Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – April 2016
The garden is sparkling with colour, lots of spots of colour much like an impressionist painting and I have to say that this is certainly my garden’s best season. The colour and shimmer is created from lots of small flower heads in a myriad of pastel colours. So for this month’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post I thought I would zoom in on my favourite flowers this week.
Alot of the colour comes from the various Narcissus which I add to every year. This year’s new additions include Narcissus Baths Flame which I am rather taken with. The petals are a buttery yellow, very soft when you compare them to the hard yellow of the obligatory large trumpet daffodils that you see in public planting. The flowers glow as the light fades and I think that is because of the whiteness of the petals.
Narcissus Sailboat is another new addition and it definitely reinforces my preference for the paler narcissus; I do like the slightly yellow trumpet.
Narcissus Thalia is an almost pure white – very pure.
Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ is my favourite double narcissus, it has the most wonderful scent which you catch as you are weeding away in the border. I prefer the single daffodils and I really dont like the blousey over breed narcissus which seem to popular at the moment.
As the narcissus go over the tulips start but sadly I only have three tulips in the borders this year. I haven’t planted them for a few years due to badger damage but these three have persisted year on year and are very pretty. I have decided to risk them again next year as we haven’t had a visit from the badger for a couple of years now.
A lot less elegant than the narcissus is the Imperial fritillary. This is the first year I have grown them and I am a little disappointed that the plants don’t seem to have developed a tall stem for the flowers as you would expect. I have two from different sources and both have done the same so maybe it is a result of the weather.
I always forget the Leucojum vernum and are surprised when I first spot their nodding flowers thinking at first they are late snowdrops. The clump has been planted for some years now and is expanding very slowly; maybe I will invest in some more and create a bit of a drift.
Anemone ‘Bordeaux’ is a very recent acquisition. I was seduced by the almost velvet flowers which are working very well with the ageing flowers of Helleborus Anna’s Red and also Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’. I really hope it reappears next year.
Not all the colour is from bulbs or primulas as the blossom is beginning to appear. This week Amelanchier decided to start flowering picking up the blossom of Prunus kojo-no-mai and will soon be joined by the large unknown Prunus that dominates the garden at this time.
Thank you to Carol over at May Dream Gardens for hosting this meme.