April Races Ahead and Passes the Baton on to May

Shots like the one above are not done justice by minimising the resolution to save storage space on WordPress, because on a sunny day like it was yesterday the blossom on the apple and crab apple, the pots of tulips and the newly foliaged trees stood out crisply against that clear blue sky. You will just have to take my word for it if you choose to join me on a quick look around the garden on the last day of a very dry and relatively sunny April. The garden is very different from a month ago, and the view above is what I see from the kitchen windows; to the immediate right of this is the streamside grass and shrub border, seen as usual from both directions:

We can then walk through the woodland, full of bluebells and wild garlic and with wood anemones very much on the wane, towards the bothy from where can look out over the main borders and beyond, before viewing the same areas from ground level:

Pivoting from the same spot we look through the woodland edge border before walking through to the bold borders and what is now the grass border. The Golfer has been working on the area around one of the water butts, which was literally a work in progress when the photo was taken. Previously the water butt had been boxed in, and it surprised me how different the corner looked when it was dismantled. It has also highlighted an unexpected gap in the corner of the woodland edge border behind where the butt is, previously filled by the stump of a hazel cut down a number of years ago but which has now completely rotted away. A new opportunity!

Through a gate in the wall we reach the working end of the garden, with sweet peas on their supports and trays of young plants ready to be planted out in the cutting beds, and a peep inside the greenhouse, now past peak capacity as more planting out takes place:

Back through the gate we walk past the blue & white borders, through the rose garden, under the clematis colonnade and then amongst the main borders, highlighting how quickly herbaceous plants clump up as temperatures and light levels rise:

Heading back towards the house we pass what is no longer the snowdrop border but which is yet to be renamed, now emptied not just of snowdrops but some striking hellebores and other white spring bulbs; the border was recently planted up with five different shades of limonium (statice), an easy and reliable annual. We can also look up to observe the progress of the wisteria against the gable end of the house:

Down the side of the house we can look into the Coop, where all the spring bulbs apart from one amaryllis are over and the journey towards later flowering eucomis and nerine has only just begun. Filling the gap will, in due course, be fragrant-leaved pelargonium and a small collection of streptocarpus. Behind the Coop is the recently rejuvenated Coop Corner, where large-leaved Clematis armandii is being given a second chance, despite losing all its leaves against the back fence.

To get a three-dimensional experience of the garden, you might like to watch the video below, and to see how the different parts of the garden fit together there are aerial photos and a map under The Garden tab above, plus an annotated map showing the usual points from which photos were taken and the route of the video tour. I apologise for any shakiness in the video and have, prompted by Annette, looked into purchasing a gimbal to reduce this but decided the outlay is not justified.

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17 Responses to April Races Ahead and Passes the Baton on to May

  1. Thanks for the tour Cathy. I will save your video experience for another day πŸ˜€ Everything is certainly filling up now and growing with great gusto. Seems slightly disconcerting seeing your snowdrop border without snowdrops or with what remains of them at this time of year. They will love their new home though. I wonder what your long term plans are for that border πŸ€”

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I find it odd too, but even more so since I took the hellebores out as their presence was noticeable throughout the year. I am still wondering what my plans are too, Anna… 🀣

  2. What a lovely ramble. Thank you for taking us along.
    Bringing back such happy memories of walking in your garden with you.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Sandra – it must be so different seeing posts and videos having now actually visited the garden 😊 And you would be very welcome if you happened to be passing again….!

      • It is indeed very different – enriched! Thank you for your warm invitation – I will certainly be in touch if I am in the area again.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Was the wisteria just getting started for Six on Saturday? (I get some of my pictures several days prior to Saturday, so they do not always represent chronology accurately.) Did the pigeons ruin the bloom last year, or did some of the bloom survive? It certainly looked ready to go on Saturday.

    • Cathy says:

      The SoS photis and the EOMV photos and video were all taken on Saturday, Tony. And yes, the pigeons destroyed all but a dozen or so potential blooms last year

  4. Wow! Just beautiful. I am quite overcome with garden envy! Do you open it for NGS? Everything about it is fabulous! 😊

    • Cathy says:

      I have just found 2 comments from you in Spam and rescued them, so hopefully that won’t now happen again 😁 You may have read by now that yes we do open for the NGS – this will be our 6th year, although we didn’t do a June opening in 2020 because of Covid

      • Ah thank you! Mr Propagator found I went into his spam too, there must be something suspicious about me! πŸ™‚ I am in awe of anyone who opens for NGS, I don’t think I could cope with the stress, nor with all those strangers tramping through my garden, but yours definitely deserves to be shown off! πŸ™‚

        • Cathy says:

          I suspect it’s more to do with you being a newish commenter on our blogs! I find it a rewarding and enjoyable experience opening for the NGS. Luckily I am an organised person and like having a ‘deadline’ to work to, and in many ways it gets easier the more times we do it. The only scary bit at first was not knowing how many people would come, but thankfully our location seems to limit numbers to an average of about 40 on a typical opening, which is manageable

  5. Cathy says:

    The light in your photos and video is lovely Cathy. It all looks lush and beautiful! Thanks for the tour! πŸ˜ƒ

    • Cathy says:

      That’s good to hear, Cathy, especially as I tend not to watch the videos (but perhaps should in case I’ve captured anything I would rather not show – this time I had to begin again because down by the greenhouse a neighbour called out and began chatting!) Things are certainly lush, despite April’s lack of rain!

  6. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Everything is looking lovely. It has been avery odd April but the sun and warmth has been rather nice for us humans.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – the garden has coped surprisingly well with the dry April but as the weather gets hotter it will not be as easy

  7. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I am trying to increase my rain water storage so that I have plenty for dry spells but it isn’y easy to find places to put tanks.

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