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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
April 2012

April 30th
What a difference a day makes. Sunny and warm, up to 17c today. On the down side, more rain tonight, but mild.
I just had to take one of the roofs off of a temporary 'banana house' today. The new leaves were hitting the roof and curling up.
I have stood a few more plants out in the Exotic garden, but none that will be damaged by the wind. Oh and I did mow the lawns, they are thickening up well and are very green.

Phlox divaricata 'Eco Texas Purple' 

Salvia microphylla 'Kew Red' first flowers this year, a strong growing salvia, gets big.

Agapanthus leaves in the sun.

First flower of Clematis ' Josephine'

You can see why I had to take the top off one of the temporary 'Banana houses'.

April 29th
No new pictures taken, the weather has been so bad, lots of rain and the temperature outside this morning only +6c in the rain.
I did put the big Oleanders outside yesterday, to make room for storage of other plants till the weather improves.

April 25th

A new page has been added to our website, here is a link to it  Clematis Buds

April 21st

It went down to minus 2c last night, but today we missed the showers. I even managed to mow the lawns this afternoon after the grass had dried.
We have planted up the troughs that go on the front of the house, and also the hanging baskets and some of the wall pots which go in the garden.
They have all been put in the greenhouse to grow on, we can't wait for the weather to warm up.

Brugmansia sanguinea in the conservatory.                               Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelli' in the conservatory

Phylostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' 

Flowering cherry near the front gate

Ulmus hollandia wredei  (Golden Elm)                                             Thalictrum aquilegifolium 

Tulip 'Giant Black'

Clematis montana 'Freda'

Rosa 'Cantabrigiensis' 

Hakonechloa macra 'Alboaurea' 

April 20th

Thunderstorms and hail this afternoon, the streaks in the picture are the hailstones coming down.

And on the conservatory roof in the back garden, the hail left after the storm had passed.

And to brighten us up a bit, in the greenhouse Erodium 'Spanish Eyes'

And also Cistus canescens 'Albus' 

Before the storms, outside in Lyns garden, the new leaves of Geranium 'Blue sunrise'

April 18th
Still no improvement in the weather, I did stand a few Dahlias that are in pots, outside for a day. They are showing signs of growth, but I brought them back under cover again as I was afraid they would get too wet, they won't have a very big root system yet.
It is the time of year when the flowering cherry in the front garden, opens it's flowers, just in time for the winds to blow some of it off, as has happened this year.
Lyn has been busy tying in the new growth on the Clematis, an important job to do as the new growth can be very brittle.

The usual picture taken from the bedroom window, to show the growth the plants are putting on.

And inside the conservatory, we can just about get out the back door. Tender plants waiting to get outside.

We also have plants we have raised from seed, here are some of them in our sitting room !!
We are both hoping the weather will improve in the next fortnight, otherwise we may be taken over by the 'Triffids'.

April 15th
Fairly sunny this morning but with a cold wind. Finished potting up the Brugmansias from cuttings taken last autumn. Into 2 litre pots. All 114 of them !!
So we now have even more plants that need to get outside, but we can't because of the cold weather. It is supposed to be another moderate frost tonight, the sky has cleared and the wind has gone, so I can believe the forecast.

10.45 pm just got back in from throwing fleece over some of the plants outside. plus 1.5c at the moment, stars shining brightly. Come on summer.

Still winter in the Exotic garden, bubble wrap on the aviary, some of our sale plants still temporarily in the
garden, tulips (hardly exotic).

The greenhouse stuffed full with plants, I can just about get to the bench.

April 11th
Not so many showers today, but they have been of hail.
Fortunately we don't have any large leaved exotics out in the garden yet for the hail to damage the leaves. It looks like it is going to be cooler than the average weather we get this time of year, to the end of this month at least.

I may be wrong on this one   Tulipa clusiana 'Tinka'  ?

Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac wonder' 

Clematis alpina 'Constance'

Fritillaria michailovskyi 

Orange tip butterfly


April 9th
A cool rainy day today, and a Bank Holiday too.
So very little to do in the garden, unless you feel like getting cold and wet. Just a few plants to repot, that are waiting for the better weather, so they can go out into the warm sun later?
In a very short break in the rain, I did pop out and take just a few pictures.

Epimedium grandiflorum 

Clematis 'Early Sensation' 

Gerbera Everlast (in the greenhouse)

Fritillaria meleagris 

April 7th
It is still too cold at night to put any tender plants out in the exotic garden. I have started potting up some of the Brugmansias we are growing from cuttings last autumn.
I reckon we may well end up with about 90 to sell on our open days.
I have been painting the walls and fences in the exotic garden, much easier to do it before the plants are put into position.

Meanwhile in Lyn's garden the spring plants are showing well. The Clematis are growing fast, despite the cooler weather of the last week.
Narcissus 'Hoopoe' is filling the garden with scent, I reckon it is the strongest scent of all the Narcissus we have in the garden.
Lyn started putting in all the supports for the larger herbaceous plants this afternoon, a long job, but well worth doing to help avoid the plants being flattened with heavy rain and wind, which we always get at some time during the Spring or Summer.
We planted up the troughs that go on the front of the house with lots of Balcony geraniums yesterday. They can't go up yet, so just about made enough room in the greenhouse for them to grow on for a couple more weeks.

Erythronium revolutum 'Harvington Wild Salmon' 

Erythronium revolutum 'Harvington Wild Salmon' 

Uvularia grandiflora                                                               Clematis alpina 'Constance' buds just opening

The plant labels have nearly all disappeared now, the lawn needs to green up a bit more yet.

April 1st
Repotting some more plants today and making a few more for sale on our open days. 
Quite a few of the Narcissi have finished flowering due to the hot weather we have had in late March. But it has now got cooler again.

Erysimum 'Jenny Brook'                                                     Erythronium californicum 'White beauty'

Narcissus 'Thalia' 

Narcissus 'Hoopoe'                                                                                               Flower buds on Clematis 'Elsa Spathe'

Erythronium 'Pagoda'

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry eyes' 

Anemone lipsiensis