A walk around the spring garden, but what’s missing?

Regular follows of my posts may wonder why I haven’t been posting every day to show you the development of my treasured wisteria.  Usually it is in full flower by the end of March and here we are in the middle of April and still I haven’t shared any images with you.Sadly there is a reason; and the reason is that in February, the buds were already beginning to swell – there was not colour on the buds but they were soft; then came the blast of icy cold (minus 12°C) temperatures with wind that was relentless and also coming from almost all points on the compass so that nowhere in the garden seemed to be protected.  I’ve already shown you that perhaps half of the  Trachelospermum jasminoides in the garden looks dead, and only time will tell if it will recover or NOT.

Here is what the wisteria on the pergola over the terrace looks like today.

The pergola over the terrace – Very sad, isn’t it?

I’m hoping that some of the secondary buds may still flower or even that some of the foliage buds may change to be flowers.  I just hope we do get some shade this year.

This is maybe the only flower on Wisteria ‘Prolific’
It must have been protected from the wind or maybe the bud had not already formed in February

The white wisteria on the east side of the house always flowering later than the purple; partly because the white variety is always later and partly because there is less sun so the buds form more slowly.

The white wisteria on the east side is beginning to flower

Here’s what the Wisteria looked like at the end of March 2017.

End of March 2017

I can hardly bare to look at the wisteria, it is usually one of the joys of my gardening year!

More strange weather. This week we had more rain – it must have come with wind from the desert as everything is covered in yellow sand

This dwarf bearded Iris always surprises me; it flowers before the larger varieties and as it’s dwarf and dark I often don’t see it.

But despite the weather the tulips are filling the garden with colour.

More of the tulip buds are opening each day 

Above: looking across the Large Island to the upper slope path.

Orange Ballerina and purple Negrita make a great combination

In the woodland I’ve mixed the colours of the tulips to give a rich, joyful colourful view

What’s flowering in your garden today.

47 thoughts on “A walk around the spring garden, but what’s missing?

    • It does usually flower well during the summer but, not in the same spectacular way as when it doesn’t have leaves. At this point I’d be happy to see some leaves.

  1. What a great shame about the wisteria. I hope it recovers soon, and provides you with some beautiful shade for summer. The tulips are lovely though, particularly the ones in the first photo.

  2. Oh your poor wisteria Christina. I did wonder. In a previous house our entire end gable wall was covered in it. About one year in three the whole lot got frosted so I recognise the sad look. And the emotion that goes with it.

  3. It’s too bad the cold weather blast was so ill-timed. I hope the white-flowered Wisteria comes through for you. As to the rain arriving with sand, that’s just weird! (Not that I’d turn down rain in any form…)

  4. Such a shame when an important part of the garden is affected badly by the weather, I hope it recovers and you get your much needed shade for the summer. Your tulips are amazing, so colourful, I just wish I could grow them!

  5. Your garden is stunning with the dwarf iris and tulips. I am sorry to hear about your beloved wisteria. It is always sad for me, when something in the garden does not flower. I hope it is just delayed and recovers.

  6. I am sorry about your wisteria, I understand how you feel. I have a wisteria trained as a tree in a large pot and its flowering is one of the highlights of the spring. It has moved house with us so there is also something of an emotional attachment. It was further behind yours so, as far as I can tell, it was saved the worst of the cold winds etc.

    • The fact that the wisteria gets any sun available even in winter means that the buds always swell early; it is usually in full flower by the end of March so the cold winds in mid-February were fatal this year.

  7. So sorry about the wisteria! I am hoping it will fully recover. Meanwhile, your tulips are gorgeous! Many of my own plants are covered with yellow dust, but it is not sand, but rather pollen! My oak trees drop long chains of pollen everyone here call “wormmies.” They are everywhere!

  8. Christina, I’m sorry for your Wisteria. I know it’s your garden favorite. The same flourishes something or if next year it will flourish twice. I know why my Wisteria never blooms: because of the cold and the icy winds that it supports. You have the white Wisteria that begins to bloom and is a treasure. Has it rained you with desert sand? It’s strange. But the beautiful dwarf bearded Iris testifies. Yes, Chistina, Tulips orange Ballerina and Tulips purple Bold complement each other perfectly: they are gorgeous. All your garden is full of beautiful tulips of beautiful colors in bloom: it is divine. Greetings from Margarita.

      • Yes, Christina, especially in the Canary Islands that geographically are not far from the coast of Morocco, when the wind blows from the Sahara Desert, that wind reaches the Canary Islands loaded with dust in suspension that we call “Calima” and it removes a lot of visibility. If it rains, then the rain drags it and puts everything lost of sand from the Sahara. In the Peninsula it occurs a few times in Tarifa, which is next to the Strait of Gibraltar and is an area of international surfing for its great winds and waves and once the winds have come from the Sahara and the same rain. But nothing more. If you have any other question, do it to me. I gladly answer it. 🙂 Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  9. Oh what a shame about your wisteria – as long as it is just a setback for this year and it is not permanently affected, like your trachelospermum seems to be.How are your salvias doing now? Your tulips ae looking great in their abundance, especially that strip at the edge of your woodland

  10. Oh how sad that your wisteria is having a year off Christina – hopefully next spring it will more than make up for it. Love the colour of that iris complete with dust. I don’t think it came as far as us this time.

  11. You got the Sahara sand too, then. Your Wisteria really is a sorry sight and I do hope it produces more leaves for shade. Your tulips are perhaps little consolation, but are quite amazing this year! 🙂

  12. I am so sorry for you, especially since I experienced the same thing myself last year. I hope it recovers brilliantly and that you at least get cover for the summer (we used a lilac sail over our pergola until the wisteria took over). Meanwhile your tulips look lovely!

  13. We were hit with late freezes two years in a row and it killed all the flower buds each time. Last year when it happened again I was so fed up I cut it to the ground and was done with it! Yours will be fine, and mine has returned in another spot from a root sucker. The buds are swelling today and I’m glad to still have it.
    Enjoy the Netherlands!

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