It’s amazing the difference a week makes! We were away for 5 days last weekend and everything seems to have shot up at least 6″, including the weeds of course! It’s starting to look like a garden now, with perennials filling out, trees and shrubs coming into leaf and flowers appearing.
The tulips I planted in the autumn have all flowered this week, they look great. I was amazed by the tulip display in Istanbul. I didn’t realise they originated around there, although unfortunately they now have to import them all for the displays from Holland!
The pond area is really filling up now, with dicentra and aquilegias, hostas and irises, the solomons seal are nearly flowering too. I spotted some dainty dogtoothed violets too, these are erythronium pagoda.
Shrubs are starting to flower too, I’ve a spirea arguta in the front garden with lots of flowers on and also an escorda which I planted last year. The purple magnolia in the front garden was scorched by a late frost so unfortunately nearly all the flowers have turned brown. I’ve a twisted hazel in a pot which I bought when my ex mother-in-law died, she was called Hazel, liked cats and the tree suited her personality…I have to add we made peace in the last few years, to the extent that she had her last two Christmas dinners with us! I’m a bit disappointed with it this year though, two measly short catkins!
Weeds are shooting up all over the place, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly a dandelion can grow and flower! I’ve been pulling up mares tail shoots this week too, at this time of year the heads are full of spores, so if you can spot them it’s worth at least pulling the heads off.
I really need to get out into the garden but I’ve been so busy sewing for the local show, ok so may be I’ve slightly over done it with my entries, I’ve just got three padded coathangers and a soft toy to make and a scarf and a pincushion to finish…and its a week on Saturday!!!