End of the month view – April 2012
I will remember April 2012 as the month when drought was officially declared in much of southern England. On that day it began to rain and I think it has rained on almost every day since that announcement. What irony.
While I may be sick and tired of rain the garden revels in it. My soil is light and can absorb any amount of water without becoming waterlogged. Bare soil is fast disappearing as the plants grow.
I have tidied up the small rock garden – essential if it is not to become overgrown.
Behind it is a raised bed with some blocks of Tufa in which are planted Sempervivums and tiny Ferns. I emptied the bed this year, added fresh soil and gravel and replanted. The bed had been rather neglected so now I have space for some small alpine plants.
My Amelanchier is flowering for the first time. I chose this variety because it has an upright habit and should not grow too big. It replaced a very old Pyracantha which I was sorry to lose. The foliage is supposed to have good autumn colour followed by black berries that are attractive to birds.
Unfortunately we did have a frost early in the month which caught the buds on my Wisteria. Sadly we will only get few flowers this year. Here you can see one live bud surrounded by brown crispy ones!
Luckily no other plants were affected by the frost so if I turn my head away from the Wisteria I can see lots of colour other than brown. The first hardy Geraniums have started to flower – Geranium phaeum, reliable as always.
More showy are the Bleeding hearts……
though this one has bled out :-)
One advantage of all the rain is that the pond is full. We gardeners must always look for the silver lining.
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