The Garden in Spring

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Clematis alpina and FatshederaAs late winter eased its way into spring we enjoyed a succession of colour – from the earliest tiny reticulate irises and dwarf narcissi in the new scree bed to the big bold splashes of colour provided by the tulips and euphorbias.

In particular the Woodland Garden is full of interest throughout spring, pictured here with anemones, tulips, hellebores, erythroniums, arums and pulmonarias.  The bright lime / gold bracts of Euphorbia polychroma ‘Midas’ go so well with the hot orange of Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ – a great combination that gives us much pleasure.

Woodland Border in springThe gold and glossy green variegated foliage of Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’ grown in a tall terracotta pot brightens up the front of the house, especially during the winter months when it really earns its keep.  Teamed up with Clematis alpina ‘Helsingborg’ it provides great spring interest too, the dainty blue bell shaped flowers of the Clematis pairing so well with the deep gold of the Fatshedera.

Weather has stopped work on the development of the garden for only a few weeks of the winter, so we continue to make good progress – more on that next time.