It’s a new month. Here we are in April, spring has sprung. The weather at the weekend and at least until Wednesday was kind to us with temperatures around 22° in the afternoon. At least we got that temperature here in Nottingham. Thursday, so the temperatures dropped dramatically and a cold northerly wind was felt. Easter is going to be cold by the looks of things for all of UK. Wishing all of you can enjoy your time over the holiday period even though the weather has become cooler.
It is so good to see many of the plants now showing colour and such a varied range too. With many plants showing the new growth after several months of nothing above ground. The Narcissus are doing very well, though I’m a bit disappointed with one set which is supposed to be citrus sorbet turns out they are something else, they’re very welcome even so. Also I’m having trouble with the Muscari or grape hyacinths, they’re not turning out to be the plants I expected. Also no white versions. I am checking my order history to make complaint.
I have spent time clearing more overgrown shrubs and in turn the prunings’ have been shredded with the electric garden shredder. Makes for great mulch too, so what’s shredded gets back into the soil, eventually.
I am continuing a feature, each Friday, with view(s) of the garden I am trying to transform or develop. When you have a moment please check it out.
Okay, fellow gardeners, time for this weeks Six on Saturday.
1) Narcissus, Citrus Sorbet Mixed (disputed, on the left), Grand Soleil D’or (mid), Avalanche (rgt) and the far back. Some of the narcissus all new for this year displayed temporarily but seem to have given the right kind of look.
2) Three plants new for this year? So one of these may be a Penstemon, the middle one I’m not sure about at the moment and the end picture possibly an Anenome. Whatever they turn out to be it’s going to be a bonus. Firstly, I didn’t not have to buy these secondly, I just need to look after them and thirdly, well it’s going to be fun knowing if I’ve got these in the right place or not. And of course I can always move them on. (There’s a fourth but it’s hiding somewhere amongst the many pots of plants that magically appear in the garden).
3) Sprirea, Bridal Wreath. This is one shrub that does not fail to produce. It has thousands of tiny flowers which gives it the look of a waterfall of blooms.
4) Erysimum, Apricot Delight . New for this year after a visit to the garden centre. Part of the colour theme this year will be apricot or orange. More on that later this year.
5) Tulipa, Purple Prince. Glorious purple flowers, which have a lilac flush on the outer edges of the petals, open as they mature to reveal a dark interior with a golden yellow eye. In the next week or so the full effect will be seen here.
6) Muscari. These Muscari I am sure we are meant to be a white variety. I know I bought some white Muscari but as you can see there’s no white Muscari amongst these at all. Okay for a bonus there are some narcissus and the collection of plants in the background. The new plants waiting for their final place in the garden.
That’s this weeks Six on Saturday. Whatever you’re doing be safe and ensure that you enjoy your gardening or what ever you do. As always our host of Six on Saturday the irrepressible – The Propagator. Pop over to see the delights on his blog and view blogs from around the world. Until the next week’s #SixonSaturday, all the best. May pop in with the odd Post of the Day, too. Watch out for weekly view of the garden on Fridays.