Five Saturdays this month and this last week has been beautiful, though I was taken by surprise to see frost in the fields the other morning. Warm sun by day, but cold by night. And despite the sore back I just had to get out into the garden and do some planting and weeding and general tidy up. I have discovered that my garden is in a time warp. I go outside for half an hour and when I come back into the house I find 4 hours has passed. Four hours? How can that be?
Anyway, here’s what has been taking up my time.
- Tulips. Yes more tulips. Very early tulips as I wasn’t expecting them until next month. Last week I showed you some new ones. Today I have some that have been with me since spring 2017. So their third flowering in the same pot! I think I should remove them after this though and at least put some new compost in the pot. They are from Sarah Raven’s ‘Scented Copper’ collection which includes ‘Ballerina’, ‘Whitallii’ and ‘‘Bruine Wimpel’’. There are two Heucheras in the same pot as well as some self-seeded parsley.
- More tulips, this time a new variety bought because I fancied a change of colour from my usual orange, coppers and dark reds. This is ‘Apricot Beauty’ and when the first flower opened I thought it was a bit wishy-washy. Now that more are open and they are a day or so older I can see different shades in the colouring including a raspberry pink. I’m still not that excited about it, though it would be nice planted with some really dark ones like Havran or Paul Scherer.
- Step away from the tulips (for now) and have a look at the sunny wall where I have crammed in lots of rockery type plants to spread and cover the wall. Anthemis cupaniana (white Sicilian chamomile ) I think, was growing on the opposite woodland border wall, but was badly hit last year by the snow. Luckily I had planted cuttings in several parts of the garden and most have survived. It flowers for absolutely ages and looks lovely when smothered in daisies. Something (slugs I suspect) has been having a nibble of the petals.
- The lawn. I know, not exciting, but I thought I’d show part of what is left after my gravel garden project. And some people ask to see the garden as well as individual plants. This only took me all afternoon to mow and edge and… well I’m sure you get the picture. I am now contemplating planting Camassias and Fritillary in the triangular shape bit and thyme between the paving stones. Why? Just because I can. I need to try and remove that large grass under the Fatsia Japonica first though which might be tricky.
- Golden Elder (Sambucus nigra Aurea). At least I think that is what this shrub / small tree is. I have never seen any berries on it, but the little cauliflower like flowers are pretty and the spring foliage is colourful. I removed a crossover branch from the middle of it last week so hope that the shape improves. It has lovely pinnate, deep golden-yellow leaves which I will show you in a month or two.
- Not my garden, but the view from my garden through the flowering blackthorn in the Cornish hedge (not wall) and over the fields (currently with a very large bull in it) towards an engine house, fondly named Alice. Now you can understand why my garden is exposed to the elements and why I wouldn’t want to plant anything to spoil this view.
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