Spring in the Hill Top garden

There's always something to see in the pretty garden at Hill Top but the first flowers of spring bring special colour and detail after the long Lakes winter.

The main thrust of spring comes late to the Lake District and it is April before the first green shoots of the new season really begin to appear. By the end of the month the red Japanese quince by the house door is in bloom along with the wild primroses, lungwort, Forsythia and flowering currant. The apple trees in the paddock are full of blossom and the local bees are on pollination duty. 

The Japanese quince brings a burst of vivid colour to the front of the house
Japanese Red quince in flower over the door at Hill Top house, Cumbria
The Japanese quince brings a burst of vivid colour to the front of the house

The warm days of May bring lush green growth and an explosion of flowers. Cowslips and the strongly-scented wild garlic are in full bloom along with lilacs, violets, Welsh poppies and Aquilegias.

Towards the end of the month both white and blue wisterias produce a dazzling display, matched only by the deciduous azaleas in the border opposite the house.