Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring time! What's waking up in your garden?

Time. If only I had more of it! I've had a very busy few days, not least out in the garden making the most of the unseasonably warm and sunny weather that we're currently enjoying. The trouble is, I still have a list as long as my arm of jobs that need doing, both garden and non-garden related. I live in hope that I'll catch up with things eventually!

This weekend we spent a fair bit of time out in the garden: clearing old leaves, digging fresh compost into the borders, potting up various Arisaema, repotting and generally sorting things out for the coming season. Spring is definitely in the air, and it is genuinely exciting seeing everything burst back into life!

I'll let the camera do the talking!

The first Arisaema flower of the year! Arisaema triphyllum:

Dracunculus vulgaris are starting to gain height now. These do a reasonable job at hiding that ugly fence as they grow taller.

Fritillaria Uva Vulpis. I love this species - I have lots!

kalopanax septemlobus about to burst into life:

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansey' is budding up well. This was new in the ground last year and hasn't flowered for me before.

Over the weekend I also made a visit to see family up in North Devon. They are fortunate in having a beautiful garden that is full of horticultural interest, and in particular the numerous mature Magnolias were looking absoutely stunning. I did take my camera, so I can give you a brief photo tour at some point over the next few days. The weekend was topped off by a surf at Woolacombe, and my first bbq of the year. Not bad for March!


  1. Time is a luxury nowadays, so much to do and enjoy, so little time to do it. Pleased to see that you still managed to do a bit last weekend. Some great plants especially the arisaemas, still waiting for some of ours to wake up. Looking forward to the photos of your parents place :)

  2. Arisaema triphyllum is always early here, but most others are still asleep!

  3. 'Forest Pansy' doesn't often flower well in the UK - mostly grown for its foliage - looks as if you've got the right spot for it.

  4. Hi Ian, that's interesting - I didn't realise it was shy to flower over here. Actually, it was you who inspired me to plant it through reading your book 'Exotic Gardening'! (Great read btw!)