April 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 11:46
martian77 in Garden, monthly

First of the month, photo time! It was a bit damp. 

Upper lawn 1 April 2011

Lots of fresh new green! There aren't many daffodils out back, but those that there were have been and gone. Check out my ornamental quince! Such a great shade of red, and finally large enough to really make a splash of colour. Have to see if I get any fruit on it this year. I got one last year, but I have no idea when they are ripe. I've heard they make quite a nice drink. The random paving slab was a trial for an upcoming project that will (fingers crossed) make the grass easier to mow. 

Lower lawn 1 April 2011

The view from the living room window shows the clemetis in full bloom at the back. The scent of that plant is amazing, and the way it's grown makes me think of two swags of bunting. I do need to try and get it a little bit under control this year (it should be growing up, not dangling like that) but for now I'll just enjoy it!

Concrete 1 April 2011

The concrete is still a bit of a mess. I've been trying to get the bath right, and let it water those pots again, but I've still not managed to get it right. Ho hum. Still, the pansies in the large tub are starting to look very nice, and we've had a starling start using the big blue bowl as a bath which is quite funny! 

Upper slope 1 April 2011

The forsythia is nearly over for another year. Magnificent while it lasts, then it's time for other things to take over. The rosemary is just starting to flower. I really really should cut those back, but they are lovely. The greatest success for this year so far though is the patch of white up by the top step. That is a patch where I decided to get rid of some grass last year, and planted some alpines and a row of daffodils to replace it. It has been spectacular so far this year. Two of the plants are flowering white, and either end there's a dark pink. The row of daffs behind is working really well, and because it was a pick and mix selection some are finished but others haven't got going yet. Oh, and the pear tree has a fair amount of blossom on it too. 

path 1 April 2011

Across the path the ornamental currant is looking at its best. I'm particularly pleased because it's still looking quite open. I'll just have to try and keep it like that! You can also just make out a white trellis up against the arch. I've moved my kiwi plant from a pot by the front door to the arch, and I took the trellis too. Fingers crossed it doesn't get too shredded by the wind (or provide the wind with enough purchase to damage the arch!).

Veg bed 1 April 2011

I was starting to fret that the veg patch was behind schedule, until I looked back to last year's picture. I'm actually much more organised than I was then, so that's good! The branches in the fence quarter are nice thorny rose clippings, trying to keep the cat and fox off that patch. I've put 4 asparagus root things in there, no sign of growth yet, but I can hope. The rhubarb is settling in well I think. And also in that quarter I've planted out the shallots I started in the greenhouse. Hopefully this year a) the birds won't pull them up and b) I've started them early enough to get a reasonable harvest. I also have broadbeans, peas and mangetout planted, and my brocolli is about to get going. The kale is nearly done I think. Mixed success, but we've had a few good meals off them and I know what I've got to do this year. Potatoes should go in tomorrow. 

Terraces 1 April 2011

There have been daffodils in the terraces too, but they are nearly over already. I don't think there were as many as last year - maybe I should try feeding them or something. They are just out of shot, but the currant bushes on the right are starting to come to life again too. It never shows up in any of the shots because it's right up against the house, but my Williams pear tree is just starting to flower too. My big aim this year is to get pears off it, which I think is going to take a lot of watering. For the last two years I've had quite a lot of small pears, but almost all of them drop off. I think that is probably a lack of water, and I'm going to do my best to avoid it this year. 

So, promise, green, flowers - not a bad start to the year! 

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