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Have been spending a bit more time in the garden – mostly with coffee in the summer-house – but I’m getting some jobs done and the garden is looking tidier.  There’s not much to show you, but a few things are starting to come on and it’s very pleasing to see the new growth.  I especially love to see the Hosta points coming through.  Anyway, here is my 6 for today.


Remember the little wildlife pond we put in last year?  Here it, starting to settle down a bit.  There is pulmonaria in flower – dark blue, light blue, and the usual mixed colour, the ferns are coming on, and by next week I think I shall have Erythronium flowers to show you.  Pity I took this photo before I got the weed out of the pond – then the pond would have been clean and the net wouldn’t have been centre stage!


A rather splendid photo of good old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.  It has flowered sporadically all through the winter and now has lots of flowers coming.  It’s looking a bit straggly though, so I think this will be its last year and I will replace it with new plants next.

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Our little plum tree.  We had a huge harvest off it last year so I was not expecting much this, but if all these flowers form plums then it will be plum city again!  It was full of little flying things, including bees, so I’m hopeful.  It’s in the most unkempt bit of the garden so don’t let your eyes stray from the tree.

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I am totally thrilled to see this.  It’s the first flower ever on a three-year old Hydrangea petiolaris.  It’s all on its own at the moment but I hope it will have some friends soon.  I’d like to tell you that’s Armeria growing in the pot below it, but it’s hairy bittercress, which I will not dignify with italics….


Two weeks ago this nearly got dug out as a weed.  It’s one of the few plants that I haven’t labelled and I didn’t recognise it.  Fortunately, in a moment of rare memory brilliance, I remembered I had planted a white Dicentra in that area.  As the leaves unfurled a little, it became clear that’s what it is.  Phew, nearly lost it.


And this is a little apricot tree, doing rather well.  It’s in its second year (with me) and has a good few flowers on it.  It has put quite a lot of growth on at the end of the branches and I’m not sure how to handle it.  Does one prune it later in the year? Leave it alone?  Any advice gratefully received.


That’s it from me.  Have a great weekend.

The O.G.