As I write this entry, there is not a cloud in the sky save the vapour trails of aircraft taking their passengers on voyages to some far flung destination. It is in the mid 20's up here in Yorkshire, higher no doubt further down the country. What is more, I have this week off work to enjoy it. I think we brought the good weather home with us from Italy. Long may it last.
Italy is a good 8 weeks ahead of us in the garden. Everywhere we went hung boughs laden with the heady scent of Wisteria and blossom. Our own Wisteria is yet to unfurl even a leaf.
Back in the real world however, it was down to earth with a bump when a quick glance around the garden revealed very little had changed. And then the sun came out and everywhere has come to life.
Further down the hill, magnolias are in flower, but m. George Henry Kern is a little shy and still content to fill out his buds.
Along with Acer Crimson King...
The apple tree...
and the cherry tree prunus Kanzan, which seems to have had no ill effects after its bit of a prune last summer.
Above, the blooms of rhododendron Christmas Cheer is fading into a lovely baby pink. However, below is a very sad looking acer which received what I assumed last year to be frost damage. The other acers around the garden and those of our neighbour are budding up nicely. This one has passed over into the great garden beyond. I'm tempted to try something different here, a camellia Japonica perhaps.
The Acer below is smothered in leaf buds.
A couple of weeks ago, I pruned back the cornus in the Yen Garden, and with the prunings, took cuttings. Leaves have begun to appear on the cuttings already. I will leave them in situ over the summer.
In the Long Border, the lamprocapnos spectabilis (formally known as dicentra spectabilis) is throwing up its delicate looking shoots, while in the Pink Garden the climbing hydrangea is once more coming to life .
The Long Border's narcissi display has been wonderful. Pretty much all these daffs were bought as reduced pots costing around 50p for 5.
The first tulips to flower this year are these tall creamy white ones in the Terrace Border. Meanwhile all the hellebores are still proving their worth.
Clematis Alpina willy in the Long Border has survived the winter unscathed, as has the sea holly in Terrace Border...I hope it flowers this year.
In the front garden, scented Osmanthus burkii is opening its blooms, to join a single clear yellow daffodil. I reckon more daffs are required for next year's display to cheer up the view from the living room window.
Also coming into bloom are the berginia clumps...
On the terrace, All the pots of spring flowers are showing off. I've been gradually planting them out into bare patches as they come into flower, except for the hyacinths, which I've been enjoying at nose level on the table beneath the kitchen window. The miscanthus (grape hyacinths) have been planted out since this shot was taken and now are happily blooming in the Long Border.
I love Spring.