Bathing Beauties.

Some of you may remember me planting up an old tin bath (which was my bath when I was a baby) a year ago, with Iris reticulata and crocus. I was full of good intentions at the time, meaning to plant the bulbs in the garden when they were over.

Somehow this never got done and once again the bath is full of the same flowers, looking very pretty, I think.

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February Bonanza for Bloom Day.

Flowers in February depend largely on the weather. Our weather so far this month has been very mixed, a bit of rain, a bit of sun, a lot of frosty nights and freezing days, fog,  bitterly cold wind from Scandinavia and Russia  (we are now making up for it this week, now that the wind has swung round and now comes from Africa!) and the other day a sprinkling of snow. In spite of all this, the flowers manage to survive and open their petals to any passing bee, and there are quite a lot of bees flying around.

Iris reticulata.

Looking beautiful on the alpine scree.

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The turn of the Hellebore.

Hellebores are just starting to open their beautiful flowers. They make the perfect companion to the snowdrops in the garden, adding a splash of colour amongst all the white.

H. Argutifolius.

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The sun came out for a while.

The sun did come out for quite a while on Saturday and what a difference it made to the snowdrops. Those sitting in a pool of sunshine opened their petals wide to any passing bee and I was able to get a record of their markings. I’ll start with G. Jonathan who I was hoping would open his petals for the last post.

There was great excitement we we saw that G. Jonathan had opened up its petals, out I dashed with my camera.

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No, they’re not all the same.

This post is for our daughter Rachael who says that she thinks a snowdrop is a snowdrop is a snowdrop and wonders why I would want to order any more as they are all the same. Sorry my dear, but  I’m afraid I have to disagree,  there are early ones, mid season ones and late ones, spreading their flowering over 3 or 4 months, more if you count the ones that flower in the autumn. Then there are the markings, so many different ones, some all white, some with all green inners, some with spots, some with green on the outer petals, some tall, some small and of course we mustn’t forget the yellow ones or the doubles! I’m hoping this post might change her mind and explain why I’m so keen to wander round the garden in the cold and wet of January and February!

Galanthus Little John

Galanthus Little John, very tall for a snowdrop.

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Miscellaneous in January.

January is not a month noted for its flowers, but there are quite a few out in the garden here so it is worth going for a wander each day. Lots of bulbs are pushing up, the snowdrops are flowering and so are some iris and narcissus, as well as a couple of shrubs.

Iris reticulata Pauline

Iris reticulata Pauline

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Waiting for the birds.

This weekend is the Great British Birdwatch when we note down which varieties of birds are coming to our gardens and making a note of the number of each species we see at any one time. Sparrows and starlings used to be among some of our most common birds, but now they are on the red list, sadly neither put in an appearance in the garden here. After filling the feeders up, we sat back and waited.

We didn't have to wait long, they were all waiting for me to put the food out!

We didn’t have to wait long, they were all waiting for me to put the food out!

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Formality in January. GBFD.

It is cold, it is freezing, so I just popped out very quickly to take some photos for today’s Foliage Day hosted by Christina at My Hesperides Garden. I hope you are warm and safe Christina, after seeing the news about the earthquake and avalanche near you, thank goodness they are still finding people alive.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families caught up in it.

The rose garden is between the house and garage and was the nearest area of foliage to photograph and therefore the quickest, so I could get back into the warm house! In the summer, the rose bushes are billowing everywhere and you can hardly see the box balls for the flowers, but in the winter, they come into their own and form the formal structure of the area.

Buxus sempervirens.

Buxus sempervirens.

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January flowers for GBBD, 2017

The dreaded snow coming down from the Arctic the other day managed to almost miss us, thank goodness. We woke to just a tiny smattering of snow which soon vanished once the sun rose in the sky, we were so lucky as the rest of the country really suffered. Plants that were flowering looked a bit sorry for a while but soon perked up once more and were fit to be photographed for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Just a sprinkling.

Just a sprinkling.

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A little Late.

Usually flowering by Christmas is Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation, however it is now making up for lost time with new buds opening each day.

N. Rijnveld's Early Sensation

N. Rijnveld’s Early Sensation

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