End of Month View: Spring Has Sprung

You will need to put on your trainers this month for a quick sprint around the garden as the calendar turns over from March to April, coinciding this year with the shift to British Summer Time and lighter evenings. As always, we will take the same route around the garden so we can compare month-to-month and year-to-year, forming a useful long-term record. Under The Garden tab above there is a map which may help you get your bearings as you rush around after me. Sometimes Helen the Patient Gardener  hosts an EOMV meme that we can link our posts to, but it is a useful exercise even without this.

The starting point is always the view from the back of the house, this time with a mangle taking centre stage, awaiting a new location in the garden and a mosaic top constructed from broken china given to me by a friend who knew I would find a use for it. From here, we move to the right and the streamside and shrub border:

The streamside and shrub border

Streamside and shrub border from the opposite end


                        The woodland, with wood anemones, fritillaries, bluebells, wild garlic and primroses coming into flower

The main borders from the bothy

The main borders from ground level

The paperbark maple and bronze heuchera bed, with clematis colonnade beyond

The woodland edge border

The woodland edge border from the opposite end

Bold border #1, still timid

#2 bold border, also timid

The third not-yet-bold border

Inside the fruit cage, with temporary cold frame and lots of pots in preparation for garden open days

The front end of the working greenhouse

And the back end, overflowing with seedlings


The blue & white border

The newly constructed brick edges to beds in the rose garden

Heading back to the house, the snowdrop border on your right

The lean-to Coop attached to the house, still colourful and fragrant and even fuller of pots

Partially shaded bed at the side of the house, leading to the shady courtyard beyond

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31 Responses to End of Month View: Spring Has Sprung

  1. I enjoyed the peak into the spring garden. A beauty. I have the same walkway 💗

  2. Catherine Pritchard says:

    I love how the brick edging on the rose borders adds a touch of formality. There is so much going on in your garden. I’m looking forward to seeing it bloom this summer

    • Cathy says:

      I previously used some cobbles recycled from another part of the garden here, Catherine, but this looks much neater and will keep the soil in better!

  3. croftgarden says:

    Thank you for the garden tour. It’s a while since I took the whole walk rather than peep over the fence. I’m always amazed at your industry and clearly the garden will be as spectacular as ever this summer. Did I spy a lemon in your lean-to?

    • Cathy says:

      We have been especially industrious (or perhaps it is just normal!) since last summer, replacing a lot of internal fences and conjuring up new locations for roses. And yes, the lemon arrived with the little tree from Aldi a month or so ago – I had planned to get one last year as they were due around the same time as the Coop, but the Beast from the East also arrived and saw them off so they were not worth buying then. All fine this year but the solitary lemon still looks a bit incongruous (there are several flower buds though)

      • croftgarden says:

        Despite my best efforts I still can’t find a location for a lemon tree. The Head Builder offered to build me a garden room, but it seemed a big investment for a bush that would probably get mealy bug and every aphid within 25 miles, and would probably not live long enough to produce a flower nevermind a lemon.

        • Cathy says:

          Hmm, difficult decision – but the second part is easy if you can buy one from Aldi with at least one lemon growing it, as I did!

  4. Tracy Perez says:

    Oh that Mangle is wonderful! You have a very nice friend.

    • Cathy says:

      The mangle was bought cheaply at an auction and was ouseted from its previous place in the garden. This friend often offers me stuff she things I might be able to recycle in the garden – sometimes inspiration is slow to strike though!

  5. Joe Owens says:

    Hey Cathy. Thanks for sharing this with me, I live in Virginia in the U.S.A. and we are just tearing free from the clutches of Winter. Although we did not have snow we had tons of rain which left everything soggy for so long. I was able to get out Saturday and do some tree work and plant some lettuce, but the gardening is slow right now. I would love to spend an afternoon wondering through your garden. Keep up the good work!

  6. bcparkison says:

    I really like all of the brick and different levels. Things are looking good.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beverley – the change in levels was needed because the garden slopes slightly from back to front and side to side. I don’t notice any slope now because of course all the paths are level(ish)! Oh, and I love brickwork – any excuse for a bit more bricklaying!

  7. Heyjude says:

    The brick edges to the beds are lovely and neat. Everything looks like it is going to burst into colour any time soon.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – some things perhaps, but it will still be mostly green for some time. I was excited to see the damson in full bloom today and the appleblossom won’t be much longer though…and RAIN today which I am very pleased about!

  8. Chloris says:

    Lovely to have a tour of the garden. I love the heucheras round the Acer griseum. The rose beds look very smart with the brick edges. A lemon tree from Aldi? Goodness whatever next. They just seem to have rubbishy stuff when I go, perhaps I don’t time it right.

    • Cathy says:

      Tut tut! You need to go into Aldi with a more open mind, Chloris, as they don’t sell any rubbish at all – if there is one locally, take time to get to know its products, both food and non-food, and I promise you will be amazed (and I have to confess that 10 years ago I was a little snooty about Aldi too)

      • Chloris says:

        I remember my German MiL taking me to Aldi in Hamburg in the 80s. It was a rather depressing ‘pile ’em up, sell ’em’ cheap sort of place with nothing you could possibly want to buy. I know they are trying to go up market these days but I am still prejudiced. Unknown brands and why don’t they unpack their boxes? Or perhaps they do now, maybe I am out of date.. And if they sell lemon trees and cheap tulips maybe I’ll have a look.

  9. tonytomeo says:

    How did I miss that paperbark maple?! I just now saw it, and was just asking myself, “Is that a . . . ?”, when I caught the caption. There is one at work that I probably should have cut down after it was overwhelmed and disfigured by overgrown silverberry. Instead, I left the lanky trunk to hopefully put out sideshoots this year. If it cooperates, I will cut the top back to lower growth. It really looks bad now, but is rather healthy.

    • Cathy says:

      Mine is not the best of shapes, but it is still fairly young

      • tonytomeo says:

        I have never seen one with a good shape, and almost all of them are very disfigured. They are none too keen on the chaparral climate in which I typically work. The specimen where I work now is quite healthy in the redwood forest, but disfigured from being overwhelmed.

  10. Cathy a beautiful garden and in which there is much to see. I love the forest with all its flowers, especially the wood anemone. The brick edges have given an elegant touch to the rose garden. The Coop is a paradise full of beautiful plants. I love your garden and it has very special corners. It is beautiful. Greetings from Margarita.

  11. rickii says:

    If only I could awaken as charmingly as your garden…

  12. Oh I enjoyed your end of month tour Cathy. Where are you going to fit in the mangle? We have one that has lived in the garage for far too long. A lovely little lemon – what will be its fate? The Coop is really looking most well established now.

    • Cathy says:

      I think the mangle will go behind the sitooterie – or back down the side of the house, but it has to get some attention first! The lemon came with the tree and it is suggested you don’t eat this one (the plant has probably been sprayed) – so I will just look at it instead!

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