Like Nanki -Poo in The Mikado, I feel like dancing and singing right now . We have had a whole week of beautiful sunshine and the garden is sprinkled with fairy dust and spangled with flowers.
Actually, some of it is edible. This year I am growing salads and herbs in containers on a table next to the new greenhouse. This will free up some of the raised veg beds for cut flowers and save my chef, AKA the Pianist, the journey down the garden to pick leaves. He doesn’t really believe in outside and the vegetable garden is a long way off.
I grew some seeds of the lovely little Malus transitoria a few years ago and this year one of my little trees is covered in blossom.
Some of the planting in this garden is not quite what I would have chosen but this combination of Acer brilliantissimum with its shrimp coloured leaves with Amelanchier lamarckii backed with whitebeam, Sorbus aria works very well.
And in the orchard, the pear blossom is looking fantastic.
I was going to write about my ten favourite April blooms today, but how to choose just ten amongst so many beauties is a problem. Never mind, I will save ten special blooms for my next post and in the meantime here are some of the other lovelies making my heart sing at the moment.
Let’s start with some gorgeous shrubs.
Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’ is deliciously fragrant.
Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ is not scented but it has lovely arching branches and masses of pure white flowers.
I bought a pure white Japanese Quince, Chaenomeles speciosa a couple of years ago. At least I thought I did, but this is how it turned out.
This one wants to be a shrub rather than a climber.
The large flowered daffodils are getting over now but I prefer the later flowering dainty ones like these.
The lanes round here are edged with banks of primroses and cowslips which seem particularly prolific this year. The delicate native primrose is unbeatable but I adore all primroses and have loads of different ones, here are a few.
We have had a long winter followed by endless rain and dreary days but this week it feels as if the garden is in a rush to make up for lost time. Everything is happening at a dizzying speed. I can’t remember who said that ‘every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment‘ but after living in a monochrome world for so long, this spring is astonishing and utterly delightful. I hope you are enjoying it too, and now it is time for me to catch up with everyone else and to see other people’s April delights.