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Life as a nurseryman & landscaper is always busy…

Sweet Cicely - a most decorative herb

Sweet Cicily in flower

Myrrhis odorata, or Sweet Cicely is one of those herbs that happily grows in the garden despite one never really making use of it as a culinary herb.  It has I believe an anise flavour and no doubt can find can find various uses in the kitchen.

However I very happy just to enjoy its delicate foliage and flowers in the garden.



Rosa 'Canary Bird' - a real old favourite.

Rosa 'Canary Bird'

One of the earliest roses to come into flower is a real old favourite of mine - Rosa 'Canary Bird' - a soft yellow single rose with a very delicate ferny foliage.

While it isn't perfumed, it has the simple, elegant charm of the simple, single rose. Always a pleasure at this time of year.



Hostas looking really good - before the slugs and snails get to them!

Emerging hosta foliage

This year our hostas have been coming up looking particularly good - and so far pretty unblemished by the nemesis of the Hosta - slugs and snails.

I suspect this might have something to do with the very dry weather we have had for the last couple of months which cannot be to the liking of the aformentioned molluscs.

Not that we couldn't do with a couple of solid weeks of heavy rain.  If there isn't some rain soon we are potentially going to have serious problems later in the year -  assuming we don't get the usual British washout of a summer!



Simply joyous in the Spring sunshine!

Flowers of Tulip 'Princes Irene Parrot'

On a very similar vein to my last entry - what about these for sheer exuberance - Tulip 'Princess Irene Parrot' - rich orange, purple flaming and feathered edges - amazing in some sunshine on a Spring afternoon!



Intense colours of Spring

Ornamental crab apple in flower

A couple of posts ago I made some comments about the joys of strong spring colours.  In a garden I visited a couple of days back I saw this ornamental crab apple in full bloom which has the most eye catching rich deep pink blossom, in combination with deep reddish bronze foliage.

The effect was quite stunning - something which was greatly aided by it being next to the fresh greens of neighbouring trees and their new leaves. Definitely a tree that needs appropriate neighbours!



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