April is the month for blossom, tulips and showers - aplenty!
My garden is full of cherry, apple, crab apple and plum blossom and exotic tulips. Also strutting their stuff are different kinds of Euphorbias with Euphorbia polychroma being the brightest star. There is a place in every garden for a Euphorbia - many of them have bright citrus green flowers with good leaves all year round. The bigger types add good structure.
The shadier parts of the garden are brightened with the now fading flowers of Hellebores, graceful Solomon's seal, bergenias and the last of the pulmonarias. Hosta 'noses' are just emerging.
I have just planted Malus 'Royalty' - my nod to the year that it is! Sumptious shiny dark red foliage with sultry raspberry red blossom. It is a stunning tree which has actually been around since that other Royal occasion in the 1950's!
Last week-end the sun shone and it felt like the whole gardening world descended on Gullane in East Lothian - my home village! Ten gardens, of diverse size and style, had bravely volunteered to open under Scotland's Garden Scheme.
June is always a busy time for garden designers. However the first half of this June seems to have been particularly busy!
A garden for respite