2020 – the fifth week watching colour and beauty emerge on each and every day of this year’s surreal spring
Sunday 19 April – and another hot and sunny week
The dramatic first flush of spring flowers with their intense colours makes way for abundance of leaf green. The river bank and its willows, alders, elders and gunnera are now clothed in shining, bright lime greens
The speed at which Hosta Big Daddy grows beggars belief: three weeks!
In the same time frame these brief but glorious displays come and go
The wisteria and rose are now at their peak – but the cherry needs netting!
Monday 20 April
Pittosporum Tom Thumb is a wonderful do-er; deep burgundy colour all winter, and then the new leaf sprouts the brightest lime green, and slowly deepens through the summer, while the allium briefly dominate the gravel garden
Tuesday 21 April
I’m still bewitched by the ferns and lilies of the valley. They are tucked away in the little back passage on the north side of the house with only fleeting sunshine in the first and last hour of the day. Hidden treasures!
Wednesday 22 April – our 17th wedding anniversary: more glorious sunshine
The foxgloves are well ahead of the Melianthus Major (whose yellowy new growth is largely at ground level, though some shoots show on last year’s woody remnants) and the delphiniums which by mid summer will populate this patch in the blue and white bed. Pittosporum Irene Paterson provides the ghostly white foliage while the faithful agapanthus begin to show in the foreground. And yes – there’s another Pittosporum Tom Thumb.
The Convolvulus cneorum loves the sunshine; and another bright-leaved box
Thursday 23 April
In less than three weeks this flower bud of the Wisteria has metamorphosed to a shower of pale blue and ice white; contributing to our best-ever show
Friday 24 April
A very smart view of the herb garden, water butt and gas meter and gravel
the olive tree awaits new leaf growth, the cherry blossom gives way to fruit
Saturday 25 April – the sun shines again!
Taking Rosemary Verey’s advice, on the appearance of the mulberry’s leaves,
out come some of the cannas from their winter protection
and some topiary management clips (and saws!) the cypresses back in shape
Finally the extraordinary Wisteria flower from that exquisitely formed bud