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Stars of Spring

By Patientgardener @patientgardener

Stars of SpringIt’s funny how Spring really creeps up on you and then suddenly you realise it has sprung when your back was turned.

I have had various spring bulbs flowering for some weeks now starting with snowdrops and winter aconites and leading up to the narcissus.  However, this afternoon on returning from the allotment I realised that some of my favourite plants had joined the display.  Not least the Prunus tree I inherited with the house.  I don’t know what type it is but it is always positively burdened with flowers.  Some of the branches overhang my pond and it is just a wonderful display even when the blossoms drop and fill the pond!!

Stars of Spring
My Erythronium Pagoda has bloomed which I am thrilled about as I unceremoniously dug it up last autumn and moved it to make way for a cycle store (which I still haven’t got around to putting in) when I moved it the corms broke up and I wasn’t sure if I had damaged it but they all seem to have leaves and a couple have flowers which is a real bonus.

Stars of Spring

Whilst my narcissus display started off with the big trumpet daffodils that were in the garden when we arrived, my real favourites are now opening.  I am particularly fond of the ones my Mum calls jonquils although I don’t think anyone uses this term anymore.  The one above is Cheerfulness and the scent is heavenly.  I have a large case of them in the living room and the smell is quite intoxicating.

Stars of Spring

Stars of Spring

My Bergenias are beginning to flower.  I know some people don’t like Bergenias but I think they are good value. The foliage provides a good foil to other plants all year round and depending on the variety you often get autumn colour from the leaves.  As well as this the flowers are an added bonus and really add to the spring time frothiness.

Stars of Spring

Finally there is my Amelanchier which I bought for a matter of pounds from Woolworths before they closed and is going from strength to strength.  The flowers are just so pretty and the creaminess works very well against the bronze young foliage.

From the house the garden has a sort of pointillist feel to it with lots of tiny flowers in pastels giving an overall sparkling effect – it’s quite magical

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