Spring has sprung and the garden is coming along nicely. The last couple of days have been really warm which means greening up, aphids and a big growth spurt. I took some photos the other week and thought I’d stick them on because most of the things I photographed have now passed on, and are being replaced by other gorgeousness.
The pulsatilla is lovely, and lasted quite a long time, much longer than last year. Next year I will divide it, which is my fave – two plants from one. However, a quick check of wikipedia for some info about this plant have left me frightened. Check this out: “Pasque flower is highly toxic, and produces cardiogenic toxins and oxytoxins which slow the heart in humans. Excess use can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting and convulsions, hypotension and coma. It has been used as a medicine by Native Americans for centuries. Blackfeet Indians used Pasque Flower to induce abortions and childbirth. Pulsatilla should not be taken during pregnancy nor during lactation.” ” That is just downright scary and that is only the half of it! I was a little bit pleased with the photo I have to say.
The photo of the Swingy Man is for L. I know how much she likes him! He looks quite cute at the moment with the Peris behind him in full bloom. I’m very keen on the peris, shame it doesn’t have a scent, but when it is out it really means it is spring I think, this one flowers really early. It needs a bit of a haircut actually so will give her a trim when the flowers have finished which won’t be long away actually.
Mr Swingy Man is a creation of my Dad, he sells them should you be interested in purchasing. They come as boys, girls or twins. Girls even have hair, a bit ropy the hair, but very attractive in a certain light. Want one? Sure you do, contact me and I will give you his phone number.
The final photo is of the flowering cherry. The blooms are nearly gone now and it is busy leafing up nicely. This tree has been slightly problematic, it is an upright one, but was far too upright, like it only went straight up. Looked terrible, so Dad and I have anchored down the side branches to the fence in an effort to make it spread out a bit. Not sure that this will actually help in the long term, have been driving round looking at other peoples to see what they do when they are older and generally they just grow straight up, like a poplar. Well we will see. In the meantime it has nice blossom, attracts the bees and is growing nicely, albeit straight up!