dead-heading the tulips

dead-heading the tulips

The wind and rain of the last week has really finished off the tulips and cherry blossom – but they have been lovely this year.  Here’s a selection of photos:

Abu Hassan

Abu Hassan

 

peppermint stick

peppermint stick

 

Red Appledoorn

Apledoorn

 

Ballerina, Doll's Minuet, Jan Reus with Euphorbia Griffithii

Ballerina, Doll’s Minuet, Jan Reus with Euphorbia Griffithii

 

Ballerina

Ballerina

 

China pink, White Triumphator, Jan Reus, Muriel

China pink, White Triumphator, Jan Reus, Muriel

 

China Pink, Muriel, Jan Reus

China Pink, Muriel, Jan Reus

 

White Triumphator, Jan Reus

White Triumphator, Jan Reus

 

White Triumphator, Ballerina

White Triumphator, Ballerina

 

Doll's Minuet with Euphorbia

Doll’s Minuet with Euphorbia

 

Doll's Minuet withGiant Quaking Grass

Doll’s Minuet with Giant Quaking Grass and Pendulous rush

 

Doll's Minuet, China Pink mix

Doll’s Minuet, China Pink mix

 

And the cherry blossom:

 

cherry blossom

cherry blossom

 

But the bluebells along the river are lovely now.

 

bluebells on our riverbank

bluebells on our riverbank

 

more bluebells...

more bluebells…

 

and there’s more water in the river than there has been for a while, hence better waterfalls on the opposite bank.

 

waterfall

waterfall

 

And the dandelions are doing really well .

 

dandelions

dandelions

 

dandelions going to seed

dandelions going to seed

 

I was congratulating myself the other day in eradicating all the dandelions from between the paving stones on the patio ( I mean to call it the ‘terrace’ – sounds more grand – but it was the ‘patio’ when I put it in 20 years ago and the name has stuck) laboriously on hands and knees with a clever be-spoke tool when daughter number two called out ‘look Mum there are two goldfinches on the path’.  Yes – they were feeding on the dandelion seed-heads.  My excuse now for welcoming dandelions into my garden.