It is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day over at Carol’s May Dreams Gardens, a whole month has passed since last time, where did it go? Here in London we have had all sorts of gardening weather, mainly dry and fine although cold, but the last week we have finally got a bit of the long awaited rain. Not enough to call off the hosepipe ban that was introduced on the 5th April though, rumours say we might be stuck with the water restrictions the whole summer.
So much has happened in my garden the past month, some flowers have come and gone, some has just started to emerge. I still wait for some plants to stick their heads above the ground or put on leaves, probably due to the rather cold weather we have had the last few weeks. But let’s get on with the list, I have lots of photos for you today :-)
Narcissi Pipit is a late version of daffodils, some have yet to open on my shady side. Here they are next to Tulip 'Purissima', also a later version than my other tulips, the pink and the red ones, which all have finished flowering by now.
|Narcissi, Pipit close up. They are advertised as sweetly scented, I must admit I don’t like the scent at all….I think it smells like cat wee!|
|My ballerinas are still flowering, Trillium cuneatum is the name of these beauties.|
|The mice in my garden are growing well, Arisarum proboscideum, or 'Mouse Plant' as most people will know them as.|
The camellia is still flowering, the first flowers opened on 19th February, and there are a good few weeks of flowering left, that is quite a long flowering period for a camellia I think!
The Loropetalum chinense, new in my garden last year, is flowering again, despite flowering last November!
Only the larger corms flowers, but I have found lots of leaves from the smaller corms so they seem to have tolerated the move well. Give it another 5 years and this area will be covered with arisaemas every spring! I have put together some of the photos I have taken from the woodland corner and made a short video. It starts in January and ends a couple of days ago and shows how this corner has developed after I redesigned the garden last autumn. The video is best viewed in 720p and in full screen, please adjust your settings for best quality. Any annoying ads can be removed by clicking the X inside the ad.
So that was my garden in mid April 2012, so far a quite average spring despite the relatively mild winter we had – nothing very early and nothing very late. I still have hellebores and one sarcococca flowering, my roses are in bud and the lilies are on their way up. My rhododendron Dopey has fat buds that might open soon if we get a bit of warm weather and the dregea sinensis has tiny leaves and flowers emerging. Isn’t spring a great time! Until next time, take care.