Six on Saturday: Coming to Life

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 The early daffodils are over and have been replaced by more delicate narcissi, Thalia and peach and apricot combinations the name of which I forget.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.

4. Tulips

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.

6. Spirea

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.

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  1. Lovely blossom this week, I hope the frost doesn’t get at your plum tree, although I think it’s only a killer on the younger ones. My spirea is about to burst into flower, you are a bit ahead.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    These fruit tree flowers are always beautiful in the spring. Yours of course also.
    Weren’t you touched by frosts that hit the flowers? Here, the pear and plum flowers have resisted well, the peach blossoms have suffered…

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    1. We didn’t get the frosts here – I think because we are near the sea we are usually a bit warmer. I hear the frost has affected the wine harvest in France!

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      1. fredgardener says:

        Yes… a disaster for 70-80% of fruit trees and vines

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  3. tonytomeo says:

    Does the damson plum tree seem to be deteriorating? They do not last forever, and will produce more root suckers as their deterioration accelerates. If it is deteriorating, it might be worth keeping the new tree, even if it must be pruned to subordinate to the older tree for a while. If the new tree is a seedling rather than a root sucker, you might want to get acquainted with the fruit before going through the effort of salvaging it though, just to be sure it is true to type.

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    1. Not sure if it is a sucker but may well be. Yes I think you’re right the damson is getting in in years – it is too tall to prune or to get most of the fruit so I have hopes for baby. When I was a kid my dad used to make damson wine which would be nice!

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      1. tonytomeo says:

        My peach tree, which was originally an unwanted seedling that I dug from a compost pile, produced excellent peaches since 1985. They are not expected to produce for more than twenty five years or so. By the time it died back, it produced a new watersprout that started to grew into a new tree. I needed to get rid of the stump, but buried it somewhere else, with the watersprout standing up out of the soil. I hope it grows into another tree for another twenty five years or so.

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      2. tonytomeo says:

        (Of course, a sucker from a grafted tree would be completely different from the familiar tree. The damson plums that I remember were some of the only old fruit trees that were not grafted. All the orchard trees were grafted.)

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  4. Heyjude says:

    Pretty Spirea – I wish I had room for more flowering shrubs. And April is truly blossom month. I don’t have any of that either, but I do have lots of forget-me-nots!

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  5. Lovely selection of spring blossom, which always looks stunning against a blue sky. Do you make jam with the Damsons? Damson gin is also an option, surprisingly easy and absolutely delicious (my mother-in-law made it as she has many Damsons in her garden).

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  6. Noelle M says:

    Lovely blue skies show off your blooms in such a delightful way.

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  7. Love the Spirea, nothing better than a sunny sky and flowering trees.

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  8. Cathy says:

    What a wonderful Spirea! And lovely blue skies to highlight the blossom. 😃

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