As soon as we got back home yesterday I rushed inside, pausing only for the loo and to put the kettle on, and straight out of the back door to reacquaint myself with the garden. Sunshine and very warm temperatures while we were away had speeded up the quick transitions expected for this time of year and there was lots to discover, like the ‘Aveyron’ tulips shown above and frothy pink blossom on the apple trees below:
A collection of tulips from Peter Nyssen called ‘Harlequin’ were now in full flower in the cutting beds and will no doubt contribute to my next vase; I meant to plant them in a pot but forgot when planting time came around so am currently having to plant out seedlings amongst them.
Rhododendrons are not to everyone’s taste, but I was pleased to find these four newly blooming – on the left dwarf ‘Wren’ and R impeditum in the rockery and on the right ‘Percy Wiseman’ and one flowering for the first time in the woodland which will have a label buried at its feet somewhere.
Columbines are coming into flower throughout the garden, many raised from seed, so it is exciting to see how the blooms are turning out. Sadly these are not quite in focus (and are in the pinks and purples border!):
Most of my hostas are in pots and are all suddenly pushing their spikes through the slate chippings which I hoped might deter slugs but don’t. Slugs are less prevalent in the hostas at the side of the house, perhaps because there is less vegetation around, and the sink and several of the pots here have miniature hostas, which I am very fond of.
The crab apples are in full bloom, but looking particularly attractive this year is ‘Royalty,’ replanted in the shrub border nearly two years ago and seemingly much happier; previously the dark pink blooms have disappeared amidst the red foliage but this year they have been positively glowing in the sunshine. Behind it is the pink hawthorn, smothered in buds for the first time, which will accentuate the pink backdrop in due course.
I was particuarly eager to check the health of the seedlings in the greenhouses which had been kindly watered by a neighbour in our absence, and could hardly believe the growth that had taken place in just a few days – planting out was definitely a task for this week. Such was my eagerness, however, that it wasn’t till the Golfer had his own ramble and was exclaiming over the sweet peas in the greenhouse that I realised I had ‘missed’ them – how this was possible I have no idea, as the heat had boosted their fragrance and there were masses of blooms! Making up for my omission there is now a large jug of them on the kitchen table, my second vase on Monday I suppose: