I’m late for GBBD!

I haven’t done a Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post  for months.  I seem to forget and by the time I notice others the date has passed.  But I’m only one day late this time so hopefully Carol at May Dreams who hosts this meme will forgive me!

Like many other gardens in the UK mine took a real hammering over winter and I have been waiting to see what has survived and what hasn’t.  I have a large prostate Rosemary which grows over the wall on the edge of the patio and it got covered in snow, which I did brush off, but it hasn’t been looking very happy.  I have had to prune off lots of dead stems but it has started to flower now (top pic) and is covered in bees.  I was also thrilled to discover the Trillium above in flower.  I bought it last year at the Malvern Spring show and then forgot about it so it was a wonderful surprise to find it yesterday.

Primulas and Tulips are the predominant flowers in my garden at the moment.  I wrote about the tulips in my last post and here are some of my Primulas.  The Drumstick Primulas (above) don’t seem as big as last year and I wonder if this is due to the dryness

Luckily the birds don’t seem to be as keen on pulling the flowers off these as they do the native Primroses which are now just leaves and flower stalks!  My bluebells are starting to come out and I have a small clump of whitebells which are doing really well but don’t seem to want to spread.

My Lily of the Valley is just opening.  I have noticed that it seems to be appearing everywhere in the garden, it is certainly making itself at home but hopefully when it is all open there will be a lovely scent filling the garden.

Finally a couple of shrubs in flower. A Choisya and a Viburnum – I could find the label and tell you which Virburnum but I am already a day late with this post so I won’t unless you really really want me to.


And yes the observant of you will have noticed that there are quite a few white flowers in there which definitely seems to be a recurring theme in my garden!!

8 Comments on “I’m late for GBBD!

  1. Excellent images this month, Helen, do you have a new camera?
    Enjoy the perfume of the Viburnum while you may; mine came and finished in 10 days! Lovely while it lasted though. Ref. you comment to me I think you are partly right about why I am suddenly enjoying orange, The strong light, here in Italy, bleaches out delicate colours so that strong colours appear softer. But I also think people just change over time Christina.

  2. Hi Helen,

    Lovely to see so much happening, I too am waiting to see what’s survived the winter, although I am pleasently surprised with the number of seedlings that are popping up around the garden 🙂

  3. Wonderful to see all these beautiful photos! Your trillium looks a lovely plant, I didn’t know of it until now, so thank you! We have signs of life but the blossom seems to be on the choisya, cherry and apple trees.

  4. Now, how could you have forgotten such a wonderful trillium? But what a great surprise! Your garden is filled with lovely blooms. It must be gorgeous at twilight with all the beautiful whites!

  5. Oops, I forgot to include rosemary in my GBBD post. Yours has lots more flowers than mine though.

    One of these years I’m going to try primulas. I think it’s too hot here for them, but yours inspire me to give them a chance….and go plant shopping 😉

  6. I love your trillium. Lots of white blooms, but they are wonderfully pure and calming, while making a good foil for stronger colours…

  7. Sounds like you may have some of the same challenge I have… dry shade. My primroses are just hanging on (I love them still) but the plants, like lily of the valley, that are ok with the dryness will flourish.

    I have found that the perennial yellow foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora) really likes the dry shade, re-seeding everywhere.
    http://wifemothergardener.blogspot.com/2011/02/favorite-garden-combinations-of-2010_15.html

    Thanks for sharing… always better late than never!
    Julie

  8. Such beautiful blooms! I wonder if that is the rosemary I have in my pot on the windowsill? The blooms look the same. I put it out each summer. I wish it was hardy enough to live in the garden year round. Sounds wonderful that it is spilling over a wall. Such a wonderful collection of primulas you have. The trillium is truly special. You do have many whites, probably spectacular in the moonlight. I find I have many blues.

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