Galanthus Faringdon Double, has decided to open up at last. Usually it is open by Christmas, but not this time, I think it is in too shady a spot as the Euonymous next to it is overshadowing it. Once the flowers are finished it will be moved as I don’t want to cut the Euonymous back, it has taken years to reach the size I want it.
Mrs McNamara keeps Faringdon Double company, another one to flower early.
Just outside the back door is another early snowdrop, a small one with a very dainty flower. The label has gone missing, where do they go to! I will have to spend quite some time with my new snowdrop book and try to identify it.
Also just outside the back door is a Chaenomeles planted by the people here previously. At the moment it is covered in flowers and looks as though spring has arrived, even though it is still a long way off. As long as the weather stays mild, the flowers will continue to open, the next frost will finish them off, but there are lots of buds to take over when the temperature rises once more.
Lots of other snowdrops are showing flowers that will be open in a few weeks, the birds are singing, the woodpeckers drumming on the trees and the temperatures are around 10 or 12 C. Today it is actually dry and the sun is shining, thank goodness no rain, the garden can’t take any more!