Saturday, 26 April 2014

Bag End through the year: Coppice

April 2014: The Coppice is definitely a Spring garden, so much in bloom it's hard to choose what to select.  In celebration of a new macro lens, many close-ups this month:}   The hellebores have been outstanding this year and many have set seed.  Dicentra have grown nearly two feet tall in a couple of weeks.  Ferns planted barely a month ago are putting on lots of new growth.
























March 2014: February was wet and miserable and not a lot was going on. March is full of blooms and buds and the promise of a new season. The hellebores have been fabulous but the Snowdrops and Winter Aconite were not so good, perhaps they missed a proper cold spell? The comfrey is in bloom early which seems to please the few bumblebees that are around, and the primroses and cowslips are flowering their hearts out :}


Erythronium dens-canis 'Pagoda' (Dog's tooth violet)



Assorted (unnamed) Helleborus hybrids











Helleborus argutifolius





Pulmonaria



Euphorbia Redwing Charm



Symphytum (Comfrey) probably ibericum



Cowslips




January 2014:  I adore this part of the garden, especially early in the year.  Although the snowdrops and winter aconites have not yet put in an appearance we have long catkins on the hazel, a few battered primroses and the hellebores look like they are getting ready for a lovely display.














16 comments:

  1. I loved that part of the garden too ,,,, you have worked wonders :-)

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    1. Thank you Sue, and the next couple of months are probably its best time.

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  3. You have some really pretty hellebores. I have noticed this week that everything is suddenly turning green and there are fat buds everywhere I look :-) Our snowberry hedge between us and the wood surprises me every year, one day it has no sign of life, the next day, especially if there has been a shower of rain, it's green!!

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    1. It is both a blessing and a curse Jill. So much new life and the pace of growth is speeding up, and SO much work to do to catch up on all the winter jobs which got rained off.

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  4. Your spring flowers are lovely!! Alas, we expect quite a bit of die out this Spring due to the horrible winter. Between the polar vortexes and the increasing deer, I may have to plant plastic flowers.....

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    1. Plastic flowers :} Well, at least there is a chance the deer would leave them alone . . . guess you still have the problem with venison vermin?

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  5. This is a brilliant way to keep a record of progress throughout the year. Some gorgeous photographsI have been amazed by the explosion of growth here too and have been wandering around the garden with my camera too. Everything is suddenly a hundred different shades of green and seems to change hourly, especially after a shower of rain.

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    1. You're right Jill, it is almost as if things are growing as you watch!

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  6. Just on blog catchup and all those beautiful photos of your garden. Love the dicentra (I've tried them here in Oz, but nvever had any success) and the hellebores. Must plant some in this garden soon. Have you had a chance to get one of the dark ones yet? Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I have a few of the very dark hellebores (but of course, not nearly enough) and will be collecting seed in a few weeks in the hopes of increasing our collection.

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  7. I went out in the damp weather at the weekend and fed everything with organic chicken manure and the plants have just about doubled!

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    1. Jill, I've just taken delivery of some chicken poo straight out of a big shed. Stinky stuff but will be wonderful once it's rotted down.

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  8. Oh! To have a garden free of deer (and now groundhogs)!! Everything looks lovely, Jayne. I'm green with envy.

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    1. The biggest problem here is a nearby hotel which keeps peacocks. Thankfully they rarely wander as far as Bag End and should I ever see them in the garden I'll send Daisy outside. I know that neighbours suffer regular damage when the birds go through other gardens.

      And no, appealing to the hotel owners to look after their birds properly and keep them on the property is not an option .... you will have more success getting your neighbour to move that 20 year-old pile of rubbish!

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