I am posting this EOMV a few days late as I was in Cumbria until Friday, and it was too gloomy and/or chucking it down for taking photographs all day Saturday and Sunday, while the forecast for the Bank Holiday Monday was excellent, a light breeze and sun with temperatures reaching a tropical 13 degrees, so I decided to wait. And now I am back in Cumbria and finally have a moment to upload and edit the photographs. I am sure Helen of The Patient Gardener, who hosts End of Month View, will be forgiving of my tardiness.
These past two weeks have been extremely cold and damp in Scotland, with several frosts and even snow, so although I rushed back to Edinburgh in the hope of being met with a garden full of glorious blooms and luxuriant foliage, I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that things looked much as they did (perhaps five percent larger) when I left them in mid-April. Even my narcissi are not out yet.
A few happy developments have occurred, though. Firstly, my cherry tree has blossomed. Not an abundance of blossom, just a dotting of tiny white flowers, a mere handful, but blossom all the same. Secondly, some of my tulips, T. greigii ‘Toronto’ have bloomed. An internet search suggests I might expect more than one flower from each bulb, and that unlike many tulips they naturalise easily. Perhaps we will find out, but not next year as the whole tulip bed here at the front nearest the flat will be dug over for proper planting after this lot of bulbs are over. I should mention that the tulip bed exists only because I had to get my bulbs in somewhere, anywhere, while the garden was still a building site, and so I created this small rectangle thinking at least it would result in something nice to look at among all the mess, little knowing that several other plants would be planted and blooming long before any of the tulips showed their faces.
Among other developments, the hostas and alliums are doing well, and I have planted out my sweetpeas. There are 64 plants in total: madness for such a small garden. Luckily I was able to find space for them all; next year I won’t be able to go quite so crackers. Anyway, with the sweetpeas out of the coldframe I had space to stow my germinated seedstrays of aubrieta and cosmos. The delphiniums are growing nicely, too nicely in fact as some are even a little pot-bound. I have far too many for my own garden and so have promised a few to the very kind people I have been staying with in Cumbria.
A root that I planted in early March, and wrung my hands over for a long time for not appearing, has finally shown a shoot. I was so anxious about the non-appearance of this plant, a great favourite of mine, that The Brazilian picked up on its name and went through a phase of pointing at any random plant and asking if it was a ‘pianese’. At length it turned out he meant ‘peonies’. This weekend mine, a ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ has finally shown a tiny shoot. I would have taken a photo but it needed a macro lens.
I have a couple of new plants: a Tiarella and a Lithodora ‘Heavenly Blue’, both of which sound like names a reality TV celeb would give to a child. I also received a sweet little aquilegia from my sister who bought it on a stall. The tag simply said ‘aquilegia’ so it will be fun to see what colour it turns out to be. Place your bets below.