Shrubs to prune
Spirea (Bridal Wreath variety), Snowberry Bush (Symphoricarpos), Dogwood (Cornus) I'm a bit late with this one
Annuals to plant out, this has been a bit more difficult, because the leaves on the bulbs have not died down properly yet. So I am planting my annuals as the leaves fade. I still have to try to keep the old bulb foliage tidy though. I decided that I would try to tidy the bulb foliage as much as possible. I also removed some of the Forget Me Nots that were becoming a bit mildewy and replaced them with annuals. This was more in the front garden than the back. I interspersed Pelargoniums (Geraniums) taken from cuttings last year with HHA Asters.
The garden is really getting into its stride now, the spring flowers are fading, Tulips need to be deadheaded and the summer flowers are beginning. All my roses have big fat buds on them, the Geraniums are beginning to flower
and the Aquligias,
The Californian Lilac (Ceanothus) and Geums are in flower. I also have one beautiful Iris in flower. This Iris is 7 years old. It did not flower last year, my fault, I know that Iris benefit from being divided every approx 4 years and I had not done it in 2011, so I did it last year. As you can see It worked.
|Yellow Iris you can just see the Geum in the background|
|Tulips on the 6 May 2013|
|My strawberries are currently in flower|
and last but by no mean least I have a large Broom (Genistia) in the front garden, for 11 months of the year this shrub is at best a good screen but for the last week or so this is what lights up my end of the street, like fireworks.