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.