I really wanted to have some english bluebells.
Even before I moved here, I bought a packet of 5 bulbs which I planted
the day I first got the keys, before I actually moved in.
I also planted 30 bulbs along with the tulips and muscari bulbs that I
planted in early-mid January.
Until now I thought that none of them were going to come up, but today
I was excited to see a new shoot pictured below. It looks distinctly
different to the others. I believe that although both muscari and
bluebells have a V-shaped leaf on the inside, the muscari leaf is
rounded on the outside, but the bluebell leaf is also V-shaped on the
No doubt it will become a lot clearer later, and I hope I haven't
written this too soon!
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I planted many Muscari bulbs earlier in the year and many of them have
sprouted, and more are still appearing.
However I know now that there were already patches of muscari already
present in the garden. There was a large clump in the back border and
single ones along the edges of the back and right borders. They had
leaves even when I moved in and it was one of the things that I
thought they could be, and now they are starting to flower.
So the ones I planted are somewhat unnecessary, however the existing
ones look as if they are all going to be same shade of blue whereas
the ones I bought are supposed to be several shades. We will see.
First picture is the single ones along the border. You can see the
foreground flower that is just about to open, and another in the
The shrub near the back door is beginning to flower with lovely yellow
four petalled flowers growing directly off the old twigs.
I am guessing that it is a Forsythia.
From reading about them, I seems like it is a fast growing bush and so
it is not in a very good location as there is not a lot of room for
it. I already cut it back a bit as it was overhanging the path, now I
know that it flowers in spring I wish I had waited until after the flowers
A single flower from the other periwinkle or vinca. I've been looking
at plants in the garden centers and one with leaves of a similar size
to this are labeled as Vinca major. So this one could be Vinca major
and the other with the much smaller leaves be a Vina minor. I thought
that the V. major had hairs around the leaf margin, but maybe that is
First daffodil to flower.
May have been a day or so ago as I was away for a couple of days.
I was over in Shropshire, where the daffodils are out almost
everywhere, far more advanced than here.
Remember how I thought that the catkins on the hazel did not look much
like ones that you typically see in photos?
Well that is because they were not fully developed, a couple of days
ago I noticed that some of them had opened out and become opened out
hanging down and blowing freely in the wind.
In the photo not only can you see the catkin, you can also see the
tiny pink flower.
One thing that I want to have but doesn't appear to be in the garden
is some snowdrops.
So I bought a little pot of them and planted them.
They don't like to dry out and there is no chance of that here. There
was water at the bottom of the hole that I dug for them. I hope of
course that it is not too wet for them. Perhaps there is none already because
they just don't survive.
I planted them admittedly on the "wet side" (although there is not too
much difference on the borders) but they do get some sun there.
Here they are in their pot.
And here they are planted.
I bought a purple loosestrife
(Lythrum salicaria "Robert")
from Cowell's garden centre.
These are rather lovely plants that attract lots of bees
and I am hoping that they will do well in the very moist conditions in the garden.
Here it is in its pot.
I eventually decided to plant it between the cordyline and the second
pheasant berry bush.
Yes, there is not much to see at the moment.
I can only recall ever seeing one of these in the wild, which when I
lived in Carshalton.
I took a couple of pictures at the time (2012).