The garden in April…


Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England – now!

It’s a pleasure to open the bedroom curtains in April (well any month really). And cutting down the two big trees has certainly has opened up the view of farmland beyond the garden20180325_133522.jpg. The star magnolia is starting to come into its own in front of a rather too vivid azalea…..20180423_121917.jpg20180423_122013.jpgThe view out front, here from the kitchen, is making progress and next year will be much better……20180423_121946.jpgThe pots are cheerful too…20180325_133522.jpg20180325_133459.jpg20180325_133040.jpgThere are some good individual plants20180424_161406.jpg

20180424_161420.jpg and some pretty juxtapositions, here forget-me-nots with primroses…20180424_161504.jpghere two azaleas…20180424_161553.jpghere red azalea and white camellia….20180424_161602.jpgand although we don’t often get to the bottom of the garden (tho we keep urging each other to do so), it is worth the effort….20180424_161616.jpg20180424_161708.jpg20180424_161720.jpg 20180424_161746.jpgand our fruit trees are down here too… an espalier pear, planted last year…20180424_161630.jpgand a Shropshire prune…blossom’s looking good…20180424_161647.jpgThe slate steps and pathway however are crumbly and lethal in the wet….20180424_161930.jpgThe two ceramic sinks I converted last year with tufa are now looking a little more aged and distinguished….20180424_161429.jpg20180424_161434.jpgSo, all in all, things are looking rosy, apart from things affected by the slugs and snails of which we have literally hundreds. And the pics from our lanes show that all it needs is a bit of sunshine to bring everything on a treat…20180411_163823.jpg20180325_124139.jpg20180414_175637.jpgThe ransoms are just about to take over from the primroses…20180414_180215.jpg20180325_132549.jpg20180325_132454.jpg


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