I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in Sussex, England we haven’t had proper rain for weeks (a smattering of snow last weekend but no rain). It has also been extremely chilly even in the sunshine and dropping to freezing at night and the plants are not very happy. Growth is slow.
But it is April and so there are still magical things happening, tulips coming into flower, perennials putting on new shoots. So without further ado here are six things from my garden this Saturday. To see what other gardeners around the globe are up to do check out our mighty host The Propagator .
1. Doorstep pots
I have been so pleased with Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’, the pale blue grape hyacinths, which have put on a long-lasting display. Next to them in the darker blue pot are ‘Ronaldo’ tulips just coming into flower.
2. Baxter damage
As well as cold and dry weather my garden has suffered from the puppy effect this spring. He has trampled a doggy desire line through this bed by our French window and dug a huge hole right by the roots of our Hydrangea petiolaris (where the bucket is until I get round to filling it up). The tulip bulbs planted here are a no show. I’m hoping when the ferns grow back they will form a barrier – but who I am I kidding? He will probably just crush them in his wake!
3. The last of the narcissi
I can’t remember the variety but I do love the orange and lemon combo of these narcissi, among the last to flower.
4. Farewell daphne
In previous years I have waxed lyrical about our daphne but this year it just suddenly died. No leaves, no flowers, nothing. So I have cut it right back ready to dig out which is going to be a big job. The reward will be planting my new Ferdinand Pichard rose and a Sarcocca for winter scent.
5. Spring border
This bed in our front garden is at its best in spring when the tulips are in flower together with paper white narcissi, bluebells, grape hyacinths, comfrey and spirea, as well as the fading beauty of the hellebores.
6. English Laurel
I cut this laurel right back a couple of years ago as it was shading the border, but it has come back more vigorously than ever and I have to admit with these flower candles it is rather handsome.