The garden is full of spring blossom but to make a difficult choice easier I decided to focus just on pinks. This week has seen tulips coming into their own (which somehow seems a bit early but probably isn’t) but planned not to include them in this post until I saw this one, a relict from the year I planted several clumps in the shrub border. Most of them didn’t come back and I don’t recall having seen this one return before but there it was, looking very pink and ripply and fringy. The label was still there, telling me it was ‘Huis Ten Boch’, although this example seems more variegated than is usual – very pretty though.
More raspberry ice creams and sorbets can be found with the apple blossom, starting to open today…
…and crab apples ‘Royalty’ and ‘Evereste’:
Rhododendron ‘Cheer’ is fluffier than ice cream, perhaps a raspberry fool, and has been flowering for a few weeks and perhaps never as well as this before:
Looks like other rhododendrons will be following soon, as the first glimpses of pink were evident today on this lost-its-label-years-ago one:
I can’t sing the praises of this Bellis perennis ‘Pomponette’ mix enough and it has now become my main go-to winter bedding plant, flowering for months and often well into the summer and even, I believe seeding around. I have certainly found one in one of my borders this year, having survived the winter. They will be ousted from the numerous pots they are in (where they have provided interest before the tulips emerged) when the pots need to be filled with summer plants, but some will be retained or replanted elsewhere.
I squeezed Magnolia ‘Susan’ into a not very hospitable location perhaps ten years ago where she, not surprisingly, sulked; however, some gentle words and the occasional TLC began to produce the occasional flower, with quite a good showing last year. This year, however, she is going to excel herself – good girl!
I am accepting Jon the Propagator‘s invitation to highlight six things in my garden but have been saving my best news till the end: I have a sweet pea in flower! First sweet pea on April 11th – whoohoo! They are a ‘winter-flowering’ variety and are grown in the greenhouse, but last year it was around April 19th so I suppose the mild winter has helped – we are definitely on the road to summer now!