This week is seeing some fantastic changes in the garden and more and more plants are beginning to show off their foliage and flowers.
The Japanese Azaleas are looking particularly stunning now with their blooms covering many of the bushes and the Japanese Maples are unfurling in dramatic fashion bringing spectacular colours in to the garden.
The vivd red of the Japanese Acer Palmatum Dishojo is particularly stunning with a colour so vivid it looks as though someone has ‘Photoshopped’ it! I assure you all the photographs below have not been enhanced for colour at all!
The spectacular cherry blossoms are now looking magnificent with their white and pink petals covering the branches and hanging down as though they are reaching for attention.
The cherry blossom at our gate (Mount Fugi variety) was looking incredible last week, and has now relinquished its amazing blooms. The cherry trees in the Japanese garden, however, are now looking their best! It always amazes me how plants have the ability to surprise us, and the variety in the cherry blossom timings this year reminds me of just how varied these beautiful plants can be. With one tree looking fantastic one week and another waiting until the next week!
Our large Japanese Rhododendron is now in full flower and looking superb. This species is the largest leaf Rhododendron and is grown primarily on one island in Japan. This plant has been mentioned by several people this week and I have been instructed to start propagating! Watch this space.
I can see from my walk in the garden today that everything is beginning to look more ‘full’ with the foliage beginning to fill in some of the spaces between branches and leaves dancing on the tips of tree stems in the sunlight; looking as though they are glowing.
Within the next 4 weeks we expect the Japanese Maples to be at their peak for their Spring colour and we will keep you all updated with pictures.
Check out this weeks photos below