You have seen numerous photos, close up, macro - of plants and flowers in my garden.
You have not yet seen my garden as a whole. Well, to be honest, it just starts to get into shape again. Because of the many perennials which sleep in the cold times, the garden looks awwwwful in Winter and early Spring - but now... this is an entirely different story. Each day an other "theatre" opens - now the Azalaeas and Rhododendrons spread out their unbelievable colors - in June it will be a celebration of the Rose....
Come along for some views please.....the pictures were taken on a later afternoon a few days ago.
We start our stroll at the patio, which is surrounded by (soon blooming) roses as Guinée, New Dawn and some David Austen Roses in Whiskey and Yellow shades... together with a bed of Lavendar, Rosemary, Salvia and other fragrant herbs, interspered with lots of Lady's Mantle.
Now we step down the "hill" to the Azalea bed - which grew one into the other in the last 25 years.
They all started out as tiny plants in tiny pots... and to get to the stone bench is not as easy as it was. On the other side the Johannisbeeren ( Gooseberries ?) start to be visible already - and the Plum tree does not have any plums, as always. But it is gorgeous in Spring with all the flowers.
There now is my little retreat - the corner behind the Broom.
Still there are the gazillions of Bear's Garlic - but they are wilting now, their time is over. You can see the "Pond" from there - still in a rather desolate state but soon brimmed with Daylilies and Hosta galore.
You can see the Lilac "forest" from here as well as the lovely red Hawthorn tree which was created from a single branch which I "asked" to get roots when I had it in a vase... it became tiny roots and I planted it close to the pond 10 years ago, cut away all stray branches and formet the "tree"... It is cut each Autumn, so it will not get too large...
This trunk now is what was left by a huuuge Scot's Pine which became too high and too close to the house with the roots. We had to have it cut, sadly for safety reasons. I am still sad about it - it was a piece of forest in my garden, with lots of birds and squirrels living in it.
To mimick the dead pole I planted different kinds of Ivy and a botanical Clematis . At the right side is a rambling rose : Himalaya Morning - it will flower with an abundance of white tiny roses in a few weeks ( if I am lucky round the 12th of June perhaps ....) At the feet of the old tree there is a bed of ivys interspered with lots of fern - and soon an assortment of blue and light-blue Hydrangeas will be planted.
Now we are back to the patio - the sun still shines into "my" corner there !