'Old friends' returning in April 2008
It wasn’t long ago when we were posting ‘white out’ wintry photos, yet all that seems soooo long ago now as I wander around my garden this weekend. The abrupt absence of frosty nights and the promise of still warmer ones to follow, has encouraged many plants to burst through. I find myself carefully clearing their mulch to give them a better view of the warm sunshine. But every day brings new surprises. Best of which belong to ‘old friends’ that were relocated last November and promptly forgotten about until they are viewed once again, albeit in their new location – stronger and promising even more in the summer.
The first agapanthus, a small white (Streamline, I think), is coming into flower as I write. But don’t worry! It’s not in the garden, having been forced under cover in order to provide early visitors to the gardens some surprising colour for April/May.
For cost reasons I cultivate my Bougainvillea through the winter at much lower temperatures than they prefer. So I’m always delighted when they begin to make an appearance for the new season. The various cultivars will flower continuously until I stop them to rest in November.
Primulas are regular stalwarts for any garden during April – even if the sparrows love to take the flower heads off!!!!!! Plants growing in my alpine house like ‘Ellis May’ below have no such problems and reward magnificently.
Pandorea is my earliest flowering climber each year and although the flowers are gone by mid-May I don’t mind because it has provided such a show for weeks beforehand.
Arabis is another plant that provides a regular show early each year and makes a change from ‘daffodil yellow’.
How about Incarvillea in April? This plant is awaiting regular warmer nights before being put out for early visitors to the gardens. It is one of many which I ‘force’, just as the Victorians once did, in order to ensure such plants perform at their best irrespective of the vagaries of our UK climate. – Take Wisteria for example. Compared with 2007, my wisterias are at least three weeks behind what they were last April.
- 21 Apr, 2008
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