Easter Weekend, - the shops are closed, the sun is out, so it's a day for a family walk in our local bluebell woods
Luckily, we are within walking distance of a fantastic National Trust property with an amazing bluebell wood. It's the hottest driest latest Easter in my lifetime, and as we wandered in the woodland shade, I was pondering the following design points that can be taken from this kind of Nature spectacle
1) - Don't count on a particular variety of plant being out for an anniversary. - Last year it was the 11th May that the bluebells were in full bloom, - this year, it's the 24th April, and the hot dry weather has speeded up their flowering, by 3 weeks on last year. - If you take that into a garden border design you are unlikely to get the same Rose, Tulip,Geranium or Iris to be flowering at the same time every year. - A mixture of slightly different varieties of the same thing, will get you a wider flowering span.
But on the other hand
2) - One or 2 plants combined (in the bluebell woods, this was Hyacinthoides non scripta and Ferns) can look Stunning. - BUT only for a short space of time. - Think most Chelsea flower show gardens.
and to get a stunning show
3) It takes time, to create a garden, or in this case a woodland. The most stunning displays are never in the first couple of years and a garden needs to develop. The more plants you put in, the quicker it will get there, but patience is a virtue in gardening.
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