First up, all the plum family blossoms. The blossom from my fruit trees came and went very quickly, but the blackthorns in the hedgerows lasted for ages.
|I can't say for sure whether this is Damson or Blackthorn - it's a wild |
straggly bush/tree growing in my woodland area.
The ornamental cherry trees beside my pond have blossomed really well this year.
White cherry blossom started next, but very staggered; my big old tree was flowering weeks ago yet another smaller tree has barely opened up its flowers yet! As for the apple blossom, that will have to feature next month as it is only just starting.
Looking back at last year's photos, we are now a good 3 weeks behind last year in terms of what was flowering, but that was an exceptional warm dry month and with only 6mm of rain. What a difference this year!
|Forget Me Nots in front of Bronze Fennel.|
I adore forget me nots, and last year I finally got around to buying some seed. I'm so glad that I did. The plants haven't opened fully to that frothy haze of blue stage yet as they have been slow to get started. The sight of them reminds me of my grandmother, along with the scent of many of the highly perfumed roses.
The rain has really benefitted my Rhododendrons too - there are far more blooms on this one than last year and I have another one with darker pink flowers which will flower later (last year it didn't bother, it was just too dry which was so sad).
|Rhododendron looking amazing|
There's also the carpet of zingy yellowy green from all my Euphorbias. This is E. polychroma with a little visitor. I took this photo with my OH's SLR camera - I can't zoom in any more but I really like the light with his camera. It just needs updating as it's quite old now (why does technology move so fast - it's great for some things but costly replacing items which become obsolete after about 5 years!).
Cheat photo taken last year, only because I haven't got around to taking a photo of my Dicentra yet. I adore these flowers but unfortunately the plant then spends several months looking a mess as it dies back after flowering! So I have to enjoy it now.
And the last for this month, Angelique tulips. They are only just beginning to unfurl and some look rather stunted and sad so will probably not turn into the big showy girls that they should, as like everyone else, they are getting rather fed up with the rain and wind!
I shouldn't finish on a sad note, but such is gardening. First, our once lovely Mimosa mentioned in February flowers has been chopped down, as it has now been frosted 3 out of the last 4 years, and was just getting weaker and weaker and looking more and more tatty and couldn't really have taken any more pruning of dead branches.
The other great disappointment is my Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'. A month ago it was covered in flower buds and as the month has gone by, they have been dropping off and now only a very few remain, whilst the leaves are just beginning to show signs of emerging. I don't know what the problem was, perhaps it was the frequent hail knocked them off. It's such a shame as I only bought this shrub/tree last year and I had wanted one for so long, and finally saw one in a garden centre. I had searched for years but they weren't even available by mail order, so despite it being the most expensive plant I have ever bought at a whopping €60, I had to have it! However it was for the heart shaped purple leaves that I bought it and any flowers will be a bonus. Maybe next year.
|Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'|