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The flowers that bloom in the Spring, tra-la!

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How wonderful to have some good weather, and finally to realise that Spring really is here.

I have spent hours in the garden this week – some of it working! I always marvel at how quickly things appear and grow once the conditions are right.

Here are a couple of general views of the garden right now:

The “gaps” are filling up quickly.

I am always delighted when things self-seed. After all, they are usually very easy to move or just pull up if they are in the wrong place.

All the Honesty in the garden found its way here on its own. This is a white example – most of mine is purple.

I love tulips. I have lots of bog-standard ones. They are so easy, reappearing year after year, lasting well and brightening everything up.

Despite the fact that they don’t seem to repeat as reliably, though, I do like the more unusual ones as well:

This is an old favourite, which gets more spectacular as the blooms age. It’s been planted for years:

Down in the wild area, the anemones are still lovely, but beginning to fade just a bit :

I think the hellebores are getting to that point as well – so lovely, they can’t improve and will gradually fade away…

The Dicentra is starting its show …

…and Sarah Bernhardt is just gearing up for her appearance.

A self-seeded Euphorbia! Aren’t I lucky!

These aren’t self-seeded – I waved a couple of poppy seed heads over the bed last Autumn. I’ve been moving the seedlings all over the place this week. Will I regret it? I don’t think so!

Irrepressible Lily-of-the-valley:

My lovely large ferns starting to unfurl:

And just in case I needed any more proof that Spring has sprung, here is daddy blackbird giving Mum a break!

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Wow .. lots going on ...
garden looks great ..
those anemones are superb ..
and well done Mr and Mrs. Blackbird :o)))

5 May, 2013

 

You have a lovely garden and lots of colour, I enjoyed my look around, thanks! Good luck to Mr & Mrs Blackbird.

5 May, 2013

 

how wonderful your garden is Sue yes its so nice to see all the Spring colour again after such a long cold winter.

5 May, 2013

 

I love Lilly of the Valley making its way in spite of the rocky fate, lol. And Sarah Bernhardt is a wonderful peony. I am just surprised, that it is more developed then ferns at this time of year. In my garden ferns usually develop first and then peonies.

5 May, 2013

 

Lovely to see your spring garden, and everything putting on such a good show :o)

5 May, 2013

 

Thanks Tt - I love the anemones. I planted the bulbs in two consecutive Autumns, and they have really earned their keep.

Thank you Louisa. It is exciting noticing all the things that I have managed to forget over the winter!

Thanks Kath - it's a lovely time in the garden, and we seem to have waited so long for it.

The lily of the valley was planted over 30 years ago, Katarina, before the paving was laid. It migrated through the flowerbed and eventually pushed up between the pavers. There's another line of it a few feet away. It always amuses me! Sarah Bernhardt is gorgeous. That particular fern is always quite late. I have hart's tongue fern that is visible all year round.

Thank you, Hywel - I'm glad you like it.

I am delighted to have a blackbird's nest where we'll be able to observe all the comings and goings. They usually nest in the garden, but not often so close to the house.

5 May, 2013

 

I wish to have hart´s tongue fern, too.

6 May, 2013

 

Thank you for sharing your lovely garden. I like how your lily of the valley is taking a walk about. I took years of trying to get it to grow in my garden and for the first time it is starting to spread.

6 May, 2013

 

Your garden is looking lovely but my eyesight must be failing as I can't spot Mr B at all!!
I love tulips too and had several pots last year which were gorgeous but then, owing to my illness in the Summer, never got round to replanting them for this year. Someone told me they were unlikely to come up if they went straight into the ground but seeing yours, I'm tempted to give it a try this year.
Also love lily of the valley but can't get it to take in my garden. As a child I remember great swathes of it, which we used to gather for posies to sell at our school's Spring jumble sale; they went like hot cakes.
Your anemones are beautiful too - so vibrant. Mine have vanished this year. I do have Honesty though, which like yours is mostly purple but only the few white plants I have are flowering so far. My pink Dicentra is at a similar stage to yours but the white is straggling behind. Today's weather should hopefully cheer things along.

6 May, 2013

 

Thanks, Tuesdaybear! The blackbird is quite hard to spot - it's one of those pictures where you look and look and then suddenly see what you're looking for (look for the little round eye.) OH couldn't see it until he'd been outside and looked at the nest! I understand lots of people have a job establishing lily of the valley, but once they succeed - watch out! The roots form a dense mat.
I haven't any white dicentra, although I always think it is more elegant than the pink.

The weather has been lovely this afternoon and we lunched outdoors, which is always such a treat. That's the second time this year, and we only managed three times altogether in 2012. I hope it's a good omen!

6 May, 2013

 

It is a treat to be able to eat outdoors. It has been lovely today -we managed tea and chocolate mid afternoon.

6 May, 2013

 

Excellent - there's nothing like it!

6 May, 2013

 

More tea & chocolate.
That's like it, surely? Lol.
Marvellous garden & great blog, Melchisedec!

7 May, 2013

 

Definitely, lol!

Thanks, Mouldy - glad you like the garden. Yours looks very promising - you have done a lot of work.

7 May, 2013

 

Things are starting to happen, Melchisedec, so I'm optomistic. :-)

8 May, 2013

 

:-)

8 May, 2013

 

Sorry I didn't reply to you earlier, Scotsgran. The lily of the valley was planted when my Granny was in charge of my garden, so I'm not sure how long it took to establish. Once it gets going, though, it is pretty unstoppable - in this garden, at any rate! She mentioned it in her gardening diary and how difficult it was to control - and that was in the 80s!

8 May, 2013

 

Clever Granny. You must have inherited some of her genes.

8 May, 2013

 

I'd like to think so! I certainly absorbed an awful lot of knowledge from her. I didn't realise just how much until I started gardening in earnest. I think of her so often when i am in the garden.

9 May, 2013

 

That is nice.

9 May, 2013

 

:-))

9 May, 2013

 

What a lovely spring garden you have with some beautiful flowers. Those Anemones are a treat to see. Love your tulips and you have a splendid standard ? Forsythia. Such a relief to see the plants raring to grow now.

19 May, 2013

 

Thank you , Homebird! The garden is changing every day at this time of year.

The forsythia started out as some pea sticks supporting everlasting sweet peas which I had planted. The sweet peas disappeared without trace, but the forsythia...! I like "legging up" certain shrubs so that they end up like a standard, though the older ones tend to have more than one stem. I've done it with an old and rather unruly box, as well as self-seeded hollies and an old privet. The forsythia isn't a complete "lollipop" but I do keep it in trim as I don't want it too big.

19 May, 2013

 

I must try that instead of digging them out and relegating them to the top garden....

20 May, 2013

 

It doesn't always work! I set about seven or eight last year along the bottom wall - about three have taken, and I'm quite pleased about that. I think sometimes they take years. I had completely forgotten about these until I realised they had sprouted! The best thing about growing them like this is that you can keep them to the size and shape you want - because it was a complete bonus, I felt free to cut it back as much as I wanted.

20 May, 2013

 

A nice surprise when you found them growing then....and free.....

20 May, 2013

 

It was indeed - I was delighted!

20 May, 2013

 

What a beautiful garden!

22 May, 2013

 

Thank you very much, Floralhead2! I'm glad you like it.

22 May, 2013

 

:)

23 May, 2013

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