The sun is shining, the birds are singing, Littlest Weed is outside shouting his little cotton socks off (except he’s barefoot) – what’s not to like about this mini-heatwave? Like our esteemed host, The Propagator, I am loving the tulips this week, but there is lots more happening out in the garden worth a mention too.
Although I’m no expert, I’m pretty sure these are the less desirable Spanish variety, but they are still providing lovely cerulean splashes of colour around our garden.
2. Tulipa ‘Ballerina’
I planted these in the autumn in our herbaceous border which is meant to be a mixture of bright oranges, purples and blues (although a few yellows and pinks have crept in) and have been rewarded by this first beautiful bloom.
3. Tulipa ‘Ile de France’
These gorgeous crimson cups have popped into flower in the last day or two.
4. Narcissus – unidentified
I bought a daffodil and narcissus mixture from Peter Nyssen in the autumn, so I don’t know the name of this narcissus – one of the last to bloom – but I think it looks rather stunning.
5. Ferns unfurling at last
I had almost given up hope that our ferns would ever unfurl after the harsh winter, and feared I had cut them back too soon, but here they are proving that nature’s instinct is to come back to life in the spring.
6. The first apple blossom…
… has appeared in all its pinky white majesty on our little apple tree.
To see what is happening in other SOS-ers’ gardens this sunny weekend, don’t forget to drop in on The Propagator.