The winter has been oh so long, the spring very reluctant to even start but when we finally got spring here in London it came with a bang and the last week we have certainly been enjoying spring – and even summer like temperatures. Today it was 21 degrees in my garden, tomorrow we are promised even higher temperatures – before everything comes crashing down and Friday will arrive with 12 degrees and perhaps night frost. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, I just hoped it would have lasted a bit longer...
My garden really exploded in colours this week, finally the rest of the daffodils and tulips opened their flowers, although I still have a few daffodils in buds, a bit hesitant to believe spring has arrived perhaps. My camellia is in full flower, 2 months later than last year and even later than some early years before we started getting arctic winters. My rhododendrons show no signs of flowering yet, in fact, one of my rhododendrons show no signs of flower buds – it seems it has just skipped the whole thing and is now just producing new leaves. It is a new rhododendron I got last year, in flower when I got it, but it should have flowered this year. Not sure what has happened to it, and it is a bit too soon to tell, but from what I can see there are no flower buds at all. My trusty old Dopey has lots of fat buds, he is just taking his time, waiting for the right weather I guess, but normally he would have been finished flowering by now. He is worth waiting for though, the flowers are just gorgeous!
Tulip 'Madame Lefeber'
New of this year is Tulip 'Apricot Beauty' they are also Fosteriana tulips so I hope they will come back next year.
Tulip 'Apricot Beauty'
This is Tulip 'Purissima' , yet another Fosteriana in their second year, out of 25 tulips I have only got 4 flowers, these are going in the compost bin.
My daffodils are looking good, finally flowering. These are new this year, planted last November.
Narcissi 'Golden Ducat'
Narcissi 'Golden Ducat'
These were bought as Narcissi 'White Lion' last year, but they can’t have been labelled correctly because 'White Lion' should be double. I think I have been cheated here…pretty enough, but not what I expected.
The tulips and daffodils are almost gone, the warm weather we have had this week have polished them off so quickly I hardly got to enjoy them before they were off. Some of the daffodils have actually lasted a lot longer than the tulips, coming out long before and still looking good, but they are in a shadier area. That’s the price to pay for a few days of good weather :-)
At this time of year I normally would expect my first roses to bloom, but this year my roses are still busy putting out their first leaves! The next 10 days, from Friday and onwards, we are expecting temperatures around 12 degrees so I am not hoping for a miracle with my roses, they will just have to take their time like the rest of my garden. I am making myself busy with lots of chores though, lots to do, and even though I haven’t been writing as often as I used to it doesn’t mean nothing is happening in my garden – it just means I am being busy in my garden :-) Next time I hope to tell you about a big purchase I have made, big in terms of cost, but first of all in size. I am talking about a tree – in my tiny garden! Saying no more....Until next time, take care.