Early evening on the Grand Canal (Baggot St behind me) 

It's sunny! Finally! After a late winter cold snap followed by a couple weeks of grey and rain....we have sun and blue skies in Dublin and it is absolutely majestic.  There is no place like Ireland when the sun's out.  Costa del Dublin and all that.

Due to the late freezing weather, the garden is a couple weeks behind.  The white cherry blossom tree in the back garden has just exploded into full blossom and it is glorious.  The pink sakura in the front garden is nearly there.

White sakura

The first and second tulips are out, the final tulips getting ready to bloom.  I didn't do it intentionally, but if you can stagger the bloom time of the tulips in your garden, it definitely prolongs the season.  They don't last very long once they've opened.

1st tulips in the back garden (these tulips have been in the soil as is for 5 seasons). 
2nd tulips - red & yellow in the front garden boundary (these tulips have been in the soil as is for 5 seasons, survived a move and before that were in pots for 4 seasons)
Dark purple/black tulips ("Black Parrot) about to bloom. 

I don't bring up the bulbs every year and replant, the tulips stay in the ground all year round and I've had a very good experience with this.

Seeds planted directly into soil
Back garden veg beds are seeded!

I have seeded all the veg beds and the weather has been brilliant so hopefully the first seedlings will do well and be poking out shortly.  This year I've planted mixed lettuce, tomatoes, sweetcorn, peas, sunflowers, artichokes, rainbow beets, rainbow carrots, courgettes, neeps and leeks.

Freshly picked over-wintered cabbage and kale

This past week also saw the last of the over-wintered cabbage and kale being harvested.  Cabbage and kale overwinter so well that once the peas are done (late june), I'm going to add organic sea weed fertiliser to boost the soil and then plant veg that should overwinter really well (spring onions, leeks, cabbage and kale).

Peonies and alliums are growing by the minute

The peonies, alliums and rose bushes have all taken off and are growing by the minute (these get cut back, hard, every autumn).  Unlike last year and perhaps because of the late freezing weather, there aren't as many greenfly in the garden, which is great.  Last year the roses were overrun and it became nearly impossible to keep the infestation under control, it did so much damage to new growth.  

I'm keen to see how the new-ish plants do this year.  The bleeding hearts are doing well and getting ready to bloom.  I don't see any growth on the chinese lanterns, but as they're a late bloomer, I'm hopeful to see some growth by June.  Fingers crossed and all that! I added loads of new plants last year that should be good for Autumn colour - autumn aster, chinese lanterns, blackeyed susans, agapanthus, and verbena rigida.

Late Spring in the garden is a really special time because there's so much potential and there's so much change going on day by day. Once you get all the big jobs out of the way, its just a question of sitting back, keeping up with the maintenance work and watching the garden unfold in front of you.



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