Spring has sprung

New spring growth is now very evident.  The old dark green leaves on evergreens have bright light green tips – here’s Lonicera nitida as an example showing last year’s dark green leaves to the left of my fingers and this season’s new growth to the right.

Lonicera nitida

Lonicera nitida

Deciduous plants are pushing out their gorgeous new season growth – here’s Hawthorn  as an example,

Hawthorn

Hawthorn

and another not very good photograph of new Hornbeam leaves which are like little concertinas.

Hornbeam

Hornbeam

The new growth gives a softer edge to everything – a sort of fluffy, cushioned look to what was a sharp trim last autumn.

Everything in the nursery seems to be growing before our eyes and some species are coming into flower already – here’s the lovely but little used Osmanthus x burkwoodii with its pretty white flowers and very dark green leaves – a class act!

Osmanthus x burkwoodii

Osmanthus x burkwoodii

It’s a little tender so only really suitable for England, Wales, Channel Islands and France (sorry Scotland – country of my birth!).

June

 

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