It may have been a damp and gently drizzly day today but I have been in my element on rambles round the garden – like the proverbial child in a sweet shop! Regular inspections of the burgeoning buds of Clematis alpina on the colonnade have paid off and the the first swollen bud is now splitting, this one being ‘Ocean Pearl’ – and there will be many more to follow in the days and weeks ahead.
Throughout the garden buds are appearing on tulips – and not just the smaller species, although they will generally be the first to flower. Look at the shape of the nascent buds of this one, which I think is Tulipa ‘Praestans’ – what elegance, what style!
Perhaps not as numerous as the clematis buds or as elegant as the tulip but still equally welcomed on my rambles are buds on (clockwise from top left) Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, cowslip Primula veris, Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’ and long awaited Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’: