If you’re looking for some inspiration as to what to grow in your garden this April I’ve picked out a few of my favourites that are blooming this weekend for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. April is a month that can have its surprises and our record breaking temperatures in March didn’t last. There was a dramatic turnaround just like my wardrobe and out came the hat, scarf and gloves.We woke up to snow and minus figures on the thermometer that would make any gardener cringe at this time of year. Vengeance took its toil on many of the flowers as they battled with the snow, heavy frosts and then those April showers…………of hail!
The winning plants for encouraging the wildlife these past few weeks have been:
- The old cottage garden Pulmonaria officinalis and the amazing aerodynamic bee-flies.
- The nectar rich Lathyrus vernus which the bees have been drooling over as you’ll see in the middle collage picture below (middle collage photo taken last week but flowers still in bloom today).
|Photograph taken just after 7am last week.|
But wait … we can’t forget about all the wonderful foliage that’s starting to emerge. You don’t have to wait until autumn to see the gold, russet, orange and pink colours when these are grown in the garden ………
|Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’|
|Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’|
with the most impressive just now being the Sobaria with its fresh pink feathery leaves.
|Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem” shot at f1.8|