February’s bonanza GBBD.

Normally I take my photos for bloom Day on the previous day, but yesterday we had non stop torrential rain of biblical proportions, I was almost ordering my ark! Thank goodness today is dry and sunny so I was able to get out to find my flowers, even though the ground was very squelchy! Would you like to come for a walk with me and see what we can find.

We can start in thr front by the drive where there are some hellebores.

Red stemmed Cornus contrasting with the wild snowdrops at the back of the border.

I must dig some of these clumps up and spread them about to make more of a drift.

The primroses are all looking a bit sodden with all the rain.

Iris reticulata in the tin bath are hanging on, the ones planted in the garden finished a while ago.

Wild doubles in the bed by the back door are spreading all by themselves.

In the same bed is G. George Elwes, he doesn’t often open up to show us the green inner tube, so I made the most of the opportunity.

Double Primula Jack in the Green.

Bed by the arch into the woodland. The wild ones are now joining in. We will now go into the woodland where there are quite a few flowers.

Lots of Pulmonaria are now starting to flower, waiting for any passing bees when the temperature rises to 10C.

One of my early daffodils which has been flowering for over a month now.

Recently purchased hellebore looking very happy where I’ve put it.

Daphne bholua perfuming the air around it.

Visitors can never resist having a good sniff!

My first Narcissus pseudonarcissus to flower. This is the only one I allow to go to seed, it is a British native, and it is spreading nicely in the woodland.

Leucojum aestvum the summer snowflake which always flowers before the spring snowflake here, goodness knows why!

The little slope at the end of the woodland.

Crocus tommasinianus seeds into the path through the woodland, but they are so battered by the rain. There are lots more buds to open so I hope they manage to open in the sunshine.

Lovely, I like the simple ones.

Moving back into the garden by the Rhododendron bed, these are wild snowdrops but I must split them to make more of a drift in a few places.

I have quite a few cyclamen coum dotted round the garden, I think they would be better if I collected them into one area to make more of a carpet.

These snowdrops are by the pergola which leads to the fruit and veggie area. I hardly ever come up here in the winter as the ground is so boggy, so I might as well move these wild snowdrops into the woodland, yes, I feel another drift coming on!

Moving back down the border by the field, Viburnum Dawn has been flowering on and off all winter, she didn’t like the frost and ice though.

Beneath the dead oak in the centre of the garden, the winter flowering heather and Ilex Golden King cuddle up happily together.

We have now returned to the back door where the Chaenomeles has been flowering since November.She is still looking good in spite of the frost, snow, sleet and ice that she had to put up with on Monday.

I hope you enjoyed wandering with me round the garden, I’m now going to have a coffee!

Many thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme, do pay her a visit to see more flowers from around the world.

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30 Responses to February’s bonanza GBBD.

  1. Peter says:

    I so enjoyed walking your flower-spangled garden with you and do appreciate the warning about soggy conditions so that appropriate footwear could be chosen. Happy GBBD!

  2. Toni says:

    Your garden is amazing! Love all the blooms. I need snowdrops and hellebore.
    Have a lovely week!

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks for stopping by Toni, and for your comments. This is a wonderful time of year for snowdrops and hellebores here in the UK, always tempting me out into the garden.

  3. Susie says:

    Pauline, your weather seems to have been all over the place this year. After a dry summer and fall, we’re beginning to catch up on rainfall here. The ground is soggy. Your early flowers look lovely and especially the snowdrops are a breath of fresh air. I can’t resist the rich colors of Iris reticulata. Have a great week.

    • Pauline says:

      You’re right Susie, the weather just can’t make up its mind what to do, but the flowers just carry on regardless! Most of the reticulata iris are over now, I must buy more to plant in the autumn, I think they would like the bank down to the ditch which should have the good drainage they require.

  4. Alison says:

    My snowdrops are up and flowering, but the Iris reticulata that I just planted last fall are just starting to nose up through the soil. I’m really looking forward to them. Thanks for taking us along to see your flowers.

  5. rusty duck says:

    With that little bit of sunshine today it really does feel as if Spring is just around the corner. And the plants are responding as well. I hope we don’t now get the cold spell that is forecast which will set it all back.

    • Pauline says:

      A sunny day makes such a difference doesn’t it Jessica, I got quite a bit done yesterday, thanks to the weather. I think the plants will cope with the cold spell, it’s just us gardeners that won’t!

