With winter continuing into April, albeit with some lovely warm spring days to make you believe that spring is really here; I have been busy trying to catch up with clearing the garden of weeds (which, of course, only need a little sunshine to encourage them to grow) and cut back perennials which I usually leave overwinter as habitats for small creatures. All the work has meant that I have found very little time to share the garden with you.The first thing to say is that the cold autumn has results in a tremendous show from the tulips which mitigates (a little) the lack of flowers on the wisteria whose already slightly swollen flower buds were badly damaged by the icy winds.
Let me share with you a quick walk around the garden.
La Belle Epoque is beautiful in a vase but looks rather washed out in the garden.
Tulip Jan Reus must have been in the garden for at least 8 years as some of the bulbs have formed 8 stems this year. I will try to lift and separate the smaller bulbs, perhaps they will produce larger flowers, although I rather like the smaller flowers.
This is just a taste there are many more.