……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.
My 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.
The 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.
The 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!
The 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?!
In 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.
Heading 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.
And 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.