Not surprisingly, one of my first actions on returning back from our travels yesterday was to ramble round the garden. Our weather monitor suggested there had been some rain while we were away (but only on the last day or two) but giving less than an inch in total over the whole dry month. In addition our solar panels recorded that we had as much sunshine in April as we do in the sunniest summer months of most years. There was a general lushness in the garden as a whole with the rate of accelerated growth that comes in warm springs and buds and shoots galore to discover and coo over. The shaded seedlings and young plants resting in the cutting beds area had survived well watered and slug free, and now await potting on, planting out or general TLC. Aah, it’s good to be back…!
A belated End of Month View shows just how much things have grown during April, despite the minimal rainfall. Thanks go to Helen the Patient Gardener for hosting this meme and encouraging us to record our gardens’ progress in this way. In our garden, the first view from behind the house with the trees in the background is a good indicator of how the garden begins to enclose you in a big green hug as the year progresses:
It is good to see apple blossom and the start of the Clematis montana again, but we may have missed the best of tulips in the pots here. In the streamside area, the shrub border to the right of the picture is looking very green, much of it from weeds and lanky narcissi foliage, but there is promise there – and blossom on the Golden Hornet and Profusion crab apples, both of which have been moved so that’s good news!
The woodland is lovely every month of the year and currently is a mass of wood anemones, bluebells, wild garlic, primroses and a few rhododendron flowers…. And trees…
From ‘Bill’s Chimney’ the herbaceous borders can be seen to be filling up, only wallflowers and species tulips making an impact so far but there are others things budding up nicely. The second picture, back on ground level, clearly shows how much the hostas have come on in the last couple of weeks.
The clematis colonnade is really beginning to prove its worth:
The woodland edge border (with views from both ends) fills out quickly once the hellebores have peaked and is an absolute star throughout the year. You can just see our favourite Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ peeking out in the second picture…
The geums are just budding up nicely in the bold borders and there is much of interest biding its time here, particularly in the extension in the foreground of the first picture:
The blue & white borders are looking extraordinarily lush, with a fair sprinkling of blue already from a pretty Phlox subulata, brunnera and the surprise appearance of forget-me-nots. Several of my autumn planted seedlings are in these beds and I eagerly await their flowering which will not be far off:
The rose garden is definitely in waiting with no buds apparent, but it looks neat and tidy since I edged the beds and removed the lavender. The outer beds have been planted with sweet rocket and the two inner beds are sown with mixed pink annuals.
Since the special snowdrops in their new raised bed finished flowering I have made sure the bed has been kept watered and has had liquid fertiliser added to it to boost the bulbs and build them up for next year – I don’t want to lose any. Meanwhile, I have added green or white flowered annuals to the other bulbs and hellebores that share the bed to keep the interest going for other months. Raising the bed was definitely a good move and it looks as if it has never been anything different.
I have thoroughly enjoyed rambling round the garden after 10 days away from it so thank you for joining me today and sharing my pleasure.
Oh, how we all miss our gardens when we have been away and love rushing out there to see what’s been happening. I think it’s a universal feeling amongst us gardening folk. Your garden is filling out with lots of lush growth and definitely one to enjoy rambling around.
You are so right about the missing our gardens when we are away, Alison – and at this time of year growth is so rapid and there is so much going on. I have rambled several times since we got back and keep finding something else I had missed. Thanks for dropping in – do come again!
Welcome back! I bet you saw a real difference in your garden.Your herbaceous plants are really well on and I love the idea of your garden enclosing you in a big green hug. I love your woodland area at this time with all the spring flowers.
Your garden is so lush, such great bones. Welcome back you should have such a great year in the garden.
It is amazing how quickly the garden fills out, especially after a bit of rain, and especially when you haven’t seen it for a while. Welcome back!
Welcome back, The apple blossom especially the crab apple has been particularly good this year, yours are doing well considering they have been moved.
It’s always so exciting to rediscover the garden after any absence Cathy. Everything looks so green and lush especially your woodland glade. I can see that dragon just peeping out from its lair. Glad to hear that the seedlings behaved themselves.
I love that description of how the garden encloses you with a ‘big green hug’ – sums it up so well! It all looks very green indeed and none the worse for a while alone, but I bet it missed your daily attention. Enjoy catching up and welcome back!
Love visiting your garden Cathy, there is always so much to see. Keep an eye on those pots of hostas …
So much looks lovely Cathy – I especially liked your clematis colonnade and the woodland borders. What a good idea to put your special snowdrops in that raised bed – as you say, it looks as if it has always been there. I must think if I have a similar spot … The finishing flourish, to my mind, is the lovely grey-blue you’ve chosen for your woodwork. All full of promise at the moment! I’m hoping I won’t just feel overwhelmed when I see my garden again at the end of this week!
It sounds as if you had a great trip but your garden is looking wonderful. What a joy to come home to Cathy. I think coming home and the first tour round the garden are the best things about going away. And at this time of the year things move so quickly. I bet there were a lot of ‘ Oohs’ and ‘ Ahs’ as you went round.
Your garden is definitely saying ‘Welcome back’ . It is looking really good and full of promise too.
I agree with Chloris that the best thing about time away from the garden is coming back and enjoying that first, usually surprising, walk around (ramble I mean of course). I do love how you have created so many separate areas that link together.
Since moving to this garden we find ourselves very unwilling to leave it for more than a couple of days at a time and it is always so nice to have that first walk round to see what has come on or what has gone over in our absence. Your garden looks lovely, especially the clematis colonnade and I love your wooded area … gives me some idea of what ours will look like in a few years time. Many thanks for your earlier comment and the tip on how to treat tulips, I’ll be trying that next time I cut some for a vase. Oh, on the subject of my husband and keeping labels … it took a while but I think I’ve got him trained to keep them now! I so mind not knowing the names of anything we’ve planted. I even do a bit of detective work, not always successful, on all those shrubs we inherited with the garden.
It’s tough to miss out on any stage of the garden, but the surprises and the “big green hug” that greet us on return almost make up for it. That P. ‘Red Dragon’ will make a nice focal point in the tapestry of greens. I love the way the brick work gives continuity and ties everything together.
We are going away soon to visit family. I am looking forward to seeing them but hate to think about leaving the garden at such a perfect moment. Love your description of a “green hug.”
Thanks Linda – I think I borrowed the hug idea from another blogger as it perfectly describes how it feels. Enjoy your visit and hope your garden looks after itself in your absence…
Everything looks green and lush. Love the Bleeding Hearts, hanging cone planters, and the beautiful chimney pot. 🙂
Thanks – yes, lush is a good description, but a bit of rain would help keep it that way!