  6. Wow! You have a lot of Spring blooms – so pretty!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

  7. Arun Goyal says:

    Our spring has just begun after mild winter comparative to other years,cant wait to see my daffodil bloom.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks for leaving a message Arun, I’m sure your daffodils will be wonderful when they are flowering. All the woodland flowers make me think that spring is just around the corner.

  8. Denise says:

    Thank you so much for the tour of your garden Pauline, the Daphne certainly does have a lovely scent! It really is wonderul that you have so much going on in the garden so early in the year. When are you planning Coffee (and cake) and Hellebores?!

    • Pauline says:

      A pleasure to have your company Denise! I love the Daphne perfume, I have a tiny one in the greenhouse which will get planted out this spring, the perfume when I open the greenhouse door is absolutely wonderful. All the little woodland bulbs race away to try and flower and set seed before the huge trees get their leaves and cut the sunshine out. Coffee, cake and hellebores should be sometime soon, you are very welcome, or maybe I’ll just have to do a separate post about them if you can’t make it!

  9. Jeannie says:

    I never realized how small snowdrops are until I examined your pictures. It is something on the long list of plants I want to buy. The pictures in garden catalogs look larger. No matter, they are still on my want list.

    Everything looks beautiful.

    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry.blogspot.com

    • Pauline says:

      The wild snowdrops are rather small Jeannie, but the “specials” as I call them, the hybrids, are quite a bit larger, depending which variety you choose. The little wild ones look wonderful planted in drifts, sheets of white as far as you can see! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  10. Frank says:

    Thanks, it was a wonderful trip around the garden and getting to see spring taking off. Love all the hellebores, and of course the snowdrops are always welcome 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you for coming along with me Frank, glad you enjoyed your wander with me. The snowdrops get better and better every day at the moment, now that the wild ones are joining in and the same with the hellebores as more buds open.

  11. Jason says:

    Spring is bursting forth in your garden! That’s a very pretty Hellebore, and I wish I could give that Daphne a sniff myself.

    • Pauline says:

      It certainly looks very spring like in places Jason, I hope the little flowers don’t regret it when the weather turns colder again next week! I have to have my daily fix of Daphne perfume, it is so gorgeous!

  12. Christina says:

    That was a lovely walk around your garden Pauline, thank you. You have some gorgeous Hellebores. My Japanese quince isn’t flowering yet, yours flowers for so long, I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed with mine.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you for your company Christina, I’m glad you enjoyed your walk with me.The Chaenomeles was already here when we moved here, so I don’t know which variety it is. I have another but it only flowers in springtime. I think I’ll have to do a separate post about the hellebores!

  13. Cathy says:

    I have resubscribed to your blog again, Pauline, which must be for about the 4th time – I wonder what it is that goes awry to stop the posts coming? Sorry for having missed so many of them.
    A day with some sunshine is such a blessing after the cold and damp days, although I don’t think we have had nearly as much rain as you – no ark required here anyway. Good to see what has been happening in your garden , and so much earlier than us further north – certainly no narcissi here, although some are in bud. Your ornamental quince is such a star and I always enjoy seeing your pictures of it. Your daphnes must smell gorgeous! Thanks for sharing

    • Pauline says:

      Sorry you are still having problems Cathy, I thought it was a while since I had heard from you.
      Sunshine makes such a difference, to the plants and me, it encourages me to get out and do some much needed work. The quince has been amazing, even the day we had snow and ice didn’t seem to faze it. More rain forecast for us and then back to cold winter temperatures next week!

  14. Anne says:

    Lovely to walk around your garden and see all your spring flowers Pauline. I am away in New Zealand for a few weeks and really missing my garden; it should be erupting onto bloom too at this time of year. Nice to see yours to substitute, thank you.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Anne, for taking the time away from your NZ trip to leave a message! Hopefully some of your flowers will still be blooming when you return, temperatures are supposed to fall again next week, so you never know.

  15. Anna says:

    I enjoyed your February blooms Pauline. It must be slightly warmer in your neck of the west than it is in ours. My pulmonarias apart from rubra are only just beginning to make their presence known.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Anna, though I think our temperatures are going to take a tumble over the next 10 days, they are forecasting down to -7C for some nights! Pulmonarias are getting into their stride and really are a bee magnet.

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