The week the trees turned green…

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the North, south-facing, border

(Well most of them!) The garden continues to come to life with many of our broadleaved trees now in leaf, or in the process of bud-break.20130512-115333.jpg The beeches on the drive take a little longer, but all around there has been a real sense of the arrival of summer this week. Sadly that also includes showery interludes, which is why I’m inside writing this, and not outside cutting the grass! Hopefully, the rain will go off soon…

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The Good Lady has been continuing to attack the south-facing border this past week, allowing me to get on with pricking out the bedding plants in the greenhouse. The ‘Bishops Children’ and ‘Dwarf Mixed’ Dahlias have all been moved into 3 inch pots now and we’ve also been pricking out the Mesembryanthemums  (‘Livingstone Daisies) into modules of 9. The greenhouse is looking quite busy now with additional temporary shelving set up, which we’ll remove again around the middle of June when the bedding goes out, making space for the tomato plants! Delighted to say that we’ve had reasonable germination from the Echium ‘Pride of Madeira’ which I’ve potted into modules for the time being.

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My favourite apple!

As this is frost-tender, my plan it to move them on into bigger pots for the rest of the year, greenhouse them over the winter and plant them out next Spring – they are biennials and won’t flower until next summer. That should work as long as we don’t get too cold a winter…

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Plum blossom

Good to see that the fruit trees round the wall are continuing to come into bloom – there is a very small apple on the north wall which I’m particularly fond of as it produces huge light pink flowers from much darker buds.

Last week, I was also a bit concerned that the plums had suffered quite a lot of winter die-back, but they are looking far better this week with some really good snow-white blossom.

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an old apple, about to burst into bloom, with daffodils in the background

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the West border, facing east, with Bergenia in the foreground

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Early hostas, with mahonia and cherry blossom in the background

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for no late frosts as a frost at this time means no plums later on – which is what happened last year.

And the herbaceous just keeps on growing, talking of which I’ve been planting some of the young Eupatorium (Joe- Pye Weed) and Pennisetum ‘Tall Feathers’ in the new west-facing border; they’ve both been showing really good growth since we potted them on in the spring and will cope well in the borders on their own. I’ll be planting out more of last year’s seed-sown perennials in the next few weeks.

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a Lime tree (Tilia sp.), at dusk

Now, is that the rain off?

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15 Responses to The week the trees turned green…

  1. Ruth2Day says:

    I am so envious of your garden it is just not true. When I opened your blog I found my jaw dropping at and a gasp flew out when I saw your header photo. Really stunning 🙂

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  2. I invite you to check out today’s post of my recent trip to Arkansas and the fabulous world of P Allen Smith!

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  3. Your garden is coming to life so lovely…green with pops of color. We are supposed to get a frost tonight…

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  4. Good to see so much new growth. I think it may be a good year for fruit. Malc

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  5. Joe Pye Weed is a great plant as long as you have the space. Very good for attracting butterflies, and I love the enormous flowerheads.

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  6. Pauline says:

    It’s a lovely time of year when everything starts to green up, such a lovely light green, just the right shade to go with bluebells! Hope your blossom doesn’t get frosted, we had virtually no fruit last year, but that was because it was too cold for the bees to be out pollinating.

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  7. Spring. interesting to see the awakening of nature.

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  8. It’s so nice to see the blossom isn’t it? I too like the dark pink buds of your apple tree – it makes a lovely statement against the wall. I hope you don’t get any frost – it would be a shame to loose fruit 2 years in a row. That late frost last year saw me taking the spade to the wisteria – 4 years in a row the buds were caught and quite frankly, I couldn’t stand feeling of disappointment again!

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