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Spring is on the horizon and about time too

April 6, 2013

Well it’s been a long time coming but there are indications the thaw has begun. The Daffodils have made an appearance and in the West Garden the  new spring beds planted with Tulips are showing positive signs of providing us with some vibrant colour for May.

If you have ventured out into your own gardens and bemoaned the lack of colour that one might expect this time of year fret not there is a plant that may just rescue the situation.

Erysimum (Common name: Wallflower) is part of the the Brassicaceae family. It is evergreen and bears it’s flowers for between 6 to 10 months of the year. Better still the blooms are scented,  profuse and being fully hardy it copes easily with our unpredictable  sometimes harsh weather. All round this plant makes a fine addition to any garden and the bees and butterflies will thank you for it too. Why not give it a try in your planting scheme this year?

Erysimum - Bowles's Mauve

Erysimum – Bowles’s Mauve

The first signs of spring appear on the main drive

The first signs of spring appear on the main drive

Spring beds in the West Garden full of Tulip
Spring beds in the West Garden full of Tulip – ‘Daydream’
Tulip - 'Daydream' in it's full glory between April and May

Tulip – ‘Daydream’ in it’s full glory between April and May

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