Happy April! I can't believe this year is flying by so quickly!
Had a quick mooch around the garden this afternoon and am so thrilled with how some of our plants are coming along. Just look!
I'm absolutely beaming about my bleeding hearts having come back so well. It's the first time I've grown them, and when they died down for Winter, I was so worried they wouldn't come back. But a few weeks ago I noticed some shoots, and the plant is already flowering like mad! It adds such a gorgeous splash of colour, to what otherwise is a pretty dark and dreary corner under our camillia bush. Speaking of which, look top right and check out one of the beefy blooms we have on that at the moment! Our camillia never fails to impress me each year (the only annoyance is all the petals it throws everywhere when it's done flowering!). Surprise of the day is an appearance made by my snakes head fritillary! I thought this plant had died after I transplanted it to the "wild" garden, as it didn't show it's face last year. Low and behold, there it is! I adore these flowers - they're so unusual. Definitely going to buy some more fritillary plants now that I know they do ok up there. And last, but not least, our plum tree has started blossoming. There is something so gorgeous about fruit tree blossoms! I'm impressed that the camera on my phone picked up the detail here, actually!
So everything is coming along swimmingly! Dave mowed the lawn for the first time of the year last weekend, so that is looking loads better as well (though he did nearly chop his toes off in doing so!). The weather is improving each week and I'm loving being able to sit out in the garden with my books again.
Speaking of books, I am way behind with my 2017 reading challenge! It started so well, but then I got distracted with making my bunting, and lost the thread of what I was reading. However, I am now finding a bit more time for reading so will hopefully manage to catch up with my challenge again. Currently open on my kindle is The Book Thief, which I am about 50% of the way through at the moment. I didn't really enjoy the start, which is why I think I have put it down a lot, but it's definitely grown on me. Not sure what will be next on my list (perhaps an actual physical book?) but I'm hoping I get my reading mojo back soon.
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend, and a good start to April! My brother is coming over for breakfast in the morning, so I'm looking forward to seeing him. Then some more chilling out - I've been stressing over Kirsty's hen do (which is next weekend - aaaaahhhh) so I really need some quiet "me time". Also hoping to have another BBQ tomorrow afternoon, with some luck!