For the first time, as well as the usual photographs showing the main parts of the garden at the end of the month, I am including a link to a video ramble. For me, the EOMV posts are a useful record of the garden from month to month and from year to year and I often refer back to them to check when what might flowering at certain times. Regular readers will know these areas well by now (and there is a map under The Garden tab above), but a video will provide a more immersive experience and a greater understanding of how the different sections fit together. I wasn’t sure about including a commentary, but this month you do have one, along with birdsong, roof maintenance and COVID-19 contained children.
First things first, and the usual still photos, starting with the paved area and sitooterie, the main view from our kitchen windows (above), and the streamside and shrub border to the right of this, taken from both ends (below). The Tête-à-Tête in the grass are still cheerful, albeit a little weary now, whilst the bright stems of cornus at the far end of the shrub border need to be cut right down to ensure a similar display throughout next winter.
The woodland is full of wood anemones and fritillaries, joined this month by Rhododendron ‘Cheers’ which I realise can’t be seen in this photo!
From the bothy, looking out over the main borders, and the same area from ground level. In the borders, the perennials are gathering momentum, whilst the hostas are all beginning to poke their noses out of the soil in their pots, so I must make a start with slug prevention. I am using nematodes again, but starting earlier than I did last year.
The clematis colonnade with the bronze heuchera bed in the foreground:
The woodland edge border from both directions, the common snowdrops over but their foliage making a big impact amongst all the hellebores:
The three bold borders, still timid rather than bold:
The extended cutting beds, with many plants hardening off and supports ready for sweet peas:
More cutting beds, and yet more plants hardening off, space in the working greenhouse being at a premium:
The blue & white border, with the amelanchier in full flower:
Through the rose garden…
…and back towards the house and the naked wisteria, past the snowdrop border and its white and green hellebore companions:
Down the side of the house we pop into the Coop, fragrant with spring bulbs, and finish at the Coop Corner behind it, avoiding the scaffolding:
Thanks for rambling with me, and now please click on the link for a personal guided tour