The woodland is changing, now much more yellow than before, the snowdrops are almost over, but the rockery is waking up and providing quite a bit of colour which I can see from the house. All the dwarf shrubs that I planted last year are waking up and starting to flower, bulbs are coming through, more bulbs are sitting in pots waiting to be planted as I couldn’t remember where any spaces were! No excuse any more, I must get on planting them now that I can see where they can go.
Thr first shrub to flower on the rockery is Rhododendron praecox which is looking ever so pretty.
The colour makes such a change from all the white and now the yellow that dominate the garden.
Primulas are starting to show their colours, colour matched with the previous plant!
Primula denticulata isn’t far behind, they are all starting.
Saxifrage is making a nice carpet in a sunny spot on the rockery.
Iphion uniflorum, pink variety has made itself very much at home on the alpine scree.
They have increased so well, I’m sure I can move a few to the slope in the woodland and see how they do there.
I have a couple of pots of blue Ipheon uniflorum which never got planted last year, I really must plant them now, poor things!
Wild primroses are starting to flower as well as the primulas, soon they will be open in the woodland too.
Moving through to the woodland.
Corydalis tuberosa , on the left, is sending up seedlings just like the pink Beth Evans.
Corydalis Beth Evans, quite a way into the woodland, she unfortunately doesn’t seem to set seed.
This photograph is of my seedling Narcissus pseudonarcissus. The very thin leaves are I think, from last years seeds, some thicker leaves from 2 yrs ago and then the single flowers from 3 yrs ago. If all my seedlings end up flowering I will have masses of drifts in three more yrs time!
My last snowdrop to flower, Galanthus Baxendale’s Late, but he isn’t really because he is supposed to flower now.
Scilla siberica in the woodland, always flowers before the ones on the alpine scree, I would have thought it would be the other way round as the ones here are in quite a bit of shade.
Leucojum aestivum are now forming large clumps, some of which I will be able to split this year. This clump is in the drier end of the woodland, at the wetter end, the clumps are twice as tall.
Rusty pheasant is back on duty, all the grassy leaves belong to my snakeshead fritillaries which will soon be flowering, lots of buds already showing.
I’ll end with a long view of the woodland, which has been my favourite place for the last 2 months. It has been such a pleasure working and walking here with the birds and bees for company. I should finish the weeding and mulching today so all my snowdrop, narcissus and fritillary seeds have a lovely seedbed to fall into!
The weather this last week has been wonderful, beautiful sunshine every day, but I don’t think the snowdrops liked the heat, unlike me who was very pleased to be working without my coat! The coming week is going to be much colder though, with the wind from the north, straight from the arctic. Plants and gardeners have to be adaptable, I’m sure we will both cope just fine, but it will be back on with the coat for me!