Spring Rain in the Garden

May 7, 2020 - Andrew Cannell

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There is a palpable release of tension in the garden after a good rain has quenched parched ground.  Everything seems refreshed and an earthy, damp smell mixes intoxicatingly with floral scents.  Even birds seem to chatter more excitedly.  Petals and leaves collect water uniquely depending on their texture and structure, and this provides good photo opportunities.

Potted hosta holding beads of silvery water

The garden is racing into heady growth fuelled by sunlight and rain. Clumps of sedums are now big as beach balls and Allium ‘Summer Drummer’ somewhere between navel and nose height.  Allium ‘Silver Spring’ is beginning to flower along the east side of the winding way, and A. ‘Lucy Ball’, a new variety to us, is already showing the first signs of purple near to the café.

In the rose garden, which seems two weeks ahead of schedule, Rosa ‘Marie Pavie’ is breaking bud in swirls of raspberry ripple and ‘Mr Lincoln’, ‘Mutabilis’ and ‘Knockout’ are reaching out with purple-bronze foliage and buds. The first rose to flower was ‘Mme. Alfred Carrière’ climbing on the Coach House wall and delivering its sweet scent through the Coach House windows.

Simon and Mike are braving the rain and continuing with weeding the east bank and mulching the shrubs with bark chip.  I have planted out our sweet peas at the base of hazel obelisks.  This year we are growing a variety called ‘Mayflower 400’.