I meant to show this last week, one of the first buds on the ‘Winter Sunshine’ sweet peas in the greenhouse – last year the first blooms were open by this stage of April. Sadly, the picture seems to be focussing on ‘string’ rather than ‘spring’, despite several attempts to get it in focus.
Similarly out of focus is one of the first rose buds evident this year, this one being ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, a rose that came to me late last season:
Healthy new rose foliage is one of the many joys of spring, particularly when suffused with pinks and reds, as it is on ‘Olivia Rose Austin’:
Despite being cut down virtually to ground level earlier this year, viticella clematis are sprouting and scrambling as if there were no tomorrow. C viticella ‘Rosalyn’ produces probably the most luxuriant of growth of all my clematis, and it has already made a good start:
Spring also means tulips: most of mine are in pots and many of them are in bloom. ‘Exotic Emperor’ always looks striking, although not especially exotic:
More exotic looking are these species tulips, T humilis: I have had ‘Persian Pearl’ (below right) for a number of years but decided to add more, along with T humilis ‘Eastern Star’, underplanting roses in one of the borders. I was certainly not prepared for the startling redness of the latter, which was not how it was described.
In the borders herbaceous plants are also girding their loins and focussing on all this new growth in the garden has meant numerous rambles throughout the day to make sure I haven’t missed anything. I am pleased to say, however, that when I step out of the back door for one of these rambles I am no longer faced with a blank grey screen against the hedge:
Thank you to Jon the Propagator for hosting this weekly meme.