We woke up to the most amazing sunrise the other morning, it was such a beautiful sight while it lasted but was over so quickly.
It only took 5 minutes before the beautiful colours were fading away and the sky was light for another day.
The Camellia bush in the corner of the back garden is absolutely covered with flowers at the moment, more and more flowers open each day and the bush is looking so beautiful, so springlike.
A few more Hellebores have now opened, since I last photographed them.
At last my little shrub has started flowering this year, it is still rather small, but at least it is flowering.
A quick visit to my local garden centre this morning meant that I brought a couple of little treasures home with me. The little pot of snowdrops on the left were sold as being bulbs of Galanthus elwesii, but look, 3 flower stalks are the correct size, but the 4th stalk is twice the length and the leaves are so different too.
The flower itself is twice the size of the others and with being twice as tall, it must be another variety. This is a good excuse to get all my snowdrop books out to see if I can find out which variety it is. Not bad for just £1.99 for the pot! This is the second time I have found something different in a pot of cheap snowdrops, it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled!
*Please see the comment left by Chloris where she explains the differences belonging to Galanthus elwesii*
I was tempted to buy this little pot of Iris reticulata Alida, the bulbs will be planted in the garden when they have finished flowering, again they cost just £1.99.
These snowdrop bulbs were very kindly sent to me by Anna of The Green Tapestry, 3 bulbs when I was only thinking that one would come, how generous! They have been in the greenhouse until a couple of days ago, now that they are nearly flowering I must go and choose a space for them in the garden.
I was asked in a previous post, again by Anna of Green Tapestry, if I could show the mosaic bird bath that I made at a Women’s Institute meeting in my village last month , but without the ice this time! It was fiddly to make, each square had to be cut into quarters, there were times I wished I had chosen an easier pattern. It now sits on the steps opposite the back door and the birds show their appreciation each day!
This weekend is the Great British Bird Watch to see how many varieties of bids came to the garden during one hour. To encourage them into the garden, I made them a cake the other day, they thoroughly enjoyed it, it didn’t last very long, so I will definitely make another for this weekend!
The rosemary by the back door, has been flowering since before Christmas, I wonder when it will stop.
The first of my crocus has opened, there are lots of buds showing in the woodland, so another week should see lots of purple in amongst the white of the snowdrops.
We have been busy cutting back shrubs by the drive and now, all of a sudden we can see the hellebores that have been hiding.
This is what we have been doing, working hard the other day, cutting back whatever hadn’t been cut back last year due to ill health, it was all rather a mess, but hopefully a couple more days should see it looking better. At least now we can see the hellebores and snowdrops coming under the red stemmed Cornus and when the shaggy box cubes have had a hair cut, and the weeds cleared everything should look so much better. The back half of this border is for winter interest, then in the summer, the front takes over and it is the Bee and Butterfly border.
Are you able to get out into your garden to work or are you covered in snow still?