Out in the field the little orchard is beginning to fill. The native daffodils have been flowering away for about three weeks and now the Thalia are coming to join them.
Down on the native tree walk, the snowdrops are finished but more have been planted in the green. I have put in winter aconites as well and the bed is being doubled in size to accommodate another witch hazel (Pallida), a Daphne Bholua (Jacqueline Postill), and an eleagnus for an evergreen "stop" to the border. Still to go in are a viburnum farreri and another dogwood, Cornus sanguineus Midwinter Fire to balance the two which you can see in the foreground of this picture. There are two hollies in here already and I think that another one will complete the shrubs and trees. It is a big area and at the moment there is a lot of bare soil. It is a bit of a leap of faith, planting trees and shrubs and holding the picture in your head when your eyes show you twiggy sticks and acres of soil, broken by the odd snowdrop and the inevitable creeping buttercup. When the shrubs are all in I shall move loads of self sown forget me nots, alchemilla mollis and the wilder ground cover geraniums and see if that makes it all feel more furnished.
I can't show you the kitchen garden as blogger seems not to want to upload any more photos right now so I will come back to it in a day or so. This is the tidy time for the kitchen garden although more and more weeds are sneaking in. I have broad beans planted out now and about half of the onion sets. I need to sow salad stuff in the greenhouse and get started on peas and beans.
Whenever I go out I am assailed on all sides by things to do. I know this happens every year in April and May and I feel almost overwhelmed by it all. Doing this end of month view and writing this blog has been surprisingly soothing. After a snatched hour in the garden this afternoon I was full of what needs to be done. Reading this I am reminded of what we have done and of what is already happening, and what will happen whether I do it or not! The next month will see an explosion of growth, both on this side of the hedges and out there on the other! The whole of the countryside is fountaining with life around me.