April was characterised by a particularly crazy temperature range. The garden seemed stuck in winter still and nothing was really growing and I had zero desire to be out there.
Then suddenly the temperatures shot into the mid-20s and it was like we’d zoomed straight into summer.
The plants shot into life – the apple trees seemed to acquire both leaves and blossom within a few days.
The daffodils had been delayed flowering and were still around (mysteriously not many came up this year so I need to plant more this autumn) and the tulips decided they’d better get going.
The dicentra was another one that went from apparently dead lump of dried twig to leaves and flowers within the space of a week.
I took advantage of the brief week of warm (yes, it’s gone cold again since) to re-pot some herbs with fresh compost. The snow etc had killed the lavender so I bought another one at the local high street market. The peppermint had spread to the edges of the container leaving the middle empty so I chopped it up and potted some of it in the middle, disposing of the rest of it in the garden waste bin as I do not want mint taking over the garden. Bizarrely the chocolate mint is still growing happily in the centre of its pot so I didn’t need to do this one.
I had a few days off work before Easter and took advantage of LO not being around to get the garden sorted for spring. I aimed to do two hours a day, so I didn’t finish myself off in the process, but it seemed a reasonable amount of time in which to make some real progress. It did kind of work, although the weather forecast meant I did more hours some days, and spent more time indoors on the rainy days 😉
Here are the containers full of daffodils and pansies, with the sedums in front.
This is the garden showing the lawn and raised bed edging. I redid the lawn edgings which really helped tidy it up a bit.
This section I actually took the edge of the lawn back a bit. The convolvulus had sprawled over the edge of the grass, leaving an uneven patch of dead grass, so I took the edge back to encompass the whole of the dead bit, leaving a straight edge. Once the cowslips have finished flowering I’m going to dig them up, divide them and then spread them through the borders – the plants below self-seeded from just two originals.
These are the dead bits of sedum I cut back to make way for the new growth.
I also did lots of mulching around all the borders. These are the raspberry canes which were cut down to the ground in the autumn.
And finally the camellia has flowered! Everything has been so late this year because of the bad weather.
What changes are you making in your garden this year?
It’s been a cold and windy February so far so, unsurprisingly, I haven’t been tempted outside to do any gardening! Just to keep the bird feeders topped up.
There are a few flowers appearing to brighten things up but I can’t wait until spring!
The snowdrops are over but some of the early daffodils are flowering.
The hellebores have looked amazing this year, although the flowers are quite hidden away so you only see them if you know they’re there!
A couple of camellia flowers have opened, although it’s mostly still just buds. This will be covered in flowers in a couple of weeks.
The cyclamen flowers are just about visible and the hyacinth leaves have appeared next to them. The hyacinths should flower just as the cyclamen are dying down.
Pansies in one of the hanging baskets. The daffodil leaves are beginning to appear alongside them.
Rhubarb beginning to emerge! Can’t wait until it’s big enough to pick and eat!
What’s your garden looking like at this time of year?
The garden is beginning to look a bit autumnal, probably because of the sunflower drooping on the lawn!
First nineteen apples of this year’s harvest. These are Red Windsor from the half standard tree.
The Japanese Anenome is still flowering, although it’s getting harder to keep on top of the dead heading! That’s another sunflower drooping into it – we had storms, it made the sunflowers droop.
The red Pyracantha is always the first to get berries, followed by the orange and with the yellow a long way behind.
The non-Chelsea chopped sedum is beginning to flower.
Last few Alstroemeria flowers.
What signs of Autumn are there in your garden?
The garden is beginning to look summery as all the bulb foliage has died down.
Looking across the patio to the lawn with the herbs in the foreground
Both of the apple trees have plenty of fruit forming despite some low temperatures when the blossom was there.
Escallonia ‘Apple blossom’ bought on a holiday a few years ago and covered in flowers despite a lot of pruning earlier this year!
We spent the bank holiday Monday last week at the garden centre buying container plants, which I then planted up that afternoon. LO was meant to be helping but had an epic three hour nap instead!
Some of the containers in situ. Just have to remember to keep them watered but luckily LO is a keen plant waterer so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Salvia flowers- a present for LO’s Christening last year.
This rose is always covered in flowers each week too. I like the contrast between the flowers and the purple Physocarpus behind.
The blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes are covered in fruit and the rhubarb is getting huge.
Bit late for the beginning of May! I took the pictures then didn’t get round to blogging. Until this last week the weather had been unseasonably dry, the water butt was heading for empty and the grass had stopped growing…
Here we have the back garden with LO very busy getting on with some gardening.
The Aubrieta is almost over but was very pretty whilst it lasted.
The newly planted Lavender just beginning to flower. It loved the dry weather!
This border is done in purple and yellow- Physocarpus and Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’ plus Heuchera ‘Chocolate ruffles’. Oh and a mini wheelbarrow belonging to LO.
The Ceanothus is covered in flowers and that’s an allium beginning to open up just in front of it.
The Dicentra is just about over, but the Heuchera leaves are looking lovely in the sunshine.