It's been very pleasant recently. Dry, comparatively warm (this is spring in England!), and generally sunny. So the plants are responding. My Fuchsias and French lavender are in bud; Dicentra spectabiis and my Spanish bluebells have just opened their first flowers; Scilla peruviana should open the first flowers in a day or two to produce tight spheres of blue; the camellias, though past their peak, are still in flower; yellow and pink primroses are abundant; even my Magnolia 'Raspberry Ice' still has a few flowers hiding among the emerging foliage.
So, what's looking at it's best?
One feature plant that enjoys a few brief weeks of glory at this time of year is the fastigiate flowering cherry, Prunus 'Amanogawa'. It's very difficult to photograph. At about 30ft / 9m in height it dominates the rear garden and it's hard to get an angle that includes the tree without including all the surroundings. In the end I put the camera with 28mm lens on the tripod, pointed it up and took this snap of the cherry towering into the sky.
|Prunus 'Amanogawa' - looking up into the upright canopy|
|Prunus 'Amanogawa' flowers|
|Camellia japonica 'Magnoliaeflora'|
|Epimedium wushanense 'Caramel'|
The wood anemones, varieties of Anemone nemorosa in the front garden seem to spring from nowhere to flowering in a few brief days at this time of year. I've illustrated the species and its varieties before so won't repeat myself but I have finally got a decent shot of the hybrid between A.nemorosa and A.ranunculoides, Anemone x lipsiensis, so I'll use that to illustrate the tribe.
|Anemone x lipsiensis|
|Pieris japonica 'Flaming Silver'|
|Akebia quinate showing larger female and smaller male flowers|
|Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'|
|Hebe macrocarpa var latisepala|