Secrets and Surprises

It’s that time of the year when the garden is starting to reveal its secrets.

I say “secrets”, but, really, it’s plants that I’d forgotten about, or assumed had died during the winter. (I placed sticks where the perennials were planted, but still missed a lot of them.)

Here’s a lily, starting to push through the soil. I can’t remember what it’s called, but it has enormous, deep-red blooms.

The hostas are coming on, too. Here’s Empress Wu – a real monster! She spent a couple of years sulking, but is starting to make real strides.

This makes me happy – fresh green growth from Musa Basjoo. I was concerned that the cold weather had knocked it back, but the stem seems to have made it through.

And look here – T-Rex, with fresh new growth. Still a pup, and frosted to the ground, but making good progress.

One disappointment – the eucalyptus isn’t doing so well. Is it sulking? Underwatered? I’m not sure, but it’s worrying. I’ll have to keep an eye on it.

Almost time to harden off the dahlias, colocasias and cannas, before planting out. Then, the party really starts! Lets’s hope for no surprise late frosts…

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