The Old Rectory


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By roses382, Apr 14 2017 03:47PM

The warm sunny weather has meant the tulips have been beautiful this year. There is something magical about how the flower transforms when lit by the sun. It does mean they won't last quite as long, but ephemeral beauty is all the more potent for it's brevity. My current favourite at the moment is the one below, appropriately named 'Adore'.

I always forget how lovely April is until it comes around again. The orchard is glorious at the moment, with apple and pear blossom in abundance, the Magnolia 'Genie' adding a deeper note. Elsewhere there are double Primroses, Camellias, and Anemone Blanda, my favourite 'Robinsoniana' now making a nice clump. The delicate looking Erythronium 'Pagoda' rises out of a sea of Brunnera, there are also hundreds of Narcissus still blooming, mainly 'Cheerfulness' and 'Yellow Cheerfulness', with the Pheasant's Eye's still to come. We seem ahead this year. Already there are buds about to break on some of the roses in sheltered parts of the garden. A few of the bearded Irises have buds forming. The scent of Coronilla glauca 'Citrina' wafts across the garden, it has been flowering well this winter and just keeps going. I intend to prune it soon as it is getting a bit leggy, but will wait for it to stop flowering.

I often think it would be nice to open the garden at this time of year if I could just keep up with the growth of the weeds....

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