And still they come

The sycamore seedlings, that is. I am still pulling the wretched things up – not to mention finding quite a few that my earlier efforts missed, now getting rather substantial and sprouting several pairs of leaves. The warmer weather also heralds the resumption of the continued war of attrition against the bindweed, and renewed efforts against rosebay willowherb – the latter usually accompanied by me muttering “Where do these come from? I pulled them all up last year too, surely I got them all before they flowered?”

Anyway, it’s not all bad news. Generally things are looking good, and a few plants I thought had succumbed during the autumn and winter have been putting in an appearance. Special mention here to the Houttuynia cordata “Chameleon” which vanished worryingly early last year but has returned, and has spread out by about a foot in all directions from its original starting point. (I’m not complaining.)

The veg seem to be doing well, and I’ve been picking salad leaves for my lunches for the last week.

Azaleas and rhododendrons are starting to do their thing – this is a white dwarf azalea, the memorial for one of our rat boys:

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And a dwarf rhodie, for two rat girls:

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Meanwhile in the flower beds, the velvety buds of the deciduous azalea are starting to show some colour:

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Rosemary is covered with flowers and full of bees (it took several attempts to get a decent photo, though):

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As one viburnum starts to wind down after flowering for weeks,

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another is stepping up to take over.

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Blue phlox is brightening a shady corner of the front garden:

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This spiraea japonica is called Firelight, with good reason:

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And alchemilla leaves with water droplets? We’ve got ’em.

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This week’s oddity – a couple of years back I noticed that a lychnis had self-sown in one of the monkey puzzle stumps. Expecting it not to survive long, I decided to leave it and only rescue it if it looked like it was struggling (we have lots of lychnis anyway).

It’s not struggling, is it?

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It looks like it’s getting ready to flower. It should probably get some kind of medal for determination!

 

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