April. A month that began with sunshine and laughter, and quickly deteriorated into a turbulent time for us. Regular readers will know the anguish and grief that this month has brought down upon us; I shall not dwell on this here but focus, instead, on the garden. We spent limited time in the garden in recent weeks, due to the turn of events, but our snatched moments here and there yielded respectable progress; building structures, weeding, sowing and planting, and a myriad of other bits and pieces that have kept us busy.
Tulips and honesty lit up the garden through the month, although the last week’s winds have pulled petals from the tulips and brought the largest clumps of honesty crashing down.
Undeterred by the weather, the borders have begun to fill with lush new foliage; aquilegias have pushed up tall flower stems, ready to flower, Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ has similarly produced long dark stems, speckled at the tips with delicate white buds.
A profusion of brilliant magenta flowers has appeared on the low-growing Geranium sanguineum, while Knautia macedonica continues to produce dark crimson pin-cushion flowers; nearby white Dicentra spectabilis hangs its hearts along the line and even Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’ has started to flower gently already. Geums, more dicentras, forget-me-nots, primroses, Centranthus ruber, aubretia, Omphalodes ‘Cherry Ingram’ … the list of blooms is long and varied – though the weeds are quickly multiplying up too!
The month ends for us with a litter of torn leaves and petals from the destructive force of recent winds; with an upside-down trampoline and broken branches, though the rain has called a temporary ceasefire, and the winds have dropped to ‘strong’.
Goodbye, April. I will not be sorry to see you go.
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