New tulips

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.

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Seeds at 6 weeks

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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April garden round up

Flowers

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 Pieris, Kerria japonica and various Primula of the cowslip form (flowers that are tube like on a tall stem looking mostly down.

A few Lily of the valley plants are starting to flower although it is going to be May before they are in full flower.

Budding

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.

Plantings

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Aquilegia buds

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.

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First of the new tulips

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.

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New plant among the lily of the valley

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.

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