This has been an amazing April- the sunniest and the most colourful we have ever had at Yewbarrow House. It’s a sign of how early everything is that the Chilean Fire Tree (Embothrium coccineum) is already in bloom, as are the first paeonies and alliums. We have also made a big effort with tulips this year, which have given a lot of colour to the terraces, as well as providing cut flowers for the hotels. Tulips are brilliant in vases because they look good even when the petals are drooping.
The soil is warm enough now for sowing seed directly into the ground and this will be this week’s job, so that we can be sure of cut flowers all through the Summer.
This slideshow is of photos taken in the garden during April.