Deciding yesterday to nip out into the garden while there was a bit of sunshine, to take my photos for this months GBBD, all of a sudden it went very dark and very cold, and there I was, in a hail storm! This was followed by a day of torrential rain and the wind was hurricane level blowing straight at the south coast, our poor trees are being battered once more.
My last post was all about my snowdrops, so only a few have sneaked into a couple of general views this time. Mostly , this months flowers are my Hellebores.
By the back door, the Chaenomeles is still flowering, this must be its third month now and it is still covered in buds.
They might look white in the photograph, but I can assure you that these primroses are the wild, cream ones that are dotted round the garden.
Cyclamen coum with G. nivalis and G.nivalis flore pleno in the front garden by the red stemmed Cornus.
The back garden border just before the archway into the woodland. Hellebores, snowdrops and I can see a few pulmonaria flowers too.
There’s lots of Cyclamen coum in the woodland, the ants are doing a good job of spreading the seed.
The spring snowflake, Leucojum vernum flowering in the woodland, the flowers look like Tiffany lampshades and are so pretty amongst the snowdrops.
An early narcissus which has been flowering for quite some time now is Rijnveld’s Early Sensation, the other narcissus aren’t very far behind. Soon the predominate colour in the woodland will change from white to yellow.
Coming up behind some Cyclamen hederifolium foliage is Crocus Tommasinianus, which only opens when the sun is shining, they were open the other day, but not today.
Forming ground cover under a Daphne bush is Cardamine pratensis. I planted this when I learnt that this is the larval food for the Orange Tip butterfly. The flowers are very pretty and it doesn’t seem to be too invasive.
Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill is still pumping out her perfume in the woodland, its delightful to be anywhere near it, there are lots of buds still to open.
Iris reticulata Edward (I think) on the alpine scree, doing very well indeed, multiplying nicely. I must buy some more and put them in the woodland at the end where there is a slope in the sunshine. They should have the drainage there that they need and contrast well with the snowdrops.
Another Iris, this time I. unguicularis, is still flowering from the New Year, not bad.
While clearing the fallen branches and twigs, I noticed that G.Wendy’s Gold had opened up 9 flowers, two of them on the same stem, the one on the right. So, starting off with just one bulb 4 yrs ago, there are now 5 bulbs which have produced 9 flowers so far and I can see 3 flower buds still to come, I think she is my new favourite!
A general view of the woodland showing some of the snowdrops, more are opening each day, some are still pushing upwards, so there will be snowdrops for me to enjoy for a few more weeks.
The gales howled through the trees all night, I’ve been out to check, but everything is still standing upright in the woodland, thank goodness, just masses of twigs and small branches everywhere.
Thanks, once again to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, for hosting this monthly peek at what is flowering in people’s gardens round the world, do pay her a visit.