Looking through the arch, it's obvious that the plants are now coming on leaps and bounds. The privet hedge it seems has relished from the couple of bags of manure I dug in there early March. This I think is as lush as I've ever seen it. Twice now I've been out to buy some grass seed and came home without it. Easily distracted me!
|Looking west - End of April 2015|
Cotinus Grace in the right hand corner is not making much impact right now. Cotinus are very slow to get going here and it can be nearer the end of May before it finally gets going. The blooms I am none to keen on, which is just as well as Grace will need to be kept in check out here.
A plant I am loving right now and can't wait until it matures and really shows itself off is Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow. What a fascinating creature it is. I paired it with the Cotinus hoping that the dark foliage would be the perfect foil for those greens/red and oranges. From what I can remember at time of purchase it flowers over a long period, so watch this space!
Standing at the front of the house and it's very clear from this angle that I have chose too many plants with strappy/sword/grass like foliage. It's all a bit too vertical. The daylilies, iris and kniphofia stand out like a sore thumb, the Iris in particular. After years of longing for Iris blooms, I have finally found a spot in the garden that they seem to enjoy. I wrote before about how they struggle round the back garden and a home out here in the front was their last chance. They have been moved around quite a bit and which one is which will only become apparent
The clump of tulips that have came up blind have all been removed. I checked my records and they were a pot of T. Queen of the Night that I had hoped would improve if they grew in the ground, it seems not.
So what's blooming out here right now, not a lot, as you can see. There are many plants poised, just waiting to burst into bloom. Capturing a break in the weather, I took the opportunity to get a couple of shots.
This little geum has been a pleasure in my garden for a few years now and does well where ever I grow it. The apricot/yellow blooms of Geum Dingle Apricot contrast nicely with Berberis Bagatelle. In the foreground a dwarf Iris, I. pumila Cherry Garden is gearing up to bloom. For the first time this year, I tried some Fritillaria Uva vulpis. I'm not sure about them. At this moment in time I could take or leave them. Small groupings of around 10 or so bulbs were dotted around the garden and in each group there was a lot of foliage and very few flowers. A bit disappointing really.
Near the front path, the yellow wallflower is just coming into bloom. This was a cutting from a friend last year. It looks rather lonely on it's own, I might just give some more cuttings a try and see how it looks in a larger group. Aptly named, Erysimum Walberton's Fragrant Star, is indeed very fragrant.
The yellow perennial Potentilla that made it's way down from Aberdeen last year (thanks Annette), was divided into 3 plants. Two have taken and the other is struggling just out of shot. I look forward to seeing how these do and how they look when they spread and fill out a bit.
Podocarpus Young Rusty has finally been moved. It's winter foliage makes it quite difficult to see.
I know it looks dead but looks can be deceiving. It is very much alive and won't turn green until it warms up a bit.
Taking first prize in the 'Foliage of the moment' award just has to go to Epimedium x warleyense Ellen Willmott. New to my garden in autumn, shy in flowering this year but all is forgiven. I am hoping it will thrive out here, shade will be provided by Jude the Obscure when it finally gets going. Named after the gardener and plantswoman Miss Ellen Willmott. At time of purchase, I actually went to buy E. Amber Queen but was told I'd like this more. I'm glad I listened now.
That's about it for my April End of Month View post, all I need do now is point you in the direction of The Patient Gardeners Weblog, where Helen hosts this extremely popular meme each month. Pop over to see what others are posting about from their garden month. See you there!