The bare root shrubs we planted recently are bursting with life (thankfully). I was a little wary because I'd never bought through Groupon before, but I went halves with my mother-in-law who had. On arrival all the 'sticks' were put in a bucket of water and as soon as possible they were planted.
Hibiscus syriacus with a hardy Geranium at its feet, and in the top of the picture are tiny green shoots of symphoricarpus albus.
Spirea Douglasii which I was convinced was dead just 3 days ago!
And this wee fella had no name tag so it has a temporary home until I can ID it.
Oh yes and the weigela looks lost in the front garden. This is where the huge broken terracotta pot had been, containing a dark red acer which I think might be 'garnet' and now lives in a new pot in the Yen Garden. To the right of the weigela is a young clematis climbing the wires on the fence.
Around the pond the plants a beginning to knit together. This hosta has lovely thick blue-green leaves.
The new Wisteria looks like it's happy with its location. I would be surprised if it flowers this year, but it would be a very welcome surprise!
'Borrowed' acer drapes elegantly over the fence from our neighbour's garden.
Our very first Aquilegia flower! There are a great many clumps this year and many are very large clumps, all budding up. I think these are such great filler plants and the best thing is they produce a huge amount of seeds, which in turn will produce many variations in colour the next year. I tend to save the seeds of a variety I rather like and scatter the seeds in the autumn close to the parent plant to see what appears!
Almost all the daffodils have gone over now, although there are a few clumps I planted in the back garden a wee bit late as they were a birthday gift from 'the Toad' in November that appear to be thinking about flowering! But I'll leave you with some Tulips from Tilburg.