28-04-08

What is blooming in our garden at the end of April

    
  
 Lunaria annua catches the eye at our first pond
A lot of euphorbias are blooming at this moment : euphorbia characias Wulfenii "Lambrook Gold", euphorbia cyparissias and euphorbia polychroma 
  
 
 Drifts of blue and white hyacinths , helleborus argustifolius and euphorbia amygdaloides

Close-up white hyacinth

 

This rhododendron "Elizabeth" is massed each spring with beautiful rich red trumpet flowers .  These flowers will delight the eye for weeks on end. All rhododendrons are best suited to acidic soil and they prefer partial shade.

Close-up
 

 Darmera peltata (umbrella plant).  Its pink sprays of flowers are followed by large round leaves, colouring well in autumn