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Spring Tour of my Garden - Six on Saturday April 2018

It would appear spring has now finally arrived here in the UK, so I thought it time for a tour of the spring highlights in my garden this weekend. Which also gives me the opportunity to join in for the first time with Six On Saturday, pop over to The Propagator to find out more about this fun gardening blog along.

Let the garden tour commence

First up are some colourful containers...
Anemones Sarah Raven
Beautiful Anemones 
These Anemones have been providing colour and structure to the patio area of the garden. These corms where a purchase from Sarah Raven last year and were planted early summer so it's the first spring we have had chance to really appreciate them. Appreciate them we do! 

No smirking please, but this year is the first time I've grown Tulips and it won't be long before these  will be in bloom, and that you see is a problem. Why? Well shortly I will be surrounded by stunning displays of Tulips as this month I am rather excited to be visiting Keukenhof Gardens in Holland!  So if the dozen or so Tulips in my garden could just hold back on flowering until I return from holiday in a week or two's time I would be most pleased.

Forced Rhubarb pot
Forced Rhubarb
Forced Rhubarb
Ruby Red Forced Rhubarb
Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb. Another first, this year a pot has been upturned and placed on top of one of the rhubarb crowns, and here is a sneak peek on how it is looking.  Not long before it's Rhubarb everything in the kitchen.

Kale seedling
Kale seedling
I have been pretty late at getting my seeds sown this year, so there is always the thrill when you spot your first seedling sprouting. This is the first of my Kale sowings, something I love to sow, grow and eat.

Wildlife pound gardeners world
Wildlife pond a work in progress
I share the garden with my sister, she loves doing all the heavy jobs (honest) as I'm not able to due to my scoliosis. Inspired by an episode of Gardeners World last year, 'we' are putting in a wildlife pond (barrel)- it's a work in progress. We have yet to buy the water lily and other pond plants, which we are hoping to find at the Malvern Spring Show next month.

dead Erysimum Bowles's Mauve
Erysimum deceased!
Did you have any loses in your garden this year? This Erysimum Bowles's Mauve sadly has not made it. Now this is not unusual for these plants, they usually last a few years then die and as such every year I take several cutting so always have new plants in reserve ready to fill a spot. They give great colour to the garden throughout most of the year. 

Well that's the end of this brief garden catch up, and my six highlights for the month of April. 

Thank you for taking a tour around my garden with me. 

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  1. I admire your tenacity in keeping Bowles Mauve going. I like perennials that really are perennial and never had a BM that lasted more than 2 years. They just flower themselves to death!

    1. They were one of the first plants I did successful cuttings from, so I yes I have a soft spot for them.

  2. What a great idea to share the losses. zit may help all of us understand why things happen - good or bad.

  3. I just pruned a rather sad looking BM in a client's garden, two years' old. This will be its last hurrah, I expect.

    1. I guess thats the price the plant pays for supplying us with flowers through almost all of the year.

  4. I love the hedgehog - is that on a birdbath or another little pond? How do you keep the water in the barrel? Oh, I'm so rude - welcome to SoS!

    1. Thaank Lora, you are not rude at all, I love it when people as questions. The dinky hedgehog is on a big metal cauldron which is filled up with pebbles and water, the brids use to to drink from and bathe its next to the window of the garden room so we get to watch the birds. The barrel we were told was watertight, and it most certainly is not. We have used some clear sealant (like you do around windows) now we are waiting to see if that has worked.

    2. Oh, the sealant is such a good idea. Will have to think about that as a portable pond.

  5. You took us on a wonderful tour, the rhubarb looks wonderful, the delights of home grown food yum.


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