This April the garden is well and truly coming to life. Bright days, April showers and warmer temperatures are just what the doctor ordered. Many of the plants growing in my garden thrive in the rain, they have no option other than to thrive if they want to stay. Recently I was convinced that my garden was way further on than it had been in previous years but on checking back the past 2 years that appears not to be the case. I think I've heard one too many news reports on the UK's mildest winter. We are to expect wintry showers this afternoon.
Anyhoo, back to blooms, which after all is supposed to be the topic of this post. My favourite daffodil and some summer snowflakes around one of the Cornus are just starting to open. I'd love to get this particular group of bulbs out of there and into a far more prominent position but since they are left over from a previous incarnation of this bed they are well and truly rooted in with the Euonymus.
|Narcissus Thalis and Leucojum aestivium|
|Fasciation Fritilaria meleagris|
I have checked all the other clumps and single self seeded stems and found only one more example of fasciation amongst them. Fritilaria meleagris should produce a single bloom per stem. Fasciation can take many forms, unlike the example above where there is 4 individual flowers give it more of a F. imperialis look about, this other example is where 2 flowers appear to be fused together. A bit like conjoined twins.
|Another example of fasciation in Fritilaria meleagris|
A group of plants that do well here are the Epimediums. They grow in both sun and shade here and don't let me down. I grow around 6 or 7 different varieties, most of them are still in bud but the first to bloom this year is Epimedium x warleyense Ellen Willmott. This special barrenwort is one of many plants in cultivation named after the respected plantswoman Ellen Ann Willmott. It is though essential to keep them watered well until they establish. I have fallen foul of this before and lost a couple of plants when I neglected to keep them watered their first year in my garden.
|Epimedium x warleyense Ellen Willmott|
|Prinmula denticulata Album, Rubin and Cashmeriana|
I love it when my garden surprises me. For a few years I grew some Iris bucharica in a pot. I needed to ensure optimum drainage in order that it survived. However a couple of years ago when I was completely fed up with having so many pots to look after in winter I decided it needed to prove it's worth in the ground. The front garden has the best drainage so tried it there. Last year, it's first in the ground it produced only foliage but this year there are a couple of blooms. Yipee!
The Euphorbia sent down to me by Frances @ Island Threads last year as small cuttings have thrived. All bar one is blooming right now. Thank you Frances.
|Euphorbia martinii, purpurea and Ascot Rainbow|
|Euphorbia characias Silver Swan|
Sitting here finishing off my post, those wintry showers have appeared. More sleet like than snow so there will be no blanket of snow to pretty up the garden. The first Camellia bloom is open, the others would do well to stay tight closed until this latest weather front passes. Gardening here in Scotland, no two days are ever the same. It was a T-Shirt in the garden day yesterday.
|Camellia japonica Lady Vansittart|