End of Month View – April 2012

It’s the end of another month and it has crept up on me so this post is a little late in the day.  I though I would open with the photo above as the tulips look quite good though truth be told the photograph was taken on the 28th April since I knew we were forecast to have very heavy rain and wind yesterday and I work long hours so the likelihood of any decent photos today was non-existence.  Sadly the forecast turned out to be correct and only the paler pink tulips are hanging in having opened later than the others.

I’m really pleased with the Cottage Garden Border so far this year.  The tulips have been wonderful and I’m hoping they will come up again next year.  To try to improve their chances I have giving them a good feed with blood, fish & bone and I will be adding some more bulbs come the Autumn just to make sure.   My delphiniums are coming through well and I think I need to stake them next weekend before they start getting too tall.  It will interesting to see what shades they come out.  Some of them I have grown from seed and I seem to remember are dwarfs, goodness knows why I choose dwarfs as I hate dwarf versions of things and some are divisions of a very successful plant I have.  There are also lots of geranium seedlings in the border and again these will be interesting as they were from a mixed selection.  All in all I am feeling quite positive about the border.

The patio border is throwing off its spring overcoat of snowdrops and spring bulbs and the hardy perennials are coming through.  For  those of you who follow this blog I can now prove to you that there are plants in the sparse middle area.

The dark plants are an Actea simplex and a Japanese painted fern, there is also a Kirengesholma palmata just breaking through the soil.  As I have said in earlier EOMV posts I am watching this border as I moved an obelisk from it last year and we also chopped the end of the border off to make way for a much need bike store.  For some reason these changes have really drawn attention to fact that there is a large gap in the middle of the border.  I have already decided to add some small narcissus for next spring and I will see how the perennials fill out before I decide whether I need to move them around a bit.

My favourite plant in this border at the moment is the Mathiasella bupleuroides ‘Green Dreams’ which is flowering its heart out at the moment.  I have had this plant for a few years now and planted it in this border as I thought it needed a lot of protection.  However, it turns out to be more robust that I anticipated and soon swamped the border so last year I dug it up and moved it up the garden.  This is when I discovered that you can propagate this plant from root cuttings as a new plant (the one in the photos) appeared from the roots that I had left behind.  I shall be having a go at taking some proper root cuttings this autumn.

Anyway, that’s April’s End of Month View and if you would like to join then you are very welcome to do so, the more the merrier, just leave a link to your post in the comment box


26 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    The pink tulips look great – really good colour. This rain has helped things look lush but I think it has slowed stuff down as well. We have really needed the rain, but a bit of warmth would be welcome now.

    My EoMR is here: http://ozhene.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/end-of-month-review-april-2012.html

  2. Judy says:

    Beautiful spring gardens. Could you tell what the item that looks like it is made of bamboo is in your second photo? Thank you.

  3. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Yvonne – NZ – Lovely spring growth! My bulbs have been fed, new ones planted and lots peeking up already. We are having a warm autumn, making up for the ‘non Summer’?

  4. Lyn says:

    Your tulips look lovely – I’m sorry they were blasted by the weather. I always believed you that there were plants in the middle of that border, Helen, you don’t have to prove anything to me. I love the colour of the actea, so dark and mysterious. Hoping your weather improves, here is my link to a down under Autumn:

  5. Terrible year for tulips this year – especially as 2011 was so fine. My Queen of Night haven’t really opened yet but are already pocked and torn. And Apeldoorn lasted a day or two before getting battered. I shall write off 2012 I think and hope for a better showing next year.

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Dave – I’m sorry you have had a bad tulip year. Mine have lasted weeks and some that have been growing in the border for a number of years hardly seem affected. I wonder if they are tougher and stand up to the weather better

  6. hillwards says:

    Pretty tulips. It’s very reassuring to see perennials crowing patches of bare earth, isn’t it? I have kept reassuring myself for months that our rather empty beds do have lots of plants in already and I must wait to see where the spaces really are before adding more!
    The Matthiasela is lovely, great when a plant that you like manages to take its own root cuttings in-situ!

  7. Anna says:

    Your tulips seemed to have given you value for money lasting a good while Helen. I can see forget- me -nots weaving through that border 🙂 Envious of your ‘Green Dreams’ – last year I thought mine was on its way out, this year great foliage but no flowers to date! I must be doing something wrong. My end of month view is up now here : http://greentapestry.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/whan-that-aprille-with-his-shoures.html

  8. Christina says:

    Thanks for hosting EMV again. The cottage garden border is looking very pretty, Helen. Spring profusion is such a lovely time. My post is here: http://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/end-of-month-view-april-2012-growth/

  9. Mark and Gaz says:

    The cottage garden border looks lovely with the tulips. I’ve heard mixed reviews about how tulips performed this year, good to see they have done well for you.

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi M & G – yes my tulips have been fab. We haven’t had too much hail and its been rain more than wind. I do think that tulips in borders stand up to bad weather better than those in pots as they have more protection

  10. Pretty spring border. Can’t believe we are in May already! Thanks for sharing each month.


  11. Your spring border looks lovely. The tulips add so much color among the other plantings. I like your photos because the colors stand out. And the Mathiasella bupleuroides is gorgeous…love the green. Thanks for hosting. http://www.thesagebutterfly.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-garden-notebook-may-2012.html

  12. easygardener says:

    Your Tulips are looking lovely. Perhaps one advantage of your dwarf Delphiniums will be that they stay upright if it gets windy!

  13. Brooke says:

    Lovely! I am joining for the first time, new follower! Here is my post…

  14. Hi Helen! You have been very lucky with your tulips this year, they look wonderful. I am going to have to start again with mine, and make a note of feeding them with blood, fish & bone. You always have such interesting plants in your garden which is brilliant for ideas. This is my EMOV for April http://hurtlingtowards60.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/end-of-month-view-april-2012/

  15. Your tulips are lovely. I too like the green in Green Dreams. I have a Hellebore in that color and a Chrysanthemum too. Here is my post that starts with the end of the month. http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com/2012/04/30/month-in-review-april-weather-photo-calendar/

  16. I wish my tulips were better but the crazy weather has created little to no tulips…love the Green Dreams too…I will join in Monday.

  17. Another new follower. How lovely to have all those mystery seedlings and developing Delphiniums… I hope you find some gems among them!


  18. elizabethm says:

    I am way too late to the party! sorry. Love the pink tulips too. My end of month view is here

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