Spring is finally here, and the daffodils have brought some longed for colour to the garden.
At the front of the house beside the driveway, we have an area that I call the woodland garden.
When we purchased the house it was full of brambles, following years of neglect. What we discovered when we cleared it, was a rather large area that was scattered with trees, quite shady with poor soil. It's taken a few years but now it's one of the prettiest parts of the garden, especially in Spring, when all the daffodils wave in the wind.
The front of the house has a more formal garden with lawns to either side and a central path to the front door. Originally I planted lavender either side of the path and it was spectacular. It grew so huge that you could hardly open the gate and it almost met in the middle of the path. The Postman refused to deliver the mail because there were so many bees visiting. A couple of years ago, I got a little over ambitious when pruning the lavender and killed great areas of it, so it has been replaced. I chose a miniture lavender this time, with a white flower and it's just starting to get established.
As you can see the front path is also lined with tulips. I absolutely love tulips, especially white tulips; the first place that I head for each year at Chelsea Flower Show, are the tulips in the Flower Pavilion. I am obsessed with the white tulips in the huge iron pot on the Bloms Bulbs stand.
Last year, I could resist no longer - the order form was calling out to me every time I visited the stand (quite a lot) during show week. I ordered white first, then decided I had to have black as well. When they arrived I realised that I had gone a little bit overboard, especially after the back breaking job of planting them all.
So on either side of the front path, down the driveway opposite the woodland garden and in a Chiddingstone planter or two, are black and white tulips.
Perfect neat little rows of alternate black & white / white & black, some that flower in April and some that flower in May.
I cannot wait until they come out in bloom, I am checking them everyday and today I began to see signs of colour, now for the nerve racking moment - did I get alternate colours or not?