongst existing things, but I am excited to try it 🙂

  12. Your garden is filling out amazingly well Cathy, so much to delight the eye, it all has a wonderfully relaxed and pretty feel to it. Though it must keep you busy pretty much nonstop! I really like your blue and white border, and the geum is settling in rather well, must get my order in…

    • Cathy says:

      I am beginning to do a lot of pottering, plucking out weeds – but mostly just looking! I can’t imagine what it would be like not to have a ‘job’ to do in the garden though!! 🙂

  13. bittster says:

    HI Cathy, I just enjoyed catching up with your garden and being a little intimidated by your industry. Everything seems so well tended, and no project goes uncompleted!
    I somehow unfollowed your blog again, most likely a stray finger tap on a too-small screen, so it’s nice to be back. The wallflower has also grown on me, I like it in the bold border, I think it really reinforces the reds…. but then I tend to overdo the dark foliages and dark flowers so take that with a grain of salt 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Good to have you back!! Please don’t be intimidated by any perceived industry – it is only fairly minimal most of the time, honest! I know I do like a good project to get my teeth into but there is nothing on the horizon other than a bit of ‘tarting up’! I have grown to tolerate (OK, quite like) the wallflower too, but it is too tall where it is and will be coming out 😉

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