Overall the garden is looking rather bleak with lots of winter damage on the evergreens. But if you look closely at the garden plants there are little jewel blooms starting to break free from the winter doldrums.
A lot of my blooms this month are from my container planting. Where would we be without containers especially at this time of year? Nice and cheerful to greet all the visitors and lovely to look out on from inside in the heat! You can read all about looking after containers here: Tips on having the best looking containers and hanging baskets in your neighbourhood.
The blooms in the above photo come from the Tete a Tete Daffodils, Primrose Heritage and Hamamelis Orange Beauty. A friend suggested I place the orange leafed Libertia also in the pot to draw out the colour from the centre of the heritage primroses. That would have been a lovely choice but I think that all of the orange leafed Libertia in Scotland died over the winter as so far I have not been able to source one locally. To keep the pots looking fresh I continually change the tete a tete's to fresher ones every few weeks and plant the ones that have finished flowering in the flower borders.
In other containers I have Hamamelis Diane underplanted with Primrose Spinx Apricot and Primula Wanda. You can read about my other Hamamelis here which are in flower just now too.
|Primrose Sphinx Apricot|
|Red witchhazel streamers|
In the Garden
Sadly the snowdrops in my garden need a few more days of sunshine so didn't make it into this months post. But elsewhere...
You'll notice that there are 2 types of pulmonaria in the collage - one with spots and one without spots on the leaves. The Pulmonaria 'Rubra' (without spots) is a quick growing and very early spring flowering type which is very valuable to me at this time of year as it has a great show of colour. It spreads well so its great to share with others. It has moved house 4 times with me, sadly its partner 'Blue Ensign' never survived all the moves. The other Pulmonaria (spotted) was given to me from an old garden so I am not sure what variety it is though it readily seeds all over the garden.
I have a little patch of Cyclamen 'Coum' growing in the shady part of my scree bed.
I couldn't garden in Scotland without having white erica heather in the garden along with the rose coloured one too they make a great show in early spring. I also have a tree heather starting to bloom too. You can see native heather in bloom in these photos - Carpet of the Highlands.
Buds and Blooms to come
Lots of hope and promise here
Finally............Down by the lade
Perthshire native Snowdrops are blooming, coloured catkins are dancing in the breeze and furry catkins (pussy willow) are emerging from naked stems.
|Willow cakins | Pussy Willows | Salix|
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