Gardening is good for the soul. Even a walk around between showers to take some photos has lifted the spirits on what is a 'rest day' in my phased return to work.
As the Viburnum flowers fade, wallflowers are coming into bloom with their unmistakable spicy scent.
Within the plant support below are Peony buds. Perhaps 2016 will be their year to begin flowering... To the right is one of the pink dicentra clumps.
And below clematis Montana.
I moved the pot of muscari and laid down some logs to create a damp spot in the hope of encouraging some critters to the pond. I also added a couple more rocks to the sloping side to help any aforementioned critters access the water.
I plan to scrape this side of the pond back, add a liner, replant it with bog plants and thicken the planting up somewhat to create a better route for any wildlife to enter/exit the water in privacy...I have been researching ways to make our little pond more attractive to wee beasties.
Round to the front garden and things are filling out once more. We've had a couple of very cold nights recently, waking up to frost which may have had an effect, but on a good look around it seems the only reaction is a sharp intake of breath against the chill.
The osmanthus has loads of scented flowers this year.
I'm thrilled to see the clumps of aubretia are not only surviving, but thriving - finally!
Sambuccus nigra has suddenly put on growth and forming flower buds.
Beneath which are clumps of tulips.
The acers next door are coming into leaf already, but ours are still in bud.
Fresh new growth of both pieris above and photinia below delivers a shot of bright red.
Swelling buds of rhododendron. The one below still retains the previous spent flower which I won't remove just yet. It's still a wee bit chilly.
It does appear pretty bare still, but a closer look reveals everything seems to have survived the mild if wet winter, even the hibiscus!
More rain is forecast for the next few days. It'll fill the waterbutts back up - and afford The Man That Can some much needed rest before he returns to the latest project.