Category Archives: Flowers in April

Abundant April

Much like our ordinary lives, those April showers seem like a distant memory of yesteryear. How soon we get used to a new normal.

Until today, one month has passed since the last rain and the sunshine is bringing out the best in our beautiful flowers. Before I share the abundance, these are the jobs we accomplished this week:

Forsythia

We started with pruning this massive Forsythia which, unbelievably, was almost twice the size. The bright yellow flowers were over and now’s the perfect time to reduce it. We used a mixture of hand tools rather than a hedge trimmer just in case there were any nesting birds.

That was followed by clearing this tree. We removed the wild clematis and slightly raised the canopy of branches by cutting any growth lower than one metre from the ground, and removed ash and sycamore trees that had self sown around the base. All very satisfying. Next week we get to grips with the Bay Tree

Next job, we are in the Greenhouse:

Such a pretty setting with the flowering crab apples

Oh my, the Lilies are loving life and no sign of Lily beetle yet. The tomatoes in the earth have doubled in size and Ive started tying them in to their supports

More peas and beans got sown, some sunflowers were potted on and others sown directly.

All other time was spent watering, weeding and wondering…

Looking down I am taken by the yellow Tulip/Wallflower combination, the last throws of narcissi en masse, the pink and yellow ‘parrot’ and ‘lily flowered’ Tulips dotted in the border and the gorgeous setting for an outdoor breakfast on a crisp April morning

Looking up, the tree leaves are unfurling and the ornamental fruit trees are vying to attract the pollinating insects with their masses of blossom


We end the week, each with Tulips

Yummy yummy yummy I’ve got love in my tummy

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Aha, there’s my lippy

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Peony ‘Molly the witch’ closes its petals when it rains

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A heart shape hazel Peony support

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The very regal Osmunda regalis

Would you like forget-me nots with that madam?

 

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with cowslips?

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with Lysimachia?

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with Iris?

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or on their own?

There is no doubt about it, my heart is filled with joy!

 

 

 

spring spring spring spring SPRING!

Muscari..

Little darlings

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I love these with the foliage draping over the wall

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and these that look like mushroom flowers! So cute in a container

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with Primulas and Dicentra.  Fine in a shady place

Delicious Tulips… I’m a sucker for the ‘Lily-flowered’ varieties

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and the ones that look frosted

Tulipa Cummins
Tulipa Cummins

(oops forgot to deadhead that Hydrangea)

 

 

Competition is ramped up on the kitchen table

Where we have

flowers as gifts – very very lovely Tulips, Gerberas, Chrysanths and a Rose

Versus

flowers from the garden – just as lovely, Narcissi, Hellebores and Kerria japonica

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Eyes are on the garden too, for star performers

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Forsythia

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Cowslips

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Sanguisorba – early foliage

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Primulas

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Ribes sp.

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The cutest…Narcissi canaliculatus

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Leucojum gravetye

Quite a feast this week 🙂