4. April Days


The woods, looking magical with wild onion, bluebell and forget me not in flower.  The tree canopy is coming in but is not yet complete.  28 April 2019.

Wood violet are still in flower.

Hyacinth have now faded, and many daffodil are also finished – with a few late arrivals coming into flower.

In the back patch railway path beds the wild garlic are in flower.

The large cherry tree in the back patch bloomed early April, and the smaller cherry tree in the bottom garden flat came into flower about a week later.

The struggling camelia bush in the back patch is also coming into flower – first arrivals showed up 31 March 2019.  We plan to fertilise the camelia properly to see if we can get it back to health.

Some back patch yellow calendula are in flower – as are the calendula growing in the meadow area of the woods.


Bearded iris in flower, late April 2019.

My gardening notes state that iris flower in May, but these have come into flower in the last week of April.  Glorious!  The flower spears stand taller than the metal railings.  Almost as tall as me.

The blooms are quite short-lived, lasting a few days only.  But when blooming they are magnificent.   A glorious counter-point to the bleak brick & metal mesh wall of the railway path.

I should divide this clump later in the summer, once flowering stops – would be lovely to have a complementary clump of iris elsewhere along the railway path perennial flower bed.  Things are already crowded, but I can transplant some of the crocosmia from the existing bed (and move to the woods’ meadow area), to make room for more iris farther down the patch.