It was time to get the garden ornaments and pots out of their winter storage, set up the table and umbrellas and generally get the garden spruced up for summer. There is of course still more to do, I didn't get my hammock out yet and I want to try and find some new large pots to go outside the front door rather than the little ones that I have been using, but it is good to have ongoing projects and things to look forward to doing isn't it. Lets face it, gardening is never done, and never should be in my opinion, there is always something to tweak, add, deadhead and so on. I would hate for the garden to be a static thing with nothing to do.
So, here is what we did this weekend!
Admired the first of the Irises to come out in the front garden.
The Wigelia is starting to bloom.
The Hornbeam hedge and the Holly are producing new leaves like crazy.
I am always in two minds about this Rhododendron, it looks very dark and boring for a lot of the year, and then when it blooms it totally redeems itself and makes me love it all over again! It seemed to be looking particularly beautiful when I took these photographs.
The Rowan tree and the Broom are both looking beautiful with their white flowers.
I was very pleased when we got home from our travels to see that the Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) was starting to come into flower, it is looking spectacular now. I would like to get some more of these sometime. They look very delicate, but are as tough as old boots as one of my friends says, and they really are!
Little tiny blooms, but very pretty and delicate.
Out came the table and chairs, along with the umbrellas.
Garden ornaments out of storage.
We planted up lots of pots with annuals to stand on the patio over the summer and by the door, to fill in gaps wherever needed really. I love Pelargoniums (Geraniums) and always have a few each year. I really liked the leaves on this one.
These are some of the seeds that I won in a giveaway from Leanne at Today's Stuff earlier in the year. I don't normally have much luck with seeds, but these seem to be growing well. Leanne must have sent some of her magic gardening touch with them!
This Fuchsia has lasted through the winter which I am very pleased about, it needs to be transplanted, but it is in with the seeds at the moment, and not wanting to disturb them the Fuchsia can stay here for a little bit longer!
After a total vegetable failure last year, the veg beds are having a rest this year, and following on from the good results with the seeds from Leanne, we have sown a mix of annuals in this bed, along with some Sweet Peas and Nasturtium seeds. Sweet Peas have a chequered history in this garden, for some reason hubby always weeds them out! So this year he has been given strict instructions not to touch them and I hope that having planted them by our home made wigwam support he will realise that they are NOT weeds and leave them alone!
Here you can see all of the pots that we filled up! The solar lights are just stuck in them so that they can charge up and we can work out which ones still work before I dot them around the garden.
I reported earlier in the year I think that I was disappointed that two of my pots of Daffodils had not flowered. There is a reason for that. They are not Daffodils! They are Alliums and are coming into bloom! I have a few things to plant in the flower beds so I will transplant these and they can flower to their hearts content. Hopefully they will have forgiven me for being rude about them not blooming!
So, the garden is getting ready for lots of growing activity!