Years ago, I had an annual ritual of going round the garden counting all the flowers which were out on Shakespeare’s birthday. I had a bigger garden then and more interesting plants. The list was a useful record and showed just how different seasons can be from year to year. I thought I’d do it again now, for my own benefit. Naturally, instead of walking round the garden with a notebook like a sensible person, I walked round the garden and then played Kim’s Game, so I’m bound to have missed something. I didn’t take photos; the ones I’ve used are from previous years.
Lily of the Valley
Stitchwort (a wild flower or a weed, depending on your POV)
Yellow violas in a trough
Narcissus ‘Sun Disc’ in a trough (recommended variety)
Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’
Aquilegia ‘Winky Wooh’
Pink aquilegias with no name
Euphorbia ‘Black Pearl’
Dark red tree peony
Geranium sanguineum ‘Pink Pouffe’
Cistus ‘Grayswood Pink’
Osteospermum ‘Lady Leitrim’
large blue Periwinkle
In wildlife news, I saw a goldfinch in the garden this morning, which is a rare sight. Ironically, yesterday I pruned or removed plants of Verbena bonariensis. I leave it late because if I’m lucky, goldfinches will flock to eat the seeds. This year, they didn’t.