One of the many great things about gardening at this time of year is the anticipation of the glorious displays to come. There is so much potential energy around and you can feel it building in the noise levels (insects, birds, kids) and colour range (from brown/white to rainbows). Spring has burst with explosive force and drama and I am grateful for it after those long grey winter weeks. There’s plenty of work to be done, but it is absolutely worth pausing now, perhaps with a cup of tea or coffee and taking a close look at the buds developing, before the flowers open.
Behind all the frantic activity, you will notice a wide range of plants in the background building up ready for the next wave of flowering spikes and umbels etc. But even before they deliver that ultimate show, they are already works of art; beautifully patterned and complex. Here are some of my current favourite amazing packages. The translucent flames hiding Asphodeline’s fragrant yellow flowers:
The prickly wrappings to those clear blue stars of the Borage flower:
The papery tents containing the Honey lily’s nodding umbels:
The spiralling, clustered nibs of Hollyhock:
And finally, a classic unfurling fern:
Do you have a favourite bud?