Spring forward into spring

Nymans magnolia soulangeana

As a gardener it is an exciting time spying on the rapid efforts of plants emerging from grass or bare soil, revealing such fresh, perfectly untouched foliage and clean colours that hail the start of the season.

Rock Garden

The acceleration of spring may be quieter and subtler in the rock garden than in the rest of the garden, but will hasten in the next couple of weeks. Sometimes the freshness of the unfurling leaves, surrounded by the remnants of last year’s foliage can be just as satisfying as any flower.

To me, one of the perks of the job is the garden first thing in the morning; the moist air in tandem with the light over the rock garden, makes Nymans a very special place to work.

Here are a few delights discovered in the rock garden:

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'
Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'

The parent, Prunus incisa, commonly known as Fuji cherry, originates on volcanic slopes of Mount Fuji. P. incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ is a slow growing, compact, early flowering cherry with twisted stems acting as if contorted by the portly buds.

Stunning purple Iris reticulata
Stunning purple Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

These early flowering small, delicate irises are so called because of the fibrous netting surrounding the bulb. Don’t let the fine flowers fool you about this hardy little plant.

Myrsine Africana at Nymans
Myrsine Africana at Nymans

Myrsine africana

A small, slow growing shrub from Africa and Asia, with tiny ruby red jewels peppering the stem, highlighted by the waxy green leaves. 

The rock garden has been closed over winter, but will be open again on Monday 10th April.