Over the last few weeks, Spring has been arriving in style in our part of the world. The last week has seen beautiful sunshine, warm weather and perfect conditions for my flowers to start blooming and the insects to start working again. Thanks to the awful pandemic, I have been spending more time in my garden and have been able to enjoy watching the buds blossom and things emerge from the Winter sleep ready for the growing season. I thought I'd share a few pictures with you so you can all see the beauty of Spring in my Cambridgeshire garden.
Holly Blue Butterfly
The Holly Blue is a yearly visitor to our garden. I've yet to see a Common Blue, but this gorgeous Holly Blue has made its home here. On Good Friday, I was tidying out one of the greenhouses and redoing my sprinkler system when this lovely butterfly decided to stop by to say hello. It proceeded to follow me around for a little while, stopping on my capillary matting, balancing on the hosepipe (until the water went through and a leak was discovered) and visiting the abundant flowers that are gracing my garden (more on those shortly!).
Cherry and Pear Blossoms
The fruit trees have been quietly forming their buds and all of sudden, three trees have beautiful flowers covering them! The two cherry trees are still only small, but they have produced the most blossoms I've seen on them yet which is a great sign for fruit this year! There are plenty of pollinators around our garden so I'm already getting excited about fresh cherries!
The pear tree has also put its beautiful flowers on show now. I think what I love most is the way the flowers come first, followed by the leaves then finally at the end of the summer we get generous helpings of ripe fruit! This tree gives us plenty of pears each year and so far, I think this year is looking to be similar.
Other Fruits and Herbs
Let us continue with the crop plants for a moment. The Rosemary has been looking splendid for a about a week or two now, the flowers still looking stunning and attracting many of the local bees. We've been seeing quite a few bumblebees and also some honey bees. None of them wanted to be photographed though, so you just get a pretty photo of some rosemary.
The currants have also been flowering happily, and on these you can even see the little fruits starting to grow! The currants form some of my favourite fruits from the garden with many of them not making it into the house once its been picked!
The final fruiting plant I'd like to share here is our wonderful loganberries. A few weeks ago I tidied up the plants and retied them to the wires and arch on the front of the house and they are rewarding me with lush greens and a promise of flowers and fruit to come.
In the Greenhouse
Let us take a quick peak into the greenhouse. Not much has germinated in here yet. Most of the seeds have only been sown a week or much less so we're still waiting. In here I'm waiting impatiently for tomatoes, brocolli, calabrese, peppers, morning glories, sweet peas and a selection of herbs to germinate. I was delighted to discover that my sunflowers have started germinating and thought I'd share this nice picture with you showing one of the biggest sunflowers and one of the newest sunflowers!
Flowers, Flowers Everywhere
The garden is now becoming a happy riot of colour in the flowering sections (obviously, the vegetable patch is looking like bare earth, we have potatoes planted now, a few seed beds growing things like carrots, parsnips, chard and spinach) but other parts of the garden are allowed to flower and bring a wealth of colour to my world. Here are a few highlights.
Wallflowers: I grew these from seeds a few years okay, not expecting them to regrow year on year, but clearly they are sowing enough of their own seeds in my herb bed to happily grow. I don't mind, I think they are pretty and brighten things up at this time of year.
Leopardsbane: I think that is what this plant is. Whatever its name, it loves growing between cracks in the paving. Another plant I tend to let do what it wants simply for the beautiful yellows and the fact that it provides nectar for the insects.
English Bluebells: We have a few small patches of bluebells in our garden, most of them English although we do have a patch of Spanish Bluebells in the front garden. We try to keep them very separate! This particular set of bluebells doesn't have magic leaves that look surprisingly like mint. It just happens to be growing amongst the mint in my herb bed.
Grape Hyancinth and Yellow Archangel: The previous owners of this house clearly loved their Grape Hyacinths because they are everywhere. I'm not actually that keen on them. I say that, I love the flowers, what I hate is the straggly green floppy mess that exists the rest of the year. Except for a lovely patch down in the veg patch. That patch is well trimmed because its one of the places the muntjac deer feels like they can stop for a snack. I don't actually mind the muntjac eating that particular part. Although we will have to protect any crop plants from them.
Tulips: The previous owners also planted these beautiful tulips around the bases of the apple trees. They come up without fail every year no matter how little attention I give them. I do love it when flowers look after themselves!
Daffodils: We have many varieties of daffodils in the garden. We've planted a selection and there was a healthy selection that the previous owner's planted too. Makes for some beautiful Spring time cheer!
Aubretia: I love aubretia and the way it covers an area of surprisingly thin soil and throws flowers over all of it. Just wonderful. This is a new variety for our garden because we've got some new window boxes to fill up!
Violas: Or maybe pansies? I can't remember the difference! Either way, I think they are beautiful. These like to flower in the front garden at this time of year, although they have been known to flower during the winter too. Basically they don't seem to care about the seasons!
So that brings us to the end of the photos for this blog post. I hope you've enjoyed seeing some seasonal colour in my garden and my next post will probably be my Crafter's Diary entry on Friday evening (or possibly Saturday morning if I'm unorganised!). Thanks for reading, I hope you are staying home and staying safe!