End of Month Review - April 2012

"April was dry.  April was very dry.  We had virtually no rain in April at all.  The ground is cracking in places and yet the garden is coping remarkably well."  The opening words from my End of Month Review for April 2011.  Well, that is certainly not the case in April 2012.  We have had rain nearly every day for the last two weeks and more.  This rain is needed, some areas have serious drought issues and there needs to be large amounts of consistent rain to restore water levels.
I often write my blog a day or so before I publish.  This is largely a time-management thing, it means I am not fretting if I want to write something but think I have not the time.  I also like blog writing on Sundays and rainy Sundays like today are perfect.  It gave me a quandary though, should I photograph the garden tomorrow when it is due to be sunny, or use rainy photographs.  Well, it was not much of a quandary, as said above April has been wet, it would be misrepresentation to use only sunny photographs.
The front garden is largely green at the moment.  The good thing about the rain is the green-lushness that it has created.
The gravel garden is looking lush too.  Everything is growing really well at the moment.
This is one of my favourite views of the garden from the house.  I see this from my conservatory window.  There are nice splodges of colour and as one of my most established borders, it is doing very well at the moment.
The poppies and cerinthe are coming on a treat.  They self-seed well and create wonderful combinations.  The tulips are working with them perfectly at the moment.
The border near the pond is quite new, mainly planted since last Autumn.  It is doing quite well aided by the annual wall flowers and the tulips in the older part of the border.
The dahlia border, which this time of year is the woad border, is coming on ok.  The woad is not yet in flower yet this time last year was full throttle.  The recent cold has really held things back.
The woodland border is a sea of forget-me-knots and is now accented with my crab apple 'Rudolph'.  This is such a beautiful tree, dark red foliage and deep pink blossom.  Can't wait for it to fruit!
I have wanted a crab apple for a while, so I am pleased that it is doing so well.
My other apple trees are also now in blossom.
The Bramley is covered in blossom and it usually is covered in apples.  I look at each flower as potential apple crumble....
In the wild garden the bluebells are now opening.
Usually I am mowing paths through the grass this time of year, but it is too wet at the moment so the paths are disappearing.  The yellow splodges are Tulipa 'Sylvestris', it is doing very well this year.
The main formal lawn is in need of a cut and this photograph does not show the rampant dandelions running amok through it.  I am not actually a 'lawn person'.  It's grass, I mow it to keep it looking reasonably neat and then every Autumn I dig more of it up.  This is now the largest stretch of actual lawn I have.  I'm thinking that it will be more path and circular bit by the end of the year.....
The prairie borders are coming on, but need more stipa tenuissima in them.  I will have to sow some more seeds.
Sam's corner is looking better.  This is the grey very shady bit between the conservatory and the utility room.  It gets sun in the late afternoon and is a bit of a useless space really.  Sam now has a few pots and a new friend.  Not sure what to call the friend, I think it should be Eric so that I have Sam'n'Eric but not quite sold on that yet.
I finish on the pond.  My pond has never been this full.
My pond overfloweth!  This is a great thing and makes me happy.  It was never full last year, I worried about it nearly all year.  The other exciting pond news is that I spotted a smooth newt in it the other day.  This made me very happy, I love that wildlife like my pond.  I have called the newt Tiny (because he is my-newt).

Thanks as ever to Helen for hosting this meme.