What an exciting time of year this is in the garden, not that every day is not a joy to ramble round it and observe its nuances, both the bigger picture and its constituent parts. The sun is shining again today, casting deep shadows in places, but the sprinkling of rain in the last few days has been very welcome, refreshing the dry ground and its occupants, although in truth it will have done little more than dampen the top few millimetres.
Let’s ramble together round the end of April garden, starting with the main view from the house (above) and the adjacent streamside area and shrub border below, the latter viewed from both directions. The bright white plant next to the bench is Choisya ‘White Dazzler’ and has a delightful fragrance, and the red foliage and blossom in the top right belong to crab apple ‘Royalty’.
Moving on to the woodland, the fritillaries are all but over but the wood anemones are still going strong and the bluebells and wild garlic are now in bloom:
From the bothy at the end of the woodland you can look out over the main borders which are also shown from ground level, looking from the back of the sheds. The first astrantia, allium and aquilegia are now in bud here.
From the same point, we can turn slightly and see the clematis colonnade and the woodland edge border, the latter also shown from the other direction. Today I particularly noticed the difference the absence of the oak tree makes, with much of this bottom end of the garden now receiving more direct sunlight.
Contents of the three ‘bold’ borders are beginning to bulk up and in a couple of months it will be clearer whether or not their ongoing overhaul has been in any way successful. However, borders I am satisfied with will probably remain a perpetual thing to strive towards!
In the working greenhouse, a number of the Winter Sunshine sweet peas are now blooming, bringing fragrance to my potterings amongst the seedlings and dahlia tubers, whilst outside planting has begun in the cutting beds:
The blue & white border awaits a later inspection too, but is currently filling up satisfactorily, whilst roses in the rose garden still look healthy and untroubled by pests or disease:
Through the clematis colonnade towards the main borders
Snowdrop foliage and hellebores still dominate the snowdrop border, with white scilla and muscari now displaying their blooms
Looking towards the house, the wisteria will be coming into leaf over the next month, but sadly those blessed wood pigeons are likely to have put paid to any chance of blossom, a situation that I will do my best not to allow to happen again:
The Coop is currently much emptier than it has been over the winter months, but pots of summer flowering bulbs like eucomis and calla will soon be moved up onto the staging; so far new growth is only evident in a couple of pots, but hopefully that situation will gradually change. Behind the Coop, the Coop Corner still makes a pleasing statement, although the later-than-usual flowering Clematis armandii is on the wane.
I have been posting videos to tie in with this end of the month summary for over a year now, and they certainly give a more rounded picture of the garden. Don’t forget you can also see a map and aerial photos of the garden under The Garden tab above, although the map needs updating and there are additional aerial photographs to upload!