First things first - I am up to date with all my pruning, weeding, and summer plant preparation. Much to my amazement. Even more to my amazement is the fact that I should have little to do in the garden except potter around in the coming month or so. Having pruned the roses last month, did I tell you just how guilty I felt at chopping off all that lovely new growth? I am still feeling rather guilty, a few of them are extremely slow to get going again. R. Lady of Shallot doesn't seem to mind the cold quite as much as R. The Lark Ascending.
|Rosa Lady of Shallot and The Lark Ascending|
|Fritilaria mealagris Alba|
|The evolving woodland April 2016|
With the weather being very changeable at the moment I am grabbing as much time outdoors as I can. We are regularly experiencing four seasons in one day at the moment. I am working my way through some of those pernicketie wee jobs that I tend to put of until it's too late. If I can get the timing right in between wintry showers I seem to be achieving quite a bit. Some of the jobs turn out to be quite satisfying. For once I am on top of tying in the Clematis. I have also edged the top lawn. The grass was now starting to spread between the stones. I needed to get on top of it before it escaped into the borders. My trusty old wallpaper scraper comes in handy for such jobs. Again, it was extremely satisfying to get this done.
The swallows have returned. Their presence is unmistakable as they dart about feeding in the skies above. A new bird visitor to the garden this month. One I haven't seen in the garden before. A siskin (Carduelis spinus). A small resident song bird. These birds are fairly common here in Scotland but not in my garden. It's always nice to welcome a new visitor. I hope he and his family become regulars.
|Peacock butterfly - Aglais io|
|Phormium, Stachys and Uncinia|
|Mahonia eurybracteatta Soft Caress|
|Hosta Blue Cadet emerging between some Eranthis|
I thought reader might like to meet Angie's Garden's latest recruit. He's out and about now, faster than a speeding bullet. I need my wits about me when he joins me in the garden for a wee play. Readers please say hello to The Tiny Gardener aka Olli.
|Olli making a beeline towards Granma working in the garden with Daddy close at his heals|
Thanks for reading. Up next on my blog is my End of Month View post and I will end with some of my spring favourites, white daffodils. All are scented and really lift the garden since they flower a bit later and the garden is at that in between stage.
|Narcissus Mount Hood|