The garden is slowly coming to life. If you look up there is blossom everywhere – on our ornamental cherry, plum and damson tree. The early daffodils are over and have been replaced by more delicate narcissi, Thalia and peach and apricot combinations the name of which I forget. The tulips in our sunny front garden are at their best and there is plenty of healthy looking growth on our roses; I hurriedly pruned the last of them yesterday.
Each weekend The Propagator invites us to share six things from our garden and it is a great way to document the changes from week to week throughout the year.
1. Cherry blossom
This will probably gone by the end of the weekend as the petals are already blowing away in the gloomier weather, but here it is pretty in pink against a bright blue sky earlier in the week.
2. Plum blossom
This is the first year I have really noticed the lovely white blossom on the old plum tree at the bottom of our garden. I’m not sure whether the blossom is prettier than usual or if I have just been spending more time out here this year.
3. Damson blossom
Our damson tree is a grande old dame, knotted and gnarled. She has had a little baby right by her feet, far too close really, but I haven’t the heart to dig it up.
I quite pleased with the sherbet combination of oranges and lemons, but I don’t remember planting the purple tulips all in a row. There are still ones in pots and in our shadier back garden to come out. Must remember to water them as although rain is predicted today I doubt it will be enough to make up for the dry weather we’ve had. Good for running though as the paths are all bone dry.
5. First forget-me-nots
I do love the cheery little blue and yellow flowers of Myosotis sylvatica. So far only a few are out but soon they will be everywhere and I will have to selectively pull them up to allow the perennials below to get enough sunlight.
I have tried pruning this massive spirea in our front garden but I just end up with scrappy bits and have concluded it is best just to give it a trim and let it do its thing – which it does for around three weeks every April or May.