Six on Saturday | April’s End

After a somewhat depressing week with more rain and fog, yesterday eventually turned out nice. Nice enough for me to not only hang my washing out, but also deal with the pots that have spent the winter outside but sheltering under my patio table. Some things have survived and sending out shoots, others look quite dead, but as I am aiming to decrease the number of containers I have that’s no bad thing.

So let’s have a quick look around the garden and see what’s happening as April draws to an end.

Tulip ‘Orange Princess’ is opening up a bit more now. Most of the other tulips have finished, the rain hasn’t worked in their favour this week.
This pretty Osteospermum is gradually taking over my raised bed at the back of the garden, originally planted as a cutting it obviously enjoys this location.
In the same bed are several self-seeded Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ or Honeywort, already attracting the bees. In fact it was wonderful to hear the buzz of bees back in the garden as well as birdsong.
In the raised herb bed things are on the move. This sweet cicely, Myrrhis odorata, is already in full flower.
Another look at Clematis koreana ‘Amber’ as the flower buds begin to open. There are more buds at the bottom of the plant so maybe this year it will finally look more like the photos I saw when I bought it.
Another Osteospermum, ‘Voltage Yellow’ is not hardy, but it seems happy enough in the container at the back of the garden.

The first of three Bank Holidays this weekend and if the weather is decent I imagine there will be a lot of gardening being done and with warmer weather forecast I expect more perennials will shoot up as we enter late spring. I am at last going to sow some half hardy annual seeds as the conservatory has warmed up and I think I can manage to wrangle the seed compost and pots.

Jim of Garden Ruminations is now our host and as a former nurseryman has a lot more than the SOS happening over on his blog so well worth following. As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to his site where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world. See here for the participant’s guide.

Six on Saturday

49 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy says:

    I am sorry April has been such a let-down for you, weather wise. Seeing your photos, I am wondering if my rogue tulip might be be Orange Princess – is it VERY frilly? I would be interested in knowing when you take your osteospermum cuttings, Jude, as I brought some of the ones I bought last year for pots into the greenhouse with the intention of taking cuttings but by early spring they were already shapely and reblooming, so I haven’t done so this time. Are you enjoying C Amber more, now it is looking more ‘as it should’? Have you noted me saying I have taken mine out and will try and sell it on when we open? I shan’t miss it 🤣

    1. Heyjude says:

      C. Amber is a bit more interesting, but all the flowers are at the base of the plant and there is not much in the way of climbing going on. It is still in a pot so I’ll give it another year before I decide what to do with it. Orange Princess is very frilly, much like a peony flower. As for the osteo cuttings I tend to just cut them back when they start to creep too far and simply snip off any flowers or buds. I need to take more cuttings to replace the ones the sheep nibbled!

  2. Wow, your garden is looking great! Mine isn’t anywhere near as colourful yet!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, it has suddenly gone quite mad!

  3. I hope that the Clematis lives up to expectations as it looks lovely in the photo. T. ‘Orange Princess’ has a great colour combination

    1. Heyjude says:

      Orange Princess is very beautiful and because the stems are short the flowers haven’t collapsed as doubles usually do for me. Jury is still out concerning that clematis.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Sounds like we have similar weather. Can’t believe how much rain we are having; oh well, lucky I own a good raincoat. Beautiful garden Jude, nothing quite as pretty as an English garden in spring.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The garden is an explosion of colour now the days are longer and the soil warms up.

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