It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all wistfully looking at the snowdrops and daffodils, imagining what spring would actually be like when it finally arrived. Well the last few weeks have been more resemblant of early summer, here in Dorset, rather than spring… but as the sun is shining and the weather is warm I think we’ll happily take it – right?!
This flurry of warmth has given the garden a bit of an adrenaline boost and has encouraged even the sleepiest of plants to begin to unfurl leaves.
The Clematis montana (I think I have the Elizabeth variety) is covered in buds and should be in full flower within a week or two. It creates the most spectacular waterfall of light, dusky-pink flowers, which then gives way to a green-bronze foliage that remains late into the Autumn. It is a highly rampant grower – perfect for growing over walls, through trees and covering up unsightly bits. Ours is currently growing along the fence and will need a trim after it has flowered, otherwise the hens may end up having their house resembling a jungle.
Although I was a little worried about the enormous prune I gave the hydrangeas at the end of last year, it doesn’t seem to have done them any harm and their fresh, green leaves are appearing all over the garden. This variety (Annabelle) will end up producing beautiful pale green, almost white, mop head flowers. It’s one of my favourites!
Inside the house, some of the echeveria succulents are producing multiple flower stalks. The sight of this growth reassures me that I have managed to create conditions for them that they like. I breathe a sigh of relief… there’s nothing more soul destroying than an unhappy plant!
I’m off tomorrow for an exciting journey to meet a very talented local lady… which I’m really excited about sharing with you on Sunday (there’ll be lots of gorgeous pictures).
Have a terrific day x
What’s happening in your garden? Have you had any surprises?