After a freezing cold week followed by a week of torrential rain of biblical proportions, we now have warm sunshine! This has made the snowdrops and crocus open up and the woodland is buzzing, I couldn’t help but smile when a huge bumble bee tried to help itself to some nectar from a dainty wild single snowdrop, poor snowdrop was weighed down to the ground with its passenger. The sunshine has brought on lots of other flowers of different colours, so the whole effect is very pretty, or I think so anyway. Come and have a wander with me.
Narcissus are starting to flower in the border by the woodland.
Crocus in the back lawn
They quickly respond when the sun comes out.
Single and double wild snowdrops have now joined the specials, hellebores joining in too.
The hellebores provide a lovely contrast to all the white of the snowdrops.
All these are at the side of the new path made a couple of years ago, they have settled in well.
I feel that this very dark hellebore needs some snowflakes around it so that it shows up more, against the soil it is almost invisible.
In this photo the crocus are tightly shut, they need some sunshine like the rest of us!
When the sun moved round a bit, they soon opened up.
Purple, yellow, pink and white, a pretty combination.
Most of the yellow is coming from Narcissus pseudonarcissus, one of our native wild flowers. This is the only one that I allow to go to seed, in fact for the last couple of years I have been sprinkling the seed into areas that are low on narcissus and now I have lots of very thin grass like leaves appearing, I just hope they are from the narcissus and not grass!
The slope at the end of the woodland, everything is increasing nicely, but there is still room for more.
At this end of the woodland are a few clumps of Tete a Tete.
Wendys Gold is still looking good, she has been flowering for a while now.
I think a couple more hellebores are needed at the end of the woodland, I need to go shopping!
Narcissus and hellebores are adding to the colours, along with some red stems.
The hellebore foliage helps to keep the snowdrops in the shade for the rest of the year until it is time for them all to flower once more.
The spaces are all filling up nicely with seedling snowdrops and narcissus, it is all beginning to look how I imagined it years ago!
The narcissus at the front of the previous photo are King Alfred type. There were lots here when we moved in but I prefer the smaller ones as they stand up to the wind much better. I just have this one clump left, I gave 95% of them away, as a reminder that the original King Alfred was bred in a village near to here.
It has taken a lot of splitting of the wild snowdrops each year and now some of my specials can be used to fill spaces too.
The groundcover in this area is Cardamine pratensis, with the purple flowers, which is the larval food for the Orange Tip butterfly which we have each year in the garden, I don’t mind if the leaves end up a bit chewed!
The flowers are very pretty and make a nice contrast with the snowdrops.
All I need now is a bench so that I can sit at the other end with my coffee and enjoy all the flowers with the birds singing and the bees buzzing in the sunshine. Next week sees the official start of the meterological springtime and at the moment it actually feels as though it is just around the corner. Are you feeling the springtime yet?