Some pretty pictures

Yesterday I took the chance after work to get some photos of things that are looking good right now. Some are a bit of a surprise (the teeny narcissi, which I’d forgotten about) and some are just a relief (the forsythia, finally!). There are one or two disappointments – the anemone I bought a few weeks ago had a lovely flower about to open at the weekend, but the rain and hail on Tuesday put paid to it. There are other buds coming, though.

Forsythia, both at front and back, looking good at long last:

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Front garden

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Back garden

Buds starting to open on the skimmia:

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Next to the skimmia is a red-leaved spiraea which is starting to look very pretty:

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We have a tulip open, waxy and perfect:

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And in the same colour scheme, a battered-looking primrose which is keeping going despite everything:

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The teeny narcissi have the most perfect little flowers imaginable:

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To give you an idea of scale, here is one with my hand:

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In the back garden, I have two heucheras waiting to be put into pots –

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“Paris” with its bright pink flower spikes

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“Midnight Rose”, dark purple leaves with light pink splashes – we had one before but it failed

We’re hoping that they will do well in pots – generally heucheras seem to, for us.

Pulmonaria is doing nicely, and I was just too slow to get a picture of a bee on this one:

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And the prunus is looking lovely:

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Three of the hellebores that were moved from under the lavatera and cistus a few weeks ago – the ones nearer the camera have doubled in size in their new location:

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And this one has even more flowers open than it did when I moved it:

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So I’m going to assume it’s happy.

I didn’t just take pictures, I also pulled up lots of sycamore seedlings. The next couple of weeks are going to involve a lot more removal of sycamores. We will be getting some tomato plants (Mum already has them in her conservatory, but we need growbags) and we already have a little courgette plant, so we’ll see how that does. Mum’s also got lots of bedding plants which she’s grown from seed, so we’ll be having some of those too.

Soon it’ll be time for sitting on the patio drinking tea and enjoying the view!

 

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