Even in a mild climate like mine, the first real stirrings of spring are always exciting. With heavy rain in the Sydney region over the last two weeks, the morning frosts have waned and the garden is really starting to embrace the change of season.
The first of the Dutch crocus that I planted in autumn are starting to sprout. The royal blue looks quite lovely against the Muscari which is starting to sprout many more flowers:
There are also white Dutch crocus, but these have yet to send up any flower spikes….the aim is to get these bulbs to naturalise through the bed for a repeat display.
Further along the bed, the Ipheion (spring star) are putting on a nice show beneath the red-twigged dogwood:
The little plot of bargain daffodil bulbs is powering along. A nice cream one has emerged:
This was the same area back in April, after I cleared the huge amount of Jasmine and Ivy:
But it’s not just the bulbs. The Kurume Azalea (to the right of the photo above) that took a fair beating in getting all of the vines removed from it has also started to flower. It is nothing spectacular, but it is an encouraging sign. More importantly, there is now new growth at the base of the plant which means the gaps will be filled within a few seasons. When the weather warms up it will need a haircut to try and bring some shape back to the crown, but for now….:
On the subject of plants that have been cut unkindly, the patio rose that I hacked to pieces is looking very healthy with a lot of new growth from the base:
This was the same rose in the middle of June, two weeks after I hacked it (roots and all) and transplanted it:
The Pieris japonica is still flowering beautifully:
This display has been well over 6 weeks already and shows no signs of abating. Here it is in the post from last month (28 July):
Even the little cutting I took of the plant at the beginning of summer has flowered: