Easter may be the start of the gardening year but I hope it wasn't a sign ofthe weather to come. It got progressively colder and more miserable! As it happened, I had a few busy days lined up at QVC so I wasn't planning to do much gardening and it was just as well!
I did find time to pot on my Gaillardia Arizona Red and Arizona Apricot seedlings in the greenhouse though. I'm really looking forward to seeing how these colourful perennials perform in my trials plot and I'll know soon as they they start flowering in their first season.
I'd just got back from a visit to QVC US which was a fascinating experience. Whilst over there, I found time to visit Longwood Gardens which was simply stunning. This was my third visit and each time I'm more impressed.
The main picture shows a view through part of the huge four acre conservatory which was packed with the most astonishing range of beautifully grown plants. I especially enjoyed the hanging baskets of yellow freesias, huge pots of Peony Sarah Bernhardt and a lovely courtyard framed by window boxes filledwith over 500 white Easter lilies in full bloom.
Outside the conservatory, the spring bulbs were in full flower as were the magnificent
cherry trees. It was one of those lovely bright spring days and everything sparkled in the sunshine. If you ever get the chance to visit Longwood Gardens, near Philadelphia, please don't miss it – it's one of the finest gardens I've ever seen.
I've attached a few more photographs to whet your appetite!