This is not my garden gate unfortunately, but one I noticed while out walking in the countryside this month. It immediately reminded me of the children's book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Having shown you a glimpse of the garden I had to show you what was behind the door, didn't I! The blue flowers were Camassia. I have never seen them planted in this way before.
Back into my garden and the borders are full of spring flowers. The mix of tulips I bought from Sarah Raven - this is the third year they have reappeared.
This is a perennial honesty plant Lunaria rediviva we bought from East Lambrook Gardens two years ago it has been very feeble until this year when it has created quite a show.
Tavi posing amongst the forget me not and the annual hop plant!
The leaves on the grape vine on the pergola has just started to open. We have had a cold snap this week and vineyards in France and England have tried to protect the vines by lighting up candles hopefully it worked and the crop will survive and produce a good crop later in the year. Luckily living by the sea it is milder and we don't have to revert to such drastic measures.
Favourite plants of the month include Aquilegia (Granny's bonnets) and Euphorbia Wulfenii , the pink blossom from the step-over apple cordon. Geraniums feature strongly in the garden, one of the first to appear is the small purple flower at the front is know as Mourning Widow or Geranium phaeum.
The white honesty is still flowering in profusion - and Tavi has got into the picture again, at least he was looking quite white for a change!
There is more white honesty in the cutting garden .....
and displayed in the home too!
The fruit border is also full of promise and the green house is full of seeds, dahlias and tomato plants. Looking back at last months post it is amazing to see how the plants have come on. Today we have seen some rain, the first for about five weeks. It was a welcome sight as our three water barrels ran dry towards the end of the week and it was even enjoyable to sit tin the conservatory and listen and watch the rain!
What is your favourite plant in your garden at the moment?
If you would like to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site. Those participating this month so far are :-