Here are so photographs that we took this Spring here in the Moosbach Garden, the flowers were most welcome after what seemed like a very long and a very snowy winter.
This pink tree peony is just absolutely stunning, it’s still a small tree but rewarded us with 5 beautiful blooms. Remember, you should never cut tree peonies back and must be treated very differently to perennial peonies which you can cut back in Autumn. You can grow your own peonies from seed, both the perennial and tree varieties but remember that you must expose the seeds to 3 months cold weather by leaving them planted outside overwinter or by placing in the fridge. I’ve found that they are very much like magnolia seeds in the fact that one year is good and the next year not so good with germination rates. Also keep in mind that if you have different varieties of peonies that they will cross pollinate and may not come true to the parent plant.
Apple blossom, this year has been good for fruit blossom and we have a bumper crop of apples, pears, cherries and peaches but anything can happen as it is a long way to harvest time.
We picked up this ornamental blossom shrub at a small garden centre in Lago Maggiore in Italy.
This, in our opinion, is a ‘must have’ plant for any garden, this is viburnum carlesii aurora and it has been covered in fragrant blooms and the scent seems to drift to every corner of the garden. There are, of course, a whole range of fragrant viburnums that you can choose and it’s all a matter of personal taste.
We simply love filled, scented lilacs here in the Moosbach Garden and this year we’ve bought 8 new varieties from Flieder Traum, click here to see their website. If you like white lilac we would recommend Souvenir d’ Alice Harding.
Directly above is Magnolia Joli PomPon, it had a little bit of frost damage but this is always the risk with magnolia trees. We are hoping that our 140 magnolia trees are starting to find their feet or roots and start the reward us with more flowers next year.
This is the pink tree Peony which came from Italy. Tree peonies do need a littel space, they can grow up to 2 Metres tall and wide but if you have the space they create a fantastic focal point in the garden for a few weeks before the roses start flowering.
We bought this tree peony 4 years ago and this year it rewarded us with 10 blooms.
Update on the deer situation……
We are pleased to announce that the electric fence that we erected last year has successfully kept the deer out of the garden and all of the plants are growing strongly now that they are not being eaten by the deer.