My garden in April

27 thoughts on “My garden in April”

    1. Thanks Joanna. I love it dearly, but sometimes when I look at my pics I think it looks like a building site! (Which maybe it is … of the horticultural variety!)

  1. Cathy, your Spring tulips, especially Sweet Impression are lovely and your post reminds me how much I like the zingy foliage of Iris pallida ‘Aureo Variegata’. My favourite though is the mirror garden Euphorbias they are gorgeous against your lovely stone walls.

    1. Thanks for a lovely comment – I am feeling rather guilty because I’m not visiting other people’s blogs at the moment, but will pop by you soon!

    1. Yes – two words (West Point) – you would know from your neck of the woods! I thought wallflowers would not get through the winter here (you don’t really see them), but planted them in a ‘cosy’ spot.

  2. Dear Cathy,
    enjoyed reading your “Dreaming in Chatillon very much. The tulips were really splendid and I am so impressed with all your plans!

    1. You are so right! There was a lot to do here, and when I reflect on what I have slowly done, mostly on my own, without machinery or assistance, on 1/2 acre in four years, I’m sort of proud! Nick is here in the summer and does some strimming/tidying of the endless rubbish – he’s a star – but mostly it’s me alone.

  3. Here’s another vote for Sweet Impression, especially at the dusky browny-pink early stage – exquisite! Since I don’t have a garden myself, I like the “not pretty” work in progress photos just as much, with their promise, mild sunshine and long spring shadows. If I ever upgrade to an allotment, I’m afraid you’ll be badgered with questions, but for now I’ll garden vicariously.


    1. So sweet! Actually, I feel the most excitement looking at those pictures too … it’s the most ‘normal’ part of the garden. When I’m down there I feel like I’m on dry land again. Not sure I’d be the right person to take advice from on the subject of veggie growing – I love it, but have to accept that I’m a less than successful beginner!

  4. It looks like you had a beautiful April despite the weather – your pictures of “Sweet Impressions” are thrilling… I’m always happy to look at other “young, but slightly older than mine” gardens as it is very rewarding to see them filling out so beautifully. I’m fascinated by your use of chives to line the roses; although I intend to start edging my beds with pavers soon, I think chives (or similar) would be wonderful poking up at the edges! And a last smile for N. p. recurvus, the most beautiful of narcissus… 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy – yes, I think the chives are quite a useful edger – fast-growing, very cheap and very pretty when flowering if teamed up with the right plants (although the seedheads need snipping sharpish to stop them spreading). I love seeing other people’s gardens develop too. It’s so encouraging to see that most of us start from nothing and battle through problems (box blight/voles …) to a kind of success! (Even if it’s not the one we first imagined!)

  5. What lovely things in your garden to enjoy in May. You must be proud of what you have achieved. I love West Point too and all the lily flowered tulips. I think you have been sent Tulip viridiflora ‘ Formosa’ rather than ‘ Artist’. This is always happening to me and it ruins the colour scemes I have planned.

    1. Thanks Liz – just googled and I can see exactly what you mean! I had the bulbs from Peter Nyssen. Was quite satisfied with the order in 2013/14, this year these viridiflora tulips are not the only (slight) disappointment.

  6. I have really enjoyed looking round your developing garden and share your problems with docks and couch grass (as well as a host of other perennial weeds that plague my beds). The tulips are lovely and I have noted Sweet Impression for next year! It is so frustrating when bulb orders are not quite right – I have some pinks and reds flowering in what was planted as an all white border, but I guess it must be hard for the packers when all the bulbs look the same – perhaps surprising there are not more errors!

    1. I can’t think why I didn’t reply to you before … saw another comment tonight (from a close friend) and realised I’d been remiss. But you are right. It’s annoying when we’ve ‘paid’ for a colour scheme we have in our heads, and the supplier doesn’t deliver. But their job is complicated. Incidentally, had the same problem with the root trainers for the sweet peas this year. All the plants are fine, doing well in spite of lack of rain. But the root-trainer plants are behind (just a bit). Sorry that I am not more rigorous in taking photos! I do it all on my own and find it hard to work in the garden and take the pictures/blog as well … next year, perhaps! Personally I think this ‘root-trainer’ stuff is all a ploy to get us ‘ignorant’ gardeners to spend more money! As for the docks and the couch …grrrrr…

  7. Hi Cathy, I’m hideously behind with blog reading as well, as you can tell. But your garden is looking lovely. I love Rosa lutea and keep getting tempted, just need to find a suitable place to put one. I have bought the narcissus though, also known as ‘Pheasant’s Eye’, the scent is glorious!

    1. I can hardly even think about blogging at the moment Jessica! I love the rose as well – a great joy here. Take care and don’t work too hard!

  8. What Progress, what results! Beautiful photography! What incredible hard work!
    Looking forward to photos of canary bird!

    1. Beatrix – thanks. Canary Bird didn’t do well this year (in spite of being surrounded by your hostas!). Flowered ok, but there was a bit of dieback that worried me. Will spend one more year in that spot – and then the world is his oyster down below/!

  9. Hi Cathy Your tulips are amazingly beautiful no wonder. The Dutch passion led to tulip mania. I don’t know whether you have seen tulips in Turkish art they are represented in a fabulous was in many cases x

    1. We imagined we would go on our honeymoon to Turkey, Paula. Simply because the wild tulips that led to ‘tulip mania’ in Holland in the 16/17th century came from Turkey originally. I wanted to see them growing wild in the mountains, but we never did it. Strangely enough, there seems to be a ‘snowdrop mania’ going on now – can you imagine … some people are paying £1000 for a bulb!!! This is crazy. I like the wild and will never stop wanting to go to Turkey and see them as (whoever) intended …

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