Sunshine Bed and Larch Forest, Spring 2020

The Sunshine Bed, planted up last Spring, has come to life and really is shining in all the wonderful sunshine we have had recently. Shining despite the lack of rain this month too… I think we had one afternoon of light showers early April! (And just a few spots this afternoon)

The creamy yellow tulip is Akebono, which featured in my tulip vase last week. It is quite blousy with pretty edges that sometimes turn slightly peachy. In the background the broom has started to flower. I love having this in the garden as it grows wild in our region and is also just starting to colour the roadsides. πŸ˜ƒ In the foreground is a small Alchemilla mollis… in the Butterfly Bed the Alchemilla are much bigger already, but this bed is more exposed to the cold nights and wind. I have had lots of Narcissi in this bed too, but they are all over now. And I am very happy to see the Californian Poppies I had last summer have spread and are already forming nice clumps.

From a slightly different angle the new larch forest, planted last year, is just visible.

Last autumn I suddenly decided I wanted to plant a larch forest. How many trees make a forest? I chose seven small trees, about 1.3 meters tall, and planted them in the rain one dreary December afternoon. It was dark by the time I was done, but what a great feeling! πŸ˜ƒ

And now the beautiful fresh green of their new needles is creating a lovely focal point beyond the Sunshine Bed. My Man of Many Talents kindly mowed around it the other day…

Their spring colour is intense and yet soft, and the golden autumn colour is quite magical. Β Do you have larch trees in or near your garden?

I wonder what green you look forward to most in Spring… Larch green? Euphorbia green? Grass green?! Do share your thoughts! πŸ˜ƒ

Thanks for reading. πŸ¦‹




28 thoughts on “Sunshine Bed and Larch Forest, Spring 2020

  1. Oh your Sunshine Bed is looking most happy indeed Cathy and your forest holds oh so much promise for the future.There are sadly no larches in my vicinity. Like you we have had little rain this month but it has absolutely poured down since early afternoon and has still not stopped. The garden will be lapping it up πŸ˜„

    • Glad you have finally got some rain Anna. It is raining here too, but so lightly it is just enough to settle the pollen. Better than nothing though! πŸ˜‰

  2. By the end of winter I am looking for green of any shade and texture. Unfortunately Larches don’t grow here very good. Our summers are too hot and dry. I love Larches though. I love the soft needles and they are so sculptural sitting in the garden. Oh to have a small forest of them. Lucky lady.

  3. No laerch near here that I know of, but I often used to see them when on holiday in this country. At last we have some rain, I think we are due to have quite a lot more today, the garden will be very pleased!

  4. I’m looking forward to what goes in the center of the forest, I suspect someday something special!
    The tulips look great. They are probably quite happy with the lack of rain.

  5. I have never heard of Larch green. Maybe it does not grow here, but now that I read the comment above, I realize my daughter was quite taken with them when she was in Washington state last fall at the National Parks. She showed me photos and they were yellow. Is that the color they turn in fall?
    I like Euphorbia green myself. There is nothing here that quite compares to it.

    • Hi Cindy. Yes, a gorgeous golden yellow in autumn. They look as though they should be evergreen but do in fact drop all their needles and that is why the new growth in spring is so noticeable against our predominantly evergreen forests. πŸ˜ƒ

  6. I share your love of larch, Cathy. When we lived in Ireland I planted a mini larchwood in our field and all my cattle farming neighbours were totally disgusted at the waste of land. Would love to see them now. I hope you’ve had more rain – like us. I think my favourite green is on some tulips, the euphorbias – but most of all the young growth on box (before the caterpillars have emerged to eat it!) Your posts always make me smile!

    • πŸ™‚ Thanks Cathy. I admire your perseverance with the box trees. I hope they are spared this year! Your larchwood is no doubt beautiful now and I am pleased to say that many farmers here have a different attitude towards trees and they are valued. (Although there are strict regulations about changing fields from meadows into farming land or forestland.)

      • Oh dear, feel embarrassed in retrospect. We just bought an old farmhouse with a 2 acre field and to me, from the beginning, it was simply ‘my garden’. Nobody said anything – and our neighbours (all farmers) were just lovely. But I could tell what they thought of my ‘playing’!

  7. D > Those with schooling and expertise in these matters say that trees should always be grouped in odd numbers, with 3, 5 or 7 being the most effective groups. To my mind, a forest is a group of trees that are so numerous that they are uncountable. That’s why at first, seeing your photo, I thought the huge trees in the background were what you were referring to!

    • Well, I may add to them and they will grow into a forest one day! πŸ˜‰ The trees in the background are mostly pine, which are suffering terribly from the drought and bark beetle. Larch seem to cope better.

  8. Most of all I think it is the soft yellow green of the maples when they first start to leaf out. Larches are pretty rare here, mostly I see them at the Botanic Garden.

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