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.
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.
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.
Here’s what the Wisteria looked like at the end of March 2017.
I can hardly bare to look at the wisteria, it is usually one of the joys of my gardening year!
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.
Above: looking across the Large Island to the upper slope path.
What’s flowering in your garden today.