Signs of Spring.

5 Apr

I really do believe it might have finally arrived …. spring that is ! I’ve been busy cooking and eating all day today and finally at 6.30 managed a quick zip round the garden – quick because my garden really is quite small !

And the signs are everywhere ! We’ve been away for almost a week – in snowy, windy, cold Italy- and clearly it’s been quite mild here as everything seems to have sprung.

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My ‘Devon bank’ is the main burst of colour in the garden. I had planned to have it full of primroses and over the years I’ve planted dozens, transplanted from my mother’s Devon garden where they self seed like weeds. However the only one still growing is this one below that’s growing in a crack in the steps ! I think the problem is that they get swamped in the summer by the other perennials that pop up.

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It’s lovely to see plump buds on the camellia about to burst.

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Much of my planting relies on self seeders so it’s always reassuring to see plants like Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing have spread them selves liberally. Although there do seem to be a few plain green specimens I’ll have to weed out.

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Last autumn I planted a couple of dozen white camassia which have now burst into life – strong variegated foliage, which I wasn’t expecting, so very excited for them to flower.

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My philadelphus Aureus is pushing out bright lime leaves ahead of the gorgeously fragrant white flowers in early summer. I adore the colour of this shrub but do sometimes struggle to pair it with other colours as it’s so strong. So I’ve decided to go all out for the clash and have now under planted it with a hot pink bergenia that’s just about to flower – can’t wait to see it !

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The lupins have survived the slugs

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The Amelanchier is ready to flower any day now.

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The willow is in leaf already and looks wonderful with the evening sun streaming through it.

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My Rosa mutabilis is covered in delicate green/red foliage.

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And one of my auricula is looking beautiful !

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Apologies if I’m tempting fate and we end up having a month of heavy rain and snow but let’s hope not !

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4 Responses to “Signs of Spring.”

  1. Pauline@cloverhome April 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Don’t you just love the first signs of spring! Can’t wait to see your Camelia!
    PS I have nominated three of my favourite bloggers for a Liebster award – details on my blog. I’d love it if you would join in!

    • Emma Webber April 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      Hi Pauline – thank you so much for this !!! I’m really chuffed and not sure what I’ve done to deserve it ! But really appreciate all the love I get from the Netherlands !!!

    • Emma Webber April 11, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

      I’m off for a couple days next week so shall endeavour to answer all your lovely questions then !

      • Pauline@cloverhome April 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

        Thanks for joining in Emma! I’m looking forward to your answers.

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