Some pictures from our garden over the last couple of days. I’ll start with the pretty ones…
Our plum tree in blossom – it’s looking so much more promising than last year, when we had about 12 bits of blossom.
The first forget-me-nots of the season – I love these, and am hoping that they are going to spread all over the garden.
My dad planted purple snake’s head fritillaries on the slope under our horse chestnut tree, and we’ve added some more more, including these pretty white ones.
There’s lots of fresh green growth on our loganberry – it’s looking very hopeful for a good harvest. The loganberry is something else we owe to my dad.
My lemon verbenas are just starting to sprout after spending the winter in the greenhouse. They don’t look that good yet, but they will be. The smell of lemon verbena on a hot day is so lovely, and I think that the fresh green growth against last year’s grey branches looks amazing.
Some delicate white narcissi – also planted underneath our horse chestnut tree.
The japonica blossom is really luxuriant this year. This colour makes me think of bright pink strawberry ice cream.
So here are the bad ones…. But only bad because they’re an insight into the hideous hard work we’ve been doing over the last few weeks. We’ve been levelling the garden, which is very undulating (to say the least), mostly because there are a load of demolished Victorian outbuildings right underneath it. Here’s what we’ve been digging through (not using the plastic spade – that’s just for purposes of scale!).
This is the stage we’re at now – this is part of the lowest terrace with 2 new raised beds all set up and ready to go. We’re looking forward to getting some seeds in..
And the ugly? Well this is just some of what we’ve dug up so far (with lovely weeds – how do they grow so fast?):
At least we’ve got plenty of bricks for paths…!