The weather has been awful but things are still growing and flowering here at Delargo Towers. April was the sunniest on record. This one is a wash-out. Hey ho.
Things looked promising earlier in the month and the pear was covered in blossom.
The Tulips and Narcissi put on a good show.
...and the poor little beleaguered Snake's Head Fritillary flowered, despite slugs and cats.
Lilies just showing:
That was the beginning of April. By the last week, with no shortage of water, things have moved on.
Wallflowers are looking jolly and the Canterbury Bells are sending up their flower spikes.
Our herb collection is coming on; so far I have rescued Rosemary, Basil, Thyme and Chives from Sainsburys. The trick is to pot them on straight away - as they are just jammed into the pot with next to no compost, they are designed to die an early death. How cruel!
We are so pleased with the Delphiniums we planted from seed last year. They are doing really well, as is the Verbena which survived the winter and has given us several cuttings.
You can just see the native Bluebells in our "wild corner" at the back with yellow Fumitory and Herb Robert (presents from the birds and the wind). Some self-sown Borage will be transplanted there soon too.
The window boxes are ready and waiting to take position but its far to bleak out the front to put them out yet.
This year everyone is talking about 'grow your own' and we too will be doing a little of just that. Along with herbs we have a strawberry and a tomato and plan to sow rocket and salad stuff in our new plastic "raised bed".
Oh, and have a look at the pot of Lilium Regale and compare it to the photo further up - not bad growth for a couple of weeks.
First flowering of Streptocarpus 'Spirit' and 'Harlequin'.
Roll on May even if the forecast is still dreadful. Fingers crossed for some sun!