April 2011. Another one for the record books - the hottest April since records began!
So far May promises to provide some much needed rain showers, perforated with warm sunshine. Perfect conditions for the garden.
Another keen gardener in bud? Bumblebee shows The Man That Can just how it's done.
And the fruits of his labour...
Not content with just one container, he moved onto the flowerbed created especially for both Bumblebee and The Toad. This has not only been planted up with the left over bedding plants and a couple of tiny shrubs, but the complete contents of each of the seed packets that had been waiting impatiently for just such an occasion. It will be a surprise mix, to be sure.
Talking of surprises, the clematis Montana has more than double the amount of blooms we had been expecting!
I cannot let the month go by without showing off the new growth on the tree. Luckily we have had just the right clear blue skies to show it off to its best advantage. Interestingly, this new growth has appeared almost 3 weeks earlier than last year.
Self sown aqueligia beside the greenhouse. I do rather like these, regardless of where they pop up.
Busy Lizzie. What more can I say?
Choisya. Mexican Orange Blossom. These are the very first blooms on this young shrub. The leaves are being nibbled though. I've checked around the plants in the vicinity, and cannot find any of the usual suspects. A little research is in order I think, and a night-time prowl.
Whatever the culprit, this purple-leaved sedum is also being attacked. They share the bed, which I had hoped would be safe from marauding molluscs. I've tried using some organic pellets, but these haven't even thrown up the usual slimy trails.
"When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten;
Fresh violets open every day:
To some new bird each hour we listen."
- Lucy Larcom