This post, by suggestion of Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog, is a fine example of what a difference a few weeks can make in the spring garden. Just compare these two photos, taken on Thursday, April 4, and today, Tuesday, April 30.
I have to admit, however, all the credit goes to Mother Nature. I’ve been so busy in the past month, you can see I haven’t even managed to blow away the catkins falling from the oak trees.
Of special note are the growing bloom stalks of the Acanthus ‘Summer Beauty’, with the tallest standing roughly two-thirds of their mature height of six feet. A few among the two dozen spikes are just beginning to display a peek of white flower under a blushing hood.
New foliage on the autumn fern and fatsia are also worth admiring. And lucky for me, and any visitor who drops by in May, each tip of the Confederate jasmine holds the promise of flowers that will soon perfume the garden with their spicy, sweet scent.