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

A quick list of plants added to the garden.

  • an Astilbe (don't know the variety or even colour it is going to be),
  • two divisions of an older purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) which is probably a taller and darker flowered variety than the one I bought,
  • Liatris bulbs which were in a bag of 50 for 99p from Aldi,
  • a division from an established Rudbeckia sullivantii "Goldsturm" plant,
  • Veronica
  • Verbena planted with the rosemary in a container.

Progress Photos

It is often difficult to find photos of plants before they flower and I am trying to build up sets of photos, showing a single plant throughout the year. The following are all taken towards the end of the April.


This is an unknown plant. The damage to the ends of the leaves was me, accidentally cutting through it when it was smaller.

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Lily of the valley, with a Vinca flower at the back.

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The Rudbeckia Photo 4863

A purple loosestrife Photo 4865

The following were taken in the 18th, so were more advanced at the end of the month.

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Around and about

Hawthorn is starting to flower. Some are fully in flower, whereas some, including the nearest ones acting as a hedge nearby are barely in bud.

Dandelions flowering in mass now and some have seeded.

Blue bells are flowering. Most or all of the ones I have seen are the Spanish bluebell species.

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