One such area is just to the front of the trellising I added to the garden at the beginning of 2014. Just about to come into it's own Camellia x williamsii Jury's Yellow is full to bursting with buds. There is a tale attached to the shrub. I purchased it back in 2008 as a moving in gift for the garden. I found it a temporary home in the ground until the builders were gone. Sadly, run off from the cement mixer managed to find it's way into the spot where it was planted and the plant really began to suffer. At one point I thought it was dead! I nurtured it for the next 4 year until I was sure it had fully recovered. It's been in this spot now since 2013 and you can see for yourself that it's now none the worse for wear. Hellebores, Narcissus Tete a Tete and a few self seeded Fritillaria meleagris (no pheasants here!) bloom together. The gold leafed Cordyalis (C. Berry Exciting) is also just coming into bloom but they are very sparse at the moment. More of this pretty thing in a later post I suspect. You can also just make out a wee cluster of Leucojum aestivum popping out to the left of the Camellia. I haven't the foggiest what the bulbs are to the rear apart from the fact that they appear to be daffs. Looking back on my records contenders are N. Thalia or N. Tresambles - we shall see.
|Camellia x williamsii Jury's Yellow|
|The varying shades of Narcissus Mount Hood|
Further round the same bed, Hostas are only just poking their noses from beneath the soil - no sign yet of the Kirengeshoma and Polygonatum. Blooms are provided by way of a Bergenia and the purple leafed Corydalis. To the back of the Bergenia, the Heuchera Binoche has been rather late in getting a tidy this year due to the cold weather. They are intended to show each other off but just not this year!
|Corydalis flexuosa Purple Leaf (aka Blue Dragon)|
Across the way on the sunnier side, both Muscari armeniacum Peppermint and Lady Blue mingle with the ever gorgeous Corydalis solida First Kiss.
|Muscaria armeniacum Peppermint|
|Muscari armeniacum Lady Blue|
Just to the otherside of the trellising, I am pleased with how this corner looks right now, tucked in between the Heptacodium and Cornus: Primula, Fritillaria, Narcissus and Chionodoxa are blooming amongst fresh Aconitum and Aquilegia foliage. A pot of Narcissus Jack Snipe had been looking for a home, I think they have made a lovely addition to this spot.
|Primula vulgaris, Fritillaria meleagris, Narcissus cyclamineus Jack Sprite and Chionodoxa forbesii|
Getting the remainder of the Hellebores down on record this post. They may have been late in getting started but they've more than made up for it now. Checking back on last year confirms that they had all gone over by April.
|Helleborus x orientalis Hybrids|
April is always drumstick Primula time, they are, it seems unaffected by conditions and flower in April regardless. Flanked by P. dentinculata Cashmeriana and Alba, is a plant that was sent to me last year by a follow blogger. An unnamed purple variety, very nice and a big thank you Annette. I look forward to increasing what I have and spreading it around the garden.
Yet more of the same Primula on the top tier at the very back of the garden, I like these colours together, they need a bit of tweaking to get the grouping just right. The Narcissus are N. Pueblo, scented and another new one to the garden this year. The gargantuan Cardoon on the lower level is going great guns. It will pretty soon do a good job of hiding all the foliage of all the early bloomers up there.
|Primula denticulata, Narcissus Pueble and Helleborus orientalis hybrid|
|Primula: Wanda, veris (autumn shades), Drumcliff, Don Keefe, bracteossa, unnamed single and unnamed double white|
|Epimedium Pink Elf|
|Pulmonaria unnamed varieties and Brunnera Jack Frost|
|Camellia japonica Elegans and Narcissus Thalia|
|Narcissus Jet Fire and Brunnera Hadspen Cream|
I'll totter past the Magnolia, it is just about to come into bloom but the sun is glaring and it's difficult to get a good shot right now. The espaliered Camellia has produced the most amount of blooms it ever has in the 4 years it's been in the garden. Proof I think that it now has it's roots firmly down.
|Camellia japonica Desire|
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