A Japanese anenome shelters beneath Pieris Japonica Variegata
Dogwood Sibirica Westonbirt in new bud
Forsythia brightens a border
With the gentle warming of soil and air, with fresh new buds appearing on trees and
shrubs, nature gently prods plants out of their winter dormancy, and prepares for
another period of abundant growth in the warmth of a new season. The worst of the
winter frosts and snow have, hopefully at least, left us behind.
The first signs of Springtime in the Japanese Garden come from the flowers of the
Cherry Blossom, with the pinks, whites and reds announcing the end of winter. In
Japan itself, this is a period of rejoicing, and Cherry Blossom festivals are held
to welcome in the new season.
In the pond, the ice of winter has disappeared, and the many fish begin to make their
appearance, enjoying the warming of the water, and the appearance of the many insects
and larvae which make up their diet. The frogspawn slowly transforms itself into
tiny tadpoles. The heron begins to make more regular appearances at the waters edge
in search of an early breakfast or later evening meal.
Alongside the pond, the deep blue, and the white, pom pom, or drumstick, primulas
(denticulata) are in flower. The candleabra primulas are announcing their later
arrival, the fresh new shoots of the various Japanese Iris start to show, the crocosmias,
Harvest Lily, and Lucifer are almost jumping out of the ground, as everything takes
on its new lease of life.
The Japanese Maples show their first buds, the hostas start to peek through the soil,
and even the Giant Gunnera shows signs that it is anxious to again make an appearance.
The early rhododendron's flowerbuds open in magnificent shades of pink and red.
The yellow glow of forsythia brightens the borders........
This is the time of year when the more tender plants can be carefully exposed to
the elements. Tasmanian Tree Ferns which have been protected during the winter by
their dying fronds and bubblewrap, breathe a sigh of relief as they are once again
shown the light of day. Now they can make their way in the world once again.
The April showers will soon be a thing of the past. As May approaches the later
rhododendrons and azealeas add a little colour, the palmatums take on new leaf in
their greens yellows and reds, the dogwood, Sibirica Westonbirt sprouts fine new
pink shoots, the new red leaf of Photonia Red Robin, the stunning pink red leaves
of Pieris Japonica (Forest Flame), Cotinus, Kerria Japonica, the list is endless...........
Soon the first swallows will appear, as they return from their long winter sojourn.
The song of the Cuckoo can be heard in the stillness of the evening air.
Springtime has arrived. Summer beckons. Another Winter has passed into history.