A lot of my End of Month Views in the past have lamented the lack of progress in our landscaping, so perhaps I should think of a more positive spin for this one. It’s true that, in overview, our garden does look like a mudpit:
But those trenches are now complete; the concrete for the footings is booked in for the beginning of May: we have reached, in both literal and metaphorical senses, the lowest point of this enterprise. Indeed, it feels like we have all the separate pieces for a great garden, lying around the place: it just needs putting together.
For starters, the inherited Acer, which I cherish, has suddenly broken bud, with slightly flaccid leaves accompanying tiny red flowers:
The hardy perennials in the ornamental border have been augmented with Pulsatilla vulgaris “Alba”, Eryngium varifolium and some Delphinium “Excalibur”:
The Cirsium rivulare “Atropurpureum” is thriving this year, protected by both pellets and a full saucer of water:
The pellets are ferrous phosphate (largely non-toxic) so we’ve been using them liberally around the garden. Before you judge, any long-term reader of this blog will know exactly what kind of a war is waged here, with everything from Iris to squash being frequently ruined; see below for more!
The Lavender “Fathead” has survived among the crocuses and is starting to put on new growth:
Unlike the “Hidcote”, and the salvias from last year’s cuttings workshop, all of which died off indoors over winter! I have a suspicion I’ve also thrown my Salvia “Ember’s Wish” away, somewhere along the line….
A couple of cheap-and-cheerful primroses are keeping the stalwart Pelargoniums company, alongside a new Ipheion uniflorum “RHS Wisley”:
When I repotted that container, it was clear that it stays very wet at the bottom, despite the drainage holes; in the long term I need to think about what I will pot in it.
Lamprocapnos spectabilis “Alba” is going off like a rocket:
Our spring containers are also shifting from Iris “Blue Note” and Crocus “Spring Beauty” to a mixture of tulip and Narcissus:
The hellebores and cyclamen alongside the patio doors remain a joy, and the blossom on the cherry sapling outside the front of our house likewise.
Finally, by the back door are two night-scented phlox (Zaluzianskya ovata):
Looking rather dull in that photo; but replanted immediately and already starting to fill out a bit.
Indoors, our lettuces “Buttercrunch” and “Tantan” have just started to sprout:
In passing, I note that our Cosmos seedlings are doing well:
Alongside a surprisingly good crop of parsley, which I was always told was tough to germinate and I should wait six weeks:
This only took a couple of weeks!
Outdoors, the broad beans “Super Aguadulce” are already growing rather tall:
Harking back to the Cirsium, there’s probably too many pellets around those Echinacea purpurea “Double Decker”, but it’s worth noting that one of them was reduced to a stump in a week! I’ve used the pellets more sparingly elsewhere, but by that point in the day I was rushing to get pellets down and photos taken.
Our five pots of garlic “Solent Wight” are sending up leaves, up by the back fence:
Kale “Blue Scotch Curled” is just peeping through, although the new pea “Latvian” are still dormant (one of them was revealed to be shooting when I watered it, however:
In the background, the Impatiens omeiana “Pink Nerves” is just starting off again (its first shoot of this year having wilted slightly in a too-hot growhouse) while the snowdrops are left in the green to go over.
Finally, the three peas “Latvian” that I overwintered are starting to flower! Amazing:
I’m not convinced I’ll get much yield from them, but it’s nice for a legume to be flowering so early.
And the unexpected
The jasmine and buddleia that we can’t seem to kill are both shooting:
Elsewhere, the removal of the privet has revealed a number of plants that were hitherto struggling underneath it; what looks like a Myosotis is going wild alongside stray spring bulbs:
And who knows what this is a shoot of?
Exciting, isn’t it?
(Thanks to Helen Johnstone for hosting the EOMV meme!)