The majority of my gardening time takes place in the afternoon, this is due to my working hours. I feel that this month, especially, I have been able to take full advantage of the bright sunny days we have been experiencing. The garden thermometer has been gradually rising this signals time for my winter gardening attire to have it's last spring wash and is now packed away for the foreseeable!
It was 3 years ago work began on the garden and now that some of the plants are entering their 3rd year, I am filled with hope that those that survived and thrived should look at their best this year. 3 years ago my garden consited of a large square lawn, a square of gravel chips and a large square deck. Surrounded mostly by old rotten fencing - the gales in March 2011 and January 2012 soon saw the back of them. I finally put the last remaining trellis tops on the fence that edges the sunny side of the garden - phew, as she wipes her brow!
I have, single handily removed and replaced all the fencing. No, I am not blowing my own trumpet - budget restraints meant that I'd rather not hire someone in to do it. Money wasted on labour is less money to be spent on plants, right? I'm more than capable and it's the kind of work I love doing! My neighbours in adjoining properties are either local authority tenants who have no interest in maintaining their boundary fencing or in the case of Dave (to the left) and Nick (over the back) - completely and utterly useless at DIY. Their share of the work was disposable of the old wood - which, even now, lies in heaps at the rear of Dave's garden. Not that I worry about that - I can't see it anymore!
As most of my shrubs are barely waist high, they have yet fill out and reach a maturity that shows them at their best, I find that because of this I tend to appreciate the beauty of the 'little things' around at this time of the year and I suspect for a good while yet.
Lets take a look around.......
Yellow daffodils are all new to the garden, planted last autumn or bought in bud recently. I have always been hesitant of planting yellow daffodils in the garden. Personally, I am not a big fan but my increased garden blogging and on line gardening time has seen me appreciate their spring colour more. The ones I chose are all smaller varieties and have quite grown on me (excuse the pun)! Narcissus Jet Fire, Rip van Winkle and Tete a Tete.
Narcissus 'Thalia' however, is a different matter - I just adore these. They tick all the boxes. Scented, multi-headed, pure white and have in previous years blooms for in excess of 2 months - what's not to like. I grow these in containers and this year - they are destined for the borders, where I hope they will be very happy! Another white daffodil 'Tresambles' is full of buds but not quite there yet.
Tulipa humilis Persian Pearl are the only Tulips that don't grow in containers. Generally my soil is not as light and free draining as tulips require. These, however, have coped well and come through last year's wash out!
They grow in a gravelled area and add a bit of punch in the gravel bed now that the Iris retics have gone over.
Primulas are now coming into their own, I do have a bit of a thing for Primula - luckily they grow well in my garden, which always helps, doesn't it? Over the forth coming months, there will always be a Primula of some sort flowering - a topic for a future blog, me thinks! In a normal year, our native 'primula vulgaris' will generally throw up the odd flower throughout the year but won't really put on a show until March but this year being so far behind it has taken until April. I apologise for so many pictures but I didn't want to miss any out.
|Primula denticulata (drumstick) Cashmeriana always first to flower|
|Primula veris (cowslip) grows under a golden Physocarpus|
|Primula Don Keefe|
|Primula vulgaris Innisfree|
|Primula vulgaris Drumcliffe|
|My newest addition - yet to find a home in the garden|
|Other April blooms|
Thank you for joining me as I record my April garden, these monthly look backs will provide a useful reference tool for me. If you want any further information on any of the plants I have growing, please, where I have provided a link - is a more detailed profile and my findings on growing here in Scotland.
Helen over at The Patient Gardener hosts an end of month review meme. If you are interested on what's been going on around the world this April, please pop over and join in!