Bluebell

Lovely to see a bluebell out. I only have a few, as I've dug up all the ones that didn't display most of the characteristics of Hyacinthoides non-scripta.

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Epimedium 'Pretty in Pink'

This is the Epimedium that I bought in summer last year, it was flowering at the time I think. The flowers are much larger than on the Epimedium × warleyense which flowered earlier.

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End of April round up

You can compare with last year.

Weather

The average temperature was 8.8C with a minimum of -2.9C and maximum of 19.6C, so the minimum was again lower than all of the winter months. There were 3 frost days when the air temperature dropped below zero.

It rained on 4 days, but with a total of just 5mm of rain, so a very dry month indeed. The only real rain was on the last two days of the month, it is possible that the other two recorded days were just dew/frost melting.

Flowering

It was definitely the month for tulips there are many posts earlier in the month on the individual tulips so I won't repeat them here.

I planted Tulipa 'Ballerina' which appeared to be quite yellow on the packet but I see in internet photos is more orange. I think these are them, they could …

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Lewisia flowering

I made a mini rockery for this Lewisia cotyledon Elise in the driest part of the garden as I was concerned that the wet conditions would not suit it.

It had a single flower stalk flowering all over the winter! Now it is a mass of flowers and there are more on the way.

It is the most striking and gorgeous plant at the moment.

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Brunnera seedling

I have two of the silvery leaved kind and a patch 'Hadsden cream' that was already there.

I've been interested in growing these from seed since I learned that the new plants are often quite similar to the parents, so I thought there might be some interesting variations.

For some reason there are a number of seedlings this year in the gravel and here is one that still has its seedling leaves. It is slightly interesting in that it has a small portion of the leaf with the silvery finish to it.

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Daffodil Katie Heath

There were some from last year, plus I planted some more for this year, mainly in the front garden.

They are quite a late flowering variety.

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Tulipa kolpakowskiana

These are the only surviving Tulipa kolpakowskiana. There were three at this location last year, and several in the back right hand corner - those ones have all gone.

So not a great variety for my garden conditions.

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