We had a few glorious days of sunshine and blue skies earlier in the week but back to rather grey weather again now. Am trying not to feel to frustrated with the weather gods.
Haphazard planting of tulips this year. I was surprised to see Tulipa ‘Request’ coming up in the big pot a second year in a row. I think I forgot they were in there and planted Tulipa ‘Sunny Prince’ and ‘Purple Prince’ on top – you can see these just coming up. Clash imminent!
The daffs are ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ and they were indeed early and have been going strong for a few weeks now.
I always grow a few Muscari armeniacum in pots. They don’t do well in the ground for me, my clay is too heavy for them I suspect, as they like to grow on rocky hillsides as per their Armenian origins.
My Viburnum carlesii has burst from pink bud into white flower now (making a harmonious combo with the Clematis armandii on the wall). It normally smells astonishing but the cold has taken the edge of it.
I love euphorbia at this time of year. They really capture that zingy spring feeling with their lime-green flower spikes. This one is Euphoria characias ‘Black Pearl’.
I have been doing a lot of propagation this month, not just seed sowing but also divisions, root cuttings and my first attempt at rose stem cuttings (a rescue mission: our neighbours cut down two roses and a wisteria climbing up the front house wall, much to my dismay). I also got nine new baby heucheras from one tired plant in a pot! I have a propagation workshop coming up on 29 April and I want to have a few examples ready.
Finally, over at the allotment I harvested more wild garlic, and also ground elder, Aegopodium podagraria! This is not a popular plant with gardeners, but guess what, it’s edible and the fresh spring leaves are something of a delicacy. It’s in the carrot family, and tastes like spiced up celery. We had it last night with Mexican-style burritos and it added a potent herbal punch.
That’s all for today. If the weather isn’t too awful I might get the shredder out and make some mulch for the borders.
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