Finally the borders are springing into life. It was only a month a go that we were under snow.

 

 

The weather’s also been so wet that I missed photographing the pretty yellow miniature Tete a Tete daffodils that did a valiant job of heralding Spring in adverse conditions last month. The dainty white narcissus are still going strong though.

April is one of my favourite months of the year. Nature produces colours which are bright, fresh and zingy. Such a relief from Winter’s muted, drab hues.

The yellow tulips and my favourite zingy lime foliage look great planted with purple honesty.

In our North facing back garden there is a more subtle planting scheme which is more suited to the sheltered, shady position. We have the most beautiful hellebores, dancing about in the breeze. I had planted quite a collection of hellebores in our old garden so was pleased to see we have some equally lovely specimens here. I have also brought a couple of plants with us.

 

This white one looks good planted with the frothy pale blue forget-me-not flowers.

This week I’ve spotted yellow Erythronium with their dainty, nodding star, shaped flowers and. glossy, wavy green leaves. I’ve never seen these before and I’m sure they will become old friends in the coming years. They are daintier than the bold yellow tulips in the front garden. They like moist, partial shade so seem quite happy in the back. I am really enjoying seeing what each season brings and making friends with new flowers in the garden. I am very grateful to Gwyn for her expertise in the garden. It is very clear that she knew what to plant according to the conditions and has an eye for colour like me! I have a lot to learn.

 

 

Equally at home are the Pulmonaria which likes humus rich, moist, but well drained soil and partial shade. Mum used to call this plant Joseph & Mary and I’ve also heard it called Soldiers & Sailors because blue and pink flowers occur on the same stem. Looking Pulmonaria up in The Englishman’s Flora by Geoffrey Grigson there are numerous other local names. Good Friday Plant, Jerusalem Cowslip, Bottle-of-all-sorts, Sage of Bethlehem and Virgin’s Tears. In folk lore it was thought that the Virgin’s milk or tears had fallen on the leaves and spotted them.  As Pulmonaria was used as a medicine against the infirmities and ulcers of the lungs it  also became known as Lungwort.

In addition to the plants that have sprung up in the garden I have planted violas and primroses in a pot near the front door. These are cheerful flowers which can also be crystallized and used as decorations on cakes as they are edible.

 

I had fun over Easter making seasonal cupcakes decorated with edible flowers from the garden. We had a charity event at work where I even wore an Easter bonnet decorated with Spring blooms for the occasion.

It was our wedding anniversary this month. We’ve started a new tradition of taking a photo outside our front door each year and here’s the first. Unfortunately we’ve had to remove the passion flower and vine from the front of the house as it had been growing under the path and coming in the house! We may source a large Greek Urn to control the roots of a future climber. As I cut the grass for the first time this week and made sure the edges were trimmed neatly I hoped Bob, the previous owner would approve!

 

 

April 2018 – Mr & Mrs Smiles

 

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