I had not got round to publishing this week but for the sake of the record I want to save it to capture the lovely things in the garden at the beginning of April.
1. Hally Jollivette Cherry
Covered in a pale pink snowstorm of blossom. It is still quite small (year 3 since planting) and looks as if its been battling the wind, leaning a bit. But it survives and for 2-3 weeks a year is a picture and lifts my heart.
2. Euphorbia robbinaea with the neighbours borrowed forsythia
A classic spring combination, quite dramatic. I would never grow a forsythia – nasty harsh yellow, 25 weeks of brown twigs and 25 weeks of boring green blobbiness. However I’m happy to borrow in March.
3. Juicy yellow daffodils in the front garden.
They grow so well in this scruffy, poor soil. So easy and so rewarding just as we are beginning to ache for some colour and brightness.
4. Orange Emperor tulips.
Really perennial and a great colour. Every year I forget about them and am amazed when they pop up and last at least 3 weeks.
5. Amelanchier Lamarkii or June berry.
A really pretty and hardy small tree. Reminds me of Auntie Eileen’s cottage garden on the edge of Ditchling Common.
6. Magnolia stellata
A few flowers just to prove it does bloom if a bit sporadically and onesidedly. I was thinking of taking it out but it has proved itself worthy with just these few pristine wavy stars.
6.a Narcissus pheasants eye.
I had to have a photo of these lovelies as well.