Visitors to the garden sometimes ask what my favourite time of year is, a question I find impossible to answer as each season has its merits and I love every one of them.
Spring certainly has its merits, not just for its seasonal blooms like wood anemones and the coming into growth of over-wintered treasures like the delicious mounds of sedum and determined spikes of hosta:
Everything seems to conspire to bring about an air of busy-ness, not just in the garden, like the sudden bursting open of buds on apple and crab apple, like M ‘Evereste’ and M ‘Royalty’ , but for the gardener too, with seasonal tasks like pruning, feeding and tying-in taking on a new attraction amidst the seemingly more enjoyable and gratifying jobs like seed-sowing, because they are a means to a better end in the longer run.
Sometimes one task leads to another, like annual lopping of the glorious coloured stems of cornus and adding them into supports for the outdoor sweet peas, which were planted out yesterday.
Behind the sweet peas are several trays of other annuals, hardening off, and with the absence of forecasted frost in the next fortnight planting out will begin in the cutting beds before long.
Another seasonal task carried out has been the pruning of winter honeysuckle, to encourage new growth for an abundance of flowers next year; the pruned stems were festooned with mostly unripe fruits, just a few having ripened into the delightful red hearts like the one featured at the beginning of this post – perhaps next year I will delay pruning and admire the quirky berries for a little longer…
This seasonal post links into Jon the Propagator’s Saturday meme, where no doubt other UK contributors will have been enjoying the recent lovely weather, like these tulips T ‘Exotic Emperor’ clearly are: