Finally, sunny warm days, more than two in a row! Too much to do in the garden to write much, so I’ll simply post a few snaps from our morning walkabout, and give a shout out to The Propagator, who hosts many Sixes every week!.
1 – Lilacs are still going strong. The common, pale purple ones have been blooming for a few weeks now, and finally this week the named hybrids have also started, such as this delicious, frothy white one.
2 – Also in bloom this week, also white, is the Pearl Bush – Exochorda racemosa. The rabbits ate all the branch tips this past winter, that is, the tips above the snow. Many branches were covered and escaped being nibbled, leaving many buds that are now blooming. You can see, from the unopened flowers, why it has the common name Pearl Bush!
3 – Looking very similar in bloom, but very different in size, are the teeny tiny buds and blooms of this Cotoneaster :
4 – Started from seed a few months ago, I have six Kentucky Coffee Tree – Gymnocladus dioicus – saplings. Not quite sure what I’ll be doing with them…
5 – Also started from seed at about the same time, but still so tiny, a few pots of Ground Cherry – Physalis. I was hoping these would be much larger by now, but they took forever to germinate:
6 – And finally…the Lupins have just started to bloom. I collect seeds every year and scatter them about. Looking forward to many months of colour:
Epilogue – I feel guilty about not posting pictures of the tall bearded Iris, which have also started, and the various Alliums now in bloom…perhaps next week?