End of Month View: Green, Green and.. um, More Green

Green is very definitely THE colour at the end of April this year but there are delightful splashes of colour from tulips throughout the garden and lots of promising buds – aquilegia in particular, but also the first of the allium, geum, geranium and goodness know what else. Lots of rose buds too but, like the wisteria, not quite ready to open – but by the end of next month what changes there will be! However, in the meantime green and leafy is still delightful, as the garden lovingly begins to close in around us…

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If you are unsure how to relate the photographs in the slide show to the garden itself there is a map under The Garden tab above. Finally, let me remind you that it is Helen the Patient Gardener who hosts this end of month meme (thank you Helen), so do visit her blog to see her garden at the end of April and those of others around the world too.

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15 Responses to End of Month View: Green, Green and.. um, More Green

  1. Leanne says:

    Lots of green here too Cathy. Love the look of the bronze coralbells with the maple. Should be quite a show when the maple leafs out.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Leanne – it’s still not a very leafy maple though, but at least the bark is nice and flaky, as it should be

  2. Thanks for pointing out your garden maps. I have always been trying to figure out how big your garden is and where things are when I look at your photos. Now I get it. It really is a green moment here as well. Even though things are flowering, the new greens are so intense it is hard to notice anything else.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the garden is quite an odd shape and we have created several routes through it as it has developed so there are probably bits I have never shown on the blog. When I read about other gardens I always like to see a map so I can see how things fit together so it was logical to produce a map of ours too πŸ˜€

  3. croftgarden says:

    I’m amazed at how lush and green your garden looks. A combination of cold winds and very little rain has limited growth and with no prospect of rain for another week we may be in for another Hebridean drought!

    • Cathy says:

      Little rain at our end either – barely an inch in April, although no cold winds to speak of – but yes, still lush. Rain would be useful though, but not your normal Hebridean average thank you very much πŸ˜‰ How would you feel about a drought…?

  4. Anna says:

    Oh there is certainly colour there Cathy apart from all those glorious shades of green. I’m intrigued by the pink pots at the clematis colonnade. My eyes can’t work out whether they are planted or not.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – the pots were cut in half and the bases cut off to circle the clematis posts to keep the roots shaded. The paint was added to hide the permanent marker the Golfer had drawn his cutting lines with after misunderstanding how they were going to be used…! πŸ˜€

  5. Green is good this time of year. I like the little twinges of color here and there.
    Your map is interesting. Nice to see how all of your areas are laid out.
    Happy May… BTW where did April go?

  6. nancytol says:

    Ooo – I like the idea of adding a plan to the blog – a good rainy day job. Not much of it around in Kent (although the Bank Holiday weekend has just finished in the traditional washout fashion).

    Spring is bursting through all over the place now – wonderful.

    • Cathy says:

      Likewise here (Midlands), Nancy – April has been pretty dry although some rain towards the end of the month. The danger of having rainy day jobs means that at times like this they end up not getting done πŸ˜‰ I used a combination of our original Land Registry plan and an aerial photograph to draw up a rough map, then refined it; the hardest bit was getting the right balance of colours to define the different areas

  7. Cathy says:

    The Acer griseum and the heucheras are such a tour de force, Cathy, with their complimentary colours. Your imaginative use of space never fails to amaze!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – it was a chance encounter with just a few heucheras at first, but when I realised how effective they looked I added several more. This bed tends to dry out easily and I am hoping the slate helps as I have lost several heucheras that just haven’t established.

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