TS Eliot described April as
‘….. the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.’
Many roots have certainly been stirred here with a fairly average month of rainfall but, rather than acting cruelly, April always offers hope and promise with the bare beds and borders of March transformed into green mounds of expectation. EOMV is a great way of keeping records and comparing our gardens from month to month and year to year, and I am grateful to Helen the Patient Gardener for hosting the meme. If you visit her blog you will find links to several other EOMVs as well as see what is happening in her garden at the end of April.
In the picture above you can see how this area has been transformed in the last month with pots of tulips and violas and an ever-increasing amount of GREEN as the trees join in the rush to get their clothes on again. Below is the streamside grass, now growing nearly as long as the daffodil foliage it harbours, and the shrub border; note crab apple ‘Royalty’ on the right (with its dark leaves and equally dark pink flowers, looking prettier than it ever has done) and the recently trimmed and transformed variegated holly in the top left. The view from the other direction is also shown.
The woodland is at its most floriferous, with bluebells and wild garlic joining the primroses, wood anemones and rhododendron ‘Cheers’:
The main borders seen from above and from ground level, borders that were largely bare soil a month ago when those pots looked empty:
The clematis colonnade from both sides, showing the various Clematis alpina:
In the woodland edge border, shown from both directions, hellebores are fading and there are some barer patches where epimedium leaves have been trimmed for the first time. There are fat buds on most of the rhododendrons here too, and Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ is pushing up its first new shoots.
Having worked hard to improve them, the three bold borders are looking promising and the addition of annuals in due course will help fill them with colour for several months. As yet, as it is in the main borders too, there is currently little flowering apart from the odd tulip and straggly wallflower.
The blue & white borders are looking nicely blue (and green!) with grape hyacinth and brunnera:
The revamped rose garden, however, is currently the dullest part of the garden and it is hard to know how well the new roses will be performing by the date of the garden openings in June. We can but wait and see – and hope…
The snowdrop border is still making an impact even without the snowdrops, as the hellebores here seem to grow bigger than those in the woodland edge, having little competition. Note the piles of turf are still there, due to be collected by our neighbour tomorrow.
The new semi-shaded border behind the recent greenhouse addition has been planted up today, and despite the absence of a coordinated plan it still looks fairly presentable just with the addition of foliage colour and texture – but needs more work. Hostas and ferns are still waiting to be potted up.
My monthly views are essentially to record the seasonal progress of the garden so are always shown just as they are, warts and all. If you want to see how the areas fit together there is a map under The Garden tab above; the last picture is of part of the area labelled as ‘chickens’ on the map, of which a new version is now required! I shall add it to The List…