I feel spring has finally sprung, we’ve had some lovely sunny days with just a touch of warmth to them. There’s all sorts coming up in the garden and the trees are just starting to coming into leaf. I love the bright, fresh green of the new growth, all the trees leaf at different times, this is a philadelphus shrub on the back lane.
I managed to get out into the garden a couple of times this week, though I’m still way behind on jobs! I’ve made a good start on pruning my roses, better late than never! I’ve rather a lot of roses, but I’ve managed to do all the individual bushes, just got the big hedge along the back fence to do…oh and the climbing ones!
I had a good tidy up round the pond, though as you can see I didn’t do the actual pond! I cut down most of the old hellebore leaves which shows the flowers better. Ive still a few dead stems to remove but it’s a lot tidier than it was.
This wine coloured hellebore is still my favourite, it’s such a beautiful deep burgundy. I bought it on Otley market 2 or 3 years back.
The pulmonaria, or lungwort, is providing a pretty flash of blue around the garden, this clump is underneath a rhodedendron bush next to the pond.
The camellia which is next to the conservatory has just started to flower, this is the one I rescued from my mum’s as two bare twigs, barely alive, it always makes me think of her, happy memories. Underneath is Jack Frost, a brunnera which is just showing a few flowers, it’s got a long way to go though before it’s in full bloom. As you can see my weeding hasn’t got this far yet!!
There’s new shoots all over the garden, this little one is a pulsatilla, or pasque flower, it will hopefully be open around Easter. I think the seed heads afterwards are just as pretty as the flowers, they’re sort of silver fluffy things.
Spring wouldn’t be the same without daffodils, they’re so bright and cheerful after the long winter. I like these little tete-a-tete ones, they’re only small but highly scented, they seem to survive the March weather better than the tall ones. They’re also some of the first ones in our garden, much earlier than the bigger ones.
Once I’ve got this week out of the way I need to hit the ground running with the garden, otherwise I’ll be playing catch up all year.