There is quite a difference in the woodland since the end of January. Most of the snowdrops are up and flowering, some have even have finished and I am waiting for just one clump to open up to the sunshine. Thank goodness the awful storms have finished for now, no more branches coming down and now there is some heat in the sun which is shining on and off most days, between the showers! Last month when I took the photographs I forgot to include the borders in the back garden that are either side of the archway into the woodland, the planting in the borders is similar to the woodland. This first one is the border to the left of the arch.
Looking back the other way.
The border on the right of the archway, looking into the woodland.
I’m now in the ditch once more, wellies are essential footwear! The very early narcissus are over but more are just coming out. The Cyclamen coum on the left are still flowering away and the patch of Cardamine pratensis, mauve flower towards the right, gets better and better each day. This is the right hand part of the woodland.
A close up of the woodland floor which has more and more flowers each day. I like the purple of the crocus in with the white of the snowdrops.
You can see the patch of Cardamine pratensis much better on this photo, half way up on the left hand side. Galanthus Little John in the foreground is now over, he was up bright and early in January. Still the right hand part, taken from the corner near the road.
The Leucojum in the foreground are much later flowering this year, they are supposed to like damp ground so they should have been very happy all winter! This is taken from the left hand end of the woodland.
From the bridge looking to the left hand side.
Snowdrop Hill at the left hand end of the woodland, sharing space with hellebores and crocus at the moment. G.Wendy’s Gold is almost in the centre.
And here she is showing all 11 flowers that she has produced this year – she is a star!
From the left hand end of the woodland looking back to the bridge and archway. In the foreground the snakeshead fritillaries are growing well, it’s too soon to fence the pheasant out, but probably next month I will have to.
Before all the snowdrops vanish, I have a lot of planting to do. These are some forget me nots that I have overwintered after digging them up from the front drive where they had seeded.
Plants of Anemone White Swan waiting to be planted in the woodland, I didn’t dare to plant them last autumn when I bought them as I couldn’t remember where all the snowdrops are.
Last autumn I sowed some seeds of honesty as I thought the woodland should have some. As with the others, I had to wait to plant until the snowdrops were showing.
Waiting in the wings is a plug tray of 72 seedlings of Digitalis alba which I sowed last autumn. Some of them are getting rather large now so I must get them planted as soon as possible.
The colour in the woodland will gradually change by next month from white to yellow when all the narcissus will be flowering. For now though I will continue to enjoy the snowdrops and crocus for a bit longer.
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