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.

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49 Comments Add yours

  1. I think you had a very colourful April (despite rain and strong winds every now and then). I love the purple Osteospermum – it’s a type of daisy, right?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yup. Your South African daisy in fact. I love them 🌼

  2. Toonsarah says:

    Today has been the first properly spring-like day in London! Your flowers are all as lovely as ever and isn’t it great to see and hear the bees out and about again?

    1. Heyjude says:

      My daughter (Surrey – Esher) said that today was the best day of the year so far! It’s a bit foggy here though the sun did appear this afternoon for a while. Cloudy again now though. I was happy to observe the bees in my forget-me-nots and the birds busy squabbling with one another now! All competing for the females I guess!

  3. Rosie Amber says:

    There’s something wonderful about the name Honeywort that makes me smile.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a lovely name. I wonder whether it smells like honey? The bees certainly like it.

  4. Jim Stephens says:

    I struggled to get Cerinthe to grow for several years but now that I have a self seeding population there’s no holding it back. The bees really love it.

    1. Heyjude says:

      My first attempt was scuppered by the S&S so I sowed some in a pot and transferred those plants to the beds, somehow it keeps coming back now.

  5. Aren’t those tulips gorgeous? Must be a case of saving the best till last.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are later than my others apart from the single version ‘Princes Irene’ and Ronaldo is still going strong.

  6. Helen Jones says:

    Beautiful pictures. Cerinthe looks like another one I need to add to my list, it’s stunning.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Cerinthe was bought because I liked it in other SOS posts, but the variety ‘Kiwi Blue’ is the one to go for as it has a much smokier foliage and more flowers.

  7. Loving the Orange Princesses.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are rather charming. I might try some of the other princesses next year.

  8. eklastic says:

    So many colours!

    1. Heyjude says:

      And they keep on coming!

  9. That is a pretty tulip. We had some rain overnight, which was very welcome. Only 3mm but better than nothing. It’s been very dry again.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It has been wet and foggy again this week, yet we are still having a hose pipe ban. Saying that the ground does dry up quickly when the sun comes out.

  10. Ann Mackay says:

    That clematis is lovely – looks so delicate. I had some Cerinthe self seeding here and there but I’ll be lucky if there’s any left this year because of all the changes made. (Might be time to buy some more seed.) It’s to be sunny all day here and a garden visit is today’s plan… 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m not convinced by this clematis. Enjoy your garden visit, it has been ages since I went to one and I expect this month is going to be pretty busy down here with all the bank holidays.

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        Thanks Jude – I did enjoy it. (One for the blog… 🙂 )

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