The tulips planted this year are now starting to flower.
Wasn't sure what I would think after I realised
they were double flowered varieties,
but they do look rather impressive.
These ones are distinctly different
from the first of the
new tulips that flowered.
These have a much larger and showier flower.
Starting to harden off the young seedlings.
There is hopefully no chance of frost at this stage
and I am eager to plant them out as they are getting a bit large for
the small planting cells.
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Daffodils were out throughout the month, finally removing most of the
dead heads right on the last day.
Muscari also flowered throughout the month, and although
past their best are still providing one of the
dashes of colour in the borders.
This year's tulips are just starting to flower.
Also in flower the Brunnera, the Clematis
and various Primula
of the cowslip form (flowers that are tube like on a tall stem looking
A few Lily of the valley plants are starting to flower although it is
going to be May before they are in full flower.
The most advanced Aquilegia plants have buds, the Alliums and the Centaurea
plant is also showing a flower bud.
What I call "the tree" (I'm not even going to guess what it is) and
the Pyracantha both have buds too.
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There are several Aquilegia plants in the garden, many of them
probably growing from seed and still quite small.
This is the largest and was first noticed growing in mid February.
Now it has thrown up tall flowering spikes and here are some
of the buds.
The first bud is forming on the Centaurea.
This is the first of the new tulips planted in January this year.
I didn't notice that they were double flower types until after I
bought them and I thought that I might not like them much. But
this one at least looks great. The other concern is that some
of these varieties are not reliable in flowering every year so I
will have to see what happens.
First saw this on about the 12th April or a few days earlier.
I didn't notice it until it was fairly large as it
blends in quite well with the lilly of the valley
plants that are surrounding it.
Now that it has flowers forming in pairs along the stems
I feel confident in identifying it as a Polygonatum of some
kind, also known as a Solomon's Seal.
I think I ignored this plant, thinking that it was just another
tulip, but now it is very clearly not so here is a picture to
start tracking it.