April changes

On 1 April which was the last Easter day we spent a few hours in the wood which is situated near our house. Although there were still some remnants of snow, the air wasn’t that cold and the walk was very pleasant. The only thing which made me feel a bit disturbed were traces of wild boars’ presence. They say the boars are over-abundant here. Supposedly they hide during the day and I’ve never seen any but I really wouldn’t want to run into any of them.


The scenery was calm and sleeping, resembling autumn rather than spring.


There wasn’t much to be admired but I liked the yellow lichen covering the bare branches of the tree.


And I saw snowdrops, just a few of them, they were the only flowers out.


And then the scenery changed utterly in the course of the following two weeks when I was watching the nature to wake up finally. It’s been changing so quickly that I can’t believe my eyes.

The Latin name of the flowers below is Chionodoxa forbesii. They are just about 15 cm high but when there are more of them in one place they are very prominent and beautiful.


The next flower is Arabis caucasica ‘Schneehaube’. I’ve planted it in my rock garden and it’s one of the first opening its flowers in spring.


The red leaves belong to Paeonia suffruticosa. It didn’t have any flowers last year because I had replanted it the previous winter so I hope it’s settled now and ready to enchant me.


We have a few newcomers among our trees and bushes and the one I’m thrilled about is the following Acer palmatum ‘Beni Komachi’. There are so many varieties of Acer palmatum, this one should end up as a bush about 2 metres high, having red leaves in spring and autumn. We planted it in autumn and I’m happy to see that its buds are full of life and none of its branches has died.


Forsythia in the evening light… One day there were just bare branches and two days later the bush was covered in yellowness. I can see forsythias in many gardens along the road where I drive on my way to work and they all look lovely.


The last flower I’m going to present today is Pulsatilla vulgaris. I bought two small plants last year and placed them in my rock garden. I was afraid they wouldn’t survive winter but obviously they’ve been doing very well.


I’ve read that the whole flower is poisonous and can irritate skin but it’s also used in homeopathy for various symptoms.


I was in the garden a while ago and saw that if I took new photos today, the progress would be striking. The Chionodoxa is gone, Acer has little leaves and Paeonia hides promising buds inside open leaves which don’t resemble the fresh ones in the photo at all. Such vigour is rarely seen even in spring.



  1. What gorgeous images, Petra! I especially love the one of the trees, second from the top. But all of them bring a big smile, knowing they are what YOUR eyes have seen and YOUR hands have helped coax along. I love spring!

  2. Oh, these are lovely, Petra. I love the flowers in those last two images. They have an exotic look to me, probably because I've never seen them before. Wild boars…oh my. It would not be good to encounter those on a hiking trail.

    1. Linda, thank you. The Pulsatilla flowers are very prominent and I’m amazed how quickly they settled. So many flowers in the small plant.

      They say that boars are shy and not aggressive until you run into a sow with piglets which may want to protect them by attacking you. Rarely happens but you know…

  3. Red

    Interesting how your season is much more advanced than ours. Most of our snow is gone. There is a very little green grass and now flowers at all. This is an interesting post showing all your early spring blooms. I like the one name vulgaris!

  4. After the long winter you had it seems that nature is more than ready to go! Beautiful pictures of a spring garden, Petra. My favorites are the peonies, I just love them and hope to have them in my garden one day as well. It was hard to leave my old ones behind when We moved, but I was told that they don't do well with being dug out and transplanted, so I left them. I'm not sure that was a good idea.

    1. Carola, thank you. Peonies are beautiful flowers, I have two sorts of them. The first one is the tree peony in the photo and the second one are peonies growing in form of stalks right from the ground, not as a bush. Both of the sorts I dug out and transplanted and both of them settled very well. But if you weren’t successful in the transplanting of your peonies and they would die, you might regret the try bitterly.

    1. About a week ago I posted on Facebook my own comment saying how much I regret that misinterpretation. Some people believe so easily what others say, so easily get this false picture of a country they know nothing about and even warn others not to go there because it’s dangerous. It’s so sad.

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