Spring is such a wonderful and exciting time of year in my garden, the daffodils along with many other bulbs still have buds or flowers and the pulmonarias, epimediums, brunneras, ranunuculus, mukedenias, primroses, erythronium are just beginning to flower too!
The anemone blanda and Chionodoxa luciliae known as ‘Glory of the Snow’ have gone mad, from just a few original plants they’ve naturalized about the garden, it’s wonderful to see so many new little spring flowers appearing as the snowdrops come to an end.
At the same time another layer of perennial foliage is emerging and these perennials will all have different flowering times throughout the year, all strategically placed to show off their particular interesting features the best.
Along the shortened stems of dead looking clematis fat leaf buds are breaking and at the base new fresh green stems with delicately cut leaves are coming up too almost searching for something to cling onto but not quite long enough yet.
The tangled web of honeysuckle with its fresh spring foliage is still dripping with the beautiful flowers of Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, the creamy flowers are hanging like mini-lampshades with maroon spotted inners, all is not lost as these flowers fade because their fluffy seed pods continue the interest.
The autumn colchicum flowers disappeared months ago but now their huge fleshy foliage is quite large and will continue to grow gaining energy for those beautiful flowers to pop up again in late summer to autumn.
The mild winter has kept the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in good shape and the first lilac flowers are blooming, so that will be good for those early bees and over wintered butterflies looking for food.
The buddleias and a few other shrubs that form flowers at the end of this years growth have all been cut back hard and it won’t be long before most of the ground in my garden will be smothered keeping those opportunist weeds down, although I still have some weeding to continue with.
The beauty of creating your own garden is its yours, so by carefully selecting your plants to suit your garden soil type, or the right compost for your containers and attention to their site requirements you will give them the best chance to thrive. You can create your own perfect garden, after all isn’t ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’?