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A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary

This entry: 14 April 2011 by Diane Clement

Diary Entry No 41 - April in the garden

The days are getting longer, but time is short due to various commitments, so I thought I would just take a walk round the garden with the camera and let the pictures speak for themselves.

Rhododendron 'Blue Tit'

Woodland bed

Erythronium californicum 'White Beauty'

Erythronium revolutum 'Knightshayes'

Erythronium californicum and revolutum

continuing down the woodland border

Rhododendron 'Scotian Bells'

Rhododendron hippophaeoides

Primula denticulata

Uvularia grandiflora

Anemone x lipsiensis

Hylomecon japonica

in the tufa garden, Saxifraga eudoxiana looking splendid

Tulipa 'Cantata' and Fritillaria meleagris Alba

I have been growing Hermodactylis tuberosa for many years.  It has spread into three patches of grassy leaves and rarely flowers.  As is claimed to be not particulary hardy, and needing a hot summer to induce flowering, I had almost given up.  But here it is, and for the record, the only times it has flowered with me have each been after a very hard winter.  Many people would say "why bother" for a greeny black flower, but I rather like it.

 

And to finish, a tale of Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'.  Here's the story so far,

 

 

March 29 - First shoots         April 3 - Shoots developing fast

 

April 6 - Full glory      

Apr 12 - Petals dropping fast and leaves developing

And even more fleeting with its very delicate charm is the single version of Sanguinaria. 

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