A little too late this morning for the solar eclipse, which in my part of the country was disappointing event due to heavy cloud, the finally sun appeared mid morning and it was a simply glorious day to do some gardening. It was even warm enough just to wear a gillet. I hoed, edged, pruned and managed the first lawn mow of the year. It was a very beneficial morning, not only for the garden but for me too. Having been very low and negative for a while I perked up no end. I even fell in love with my garden again. It is very understandable that gardening is seen as therapeutic and seeing all the new buds on the shrubs and plants beginning to burst through the soil, it boosted my spirits no end. Last year I planted a whole heap of daffodil bulbs and was expecting a glorious display but since planting them I have had trouble with animals, cats and squirrels digging things up so what I do have I’m fairly happy with. The ones above are in the sunny border and are big and blousy. The others around the garden are just about to flower and if we continue to have a sunny few days I think they will be out by the end of the weekend. The two shrubs that always herald spring, for me anyway, are the yellow of the Forsythia and the raspberry red of the Ribes. Both are bursting with buds, with the Ribes being marginally ahead.
The one very special plant I love to see every spring is the Peony with its red lipstick shaped shoots. I spoke to it very nicely asking it to produce some flowers this year; it failed to flower last year. There are a lot of Aqualegia dotted around and as I planted lots of new ones last year I hope they will come true to their variety. Over the past years all the ones I did have reverted to pasty pink.
I am pleased to see the Astrantia has made it through to another year. Last year I pruned the Montana Elizabeth a little too heavily and worried I may have killed it off. Fortunately this is not the case, it is scrabbling over the shed and covered in tiny little buds. Followers of my blog may remember that I caretake the front garden as it is owned by the upstairs flat which is tenanted. It has Just been re-let and new tenants are due in shortly. I am hoping, as with previous tenants, they are not gardeners and more than happy for me to continue to look after it. I gave it a bit of a tidy this morning and have moved into the back garden a number of the Day Lily offshoots. It is looking healthier this year than I’ve seen for years and as it had spread considerably I thought I would dig some of it up before the tenants arrived. After all it is a plant I put in, so I feel that’s only fair, don’t you? It is a vibrant orange and will look good in the sunny border in my garden at the rear. Finally, I want to share the Kerria with you which is at the side of my bay window. I love the button yellow flowers on this variety.
Happy gardening everyone!