There is so much happening in the garden right now. Every day it seems to have changed in some way or another. The peony is starting to show some shoots, daffodils are flowering, muscari, new green shoots all over the place! It is so wonderful to see all that is going on and happening. I could spend hours out there just wandering around marvelling at everything that is growing. How does everything know just the right time to pop up, and to keep on popping up year after year. What greater miracle could there be.
So here is what is going on in the garden this week.
Sadly though I have to start with something that isn't quite so good. I usually prune the grapevine back hard in the spring and it immediately starts to fatten up the remaining buds and soon springs into growth. So a few weeks ago I pruned back the vine.
Yesterday though I noticed that something was amiss. I don't know if you can see, but the top of this stem is all shiny and sticky looking. My grapevine is bleeding sap. There is nothing that I can do as if I cut more it will only make it worse. I hope that it will be OK. This has never happened to me before - or to the vine! Only time will tell. There is only this one branch that is bleeding sap, but I am worried that it will affect the whole plant. I will keep you posted!
Update - see below comment from Winwick Mum and follow the link she suggests, it gives more info and shows that I probably pruned too late and with hindsight, I do remember that I pruned it much later than I normally do. It should be OK though apparently! Thank you Winwick Mum!
On to more positive things though. This shot is just for Jane in Canada, she loves seeing Mr Robin!
There are so many wonderful blossoms in our garden and the neighbours. The flowering currant is wonderful - and is getting it's own post later in the week! - and the forsythia could not be bettered either.
I sometimes wish that I was brave enough to let our forsythia take over and just grow into a massive plant like our neighbours as their's is so wonderful in the spring. I don't think that I will though, as I can just enjoy this over the fence and then have more space in our garden for the rest of the year!
You can see that ours is rather smaller, but this did have a hard prune back last year and again this spring, so it will be bigger again by the end of the year I am sure!
There is a lone daffodil in the middle of the snowdrops - which have now finished - it has popped up each year, all alone, but lovely nonetheless.
The laurel that I cut back hard last autumn is growing really well, so many new shoots all over the place. It just shows that you really can cut laurel back hard and control it as you wish and then it will reward you with new shoots. Much better I think than some evergreens that you cannot keep under control.
The primroses are beautiful aren't they. The twiggy bits are the lavender hedge that is coming back to life slowly. The picture below also shows up an urgent need for more weeding...
Last year I received these anemones from Leanne and they have done well and are putting on a beautiful show of flowers again this year. The gift that keeps on giving!
Although a certain number of my tulips have not come up - I am still blaming Mr Squirrel for stealing them - there are two varieties poking their heads out. These are very odd though as the flower bud is at ground level with no stem showing. I haven't seen this before. Again, I will let you know what happens...
You are quite possibly fed up with seeing daffodil shots by now, but they are so beautiful that I just cannot resist them!
Appearing on the blog for the first time this year though are the blue muscari - grape hyacinth. These are a paler blue colour, not the very dark colour that you sometimes see. Once they have finished flowering I really must remember to divide them this year. They are rather overcrowded!
To finish some foliage. This belongs to a shrub that I have been trying to remember the name of all the time I have been writing this post and cannot for the life of me think of. If I remember I will come back and edit the post to update you. In any case it is a beautiful colour isn't it!
Update Number 2 - Five and half hours after I wrote this post I remembered the name of this shrub! It is a Spirea! Oh my poor worn out brain cells!
That is what is growing in our garden this week, but there will be more to come! I hope that you have a good week in your garden.