The forecast for later today is a cold wind from the North and possibly even showers of hailstones or sleet. I suspect by tomorrow the blossom will be on the ground, gone for another year. Blossom is so fleeting, perhaps that is why we all love it so.
Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’
Spring is when Euphorbias are at their best including this Euphorbia griffithii Dixter. I love the strength of colour. This was planted less 18 months ago and it is bulking up nicely.
Cathy is host of the ‘Tuesday View’ why not join us? Share your view with us linking back to Cathy. It is a really useful record of what is happening in the garden week by week.
Finally the view
The Ash tree on the right has yet to open. I should take a look at the Oak to see where they are. You know what that might mean?
“Ash before oak we’ll get a soak” but, “Oak before Ash we’ll get a splash.” There you have it, fully scientific based predictions. Right I am off to read my horoscopes next. 😉
Apple blossom is covering the tree this year and it looks fabulous against the blue sky. I am a little fearful for the damage risk, posed by the forecast of cooler temperatures next week, but we cannot control the weather, can we.
Named Graceland they are part of a lovely mix of tulips with so called ‘Apricot Beauty’ and ‘La Belle Époque ‘. Planted lasagne style they have not disappointed.
Even their insides are attractive
I also planted a ‘scented’ mix of tulips. Surprisingly to me they actually do what they say i.e. they smell. The colours are strong and rich, the scent rather similar to freesias.
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This beautiful Spring day, I am joining Cathy with her meme to share a view on Tuesday. I did do this last year and found it a good way to record just how my new garden is developing. The apple tree is one of the few trees that survived living in a paddock full of goats. Despite the abuse and notwitstanding having had chicken wire nailed into its trunk, the tree survived. Following three careful prunings in as many Winters, it is now in pretty good shape and rewarding me with masses of blossom this year. I had a pretty good crop of apples last year and this one tree generated enough juice for 27 bottles. I just hope we do not get a sharp frost to knock back the blossom, a possibility as it is still only mid April.
Against the backdrop of Horse chestnut trees, the apple tree is coming into its own and follows the earlier blossom of the Victoria Plum. This year I will look at a view on the opposite side of the garden to that which I shared last year. We have not had much rain and the clay flinty ground is looking grey and hard. I have resisted watering but the wind is drying and if we do not have a heavy shower this week I will have to give it all a good soaking.
The border includes a multi stemmed birch, Euphorbia griffithii Dixter, and daylilies. As the birch has an orange bark, I have used variations on this colour
throughout the season. A poor photo thanks to the strong sunshine, no grumbling please.
The geums seem to do well on the heavy soil and Mrs Bradshaw is in bud having flowered from about April to October last year.
So much is happening in the garden at this time of year as the ground has warmed a little and the light is stronger so the weeds are on the march. The grass had its first early trim in March and cutting is now in full flow. The daffodils are beginning to fade whilst snowdrops and crocus are long gone. They tulips however are having their moment. I purchased some half price bulbs from Sarah Raven including Apricot beauty below and Ballerina.
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Today the weather reached perhaps 20 degrees, lovely. For April that is rather unseasonal and unexpected even. If, like me, you have yet to dust off your Summer wear, the prospect of showing the world your bare legs is well, too much to bear.
I hope this made you smile. D.
A bunch of tulip bulbs wereplanted in the Autumn, lasagne style.
I am not able to refer to my notes today so I am unable to confirm the variety of tulip. I am liking how the colour tone sits with the terracotta. Certainly they are a range from Sarah Raven, the Graceland tulip collection perhaps.
Tip toe through the tulips time, enjoy. D.