The dreaded snow coming down from the Arctic the other day managed to almost miss us, thank goodness. We woke to just a tiny smattering of snow which soon vanished once the sun rose in the sky, we were so lucky as the rest of the country really suffered. Plants that were flowering looked a bit sorry for a while but soon perked up once more and were fit to be photographed for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
Just a sprinkling.
Lots more flowers are now opening on the Chaenomeles by the back door.
Viburnum bodnantense Dawn is still flowering by the field but you can see that some of the flowers have been caught by the frost.
The first clump of double snowdrops flowering here, staying tightly closed to keep warm.
The first of the species snowdrops to flower here, Galanthus caucasicus with the twisty leaves.
G. Little John just seems to get bigger and bigger each day.
Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation didn’t look too happy after a very frosty night, but looks happier now.
Cyclamen coum are popping up in the woodland. I don’t think ants are around in the cold weather to spread the seed as they aren’t increasing like C. hederifolium.
Garrya eliptica doing what it does best at this time of year. I think it needs a clematis growing up it for the the summer though as it is rather boring once flowering is over.
At last, the Camellia in the corner of the garden by the old school is starting to open its flower buds. Usually in flower from November, it is taking its time this year. I can’t say I blame it, yesterday it was being battered by the arctic north wind!
Polyanthus brave whatever weather is thrown at them.
Iris unguicularis under the dining room window never seems to have more than one or two flowers at a time, but I’m grateful for those.
Jasminum nudiflorum by the front door is coming to the end of its flowering now, there are less flowers now as the days go by.
Wild primrose in the front border, these always seem to be the first ones to flower in the garden here.
I found a tiny Devon violet growing in the steps onto the back lawn.
There are lots of Hellebore buds in the shady borders but none want to open up yet.
Little white Cyclamen coum in the woodland.
Daphne bholua is almost flowering, I can’t wait for that beautiful perfume.
Sarcococca making me scramble about in the ditch to photograph it! Nice perfume!
I’m sure there was no sign of Iris reticulata Pauline the other day when I walked past the alpine scree, they seem to have popped up overnight!
As you can see there are plenty of pretty flowers to tempt me into the garden, in spite of the freezing temperatures. Lots of them are just on the point of flowering, with our temperatures forecast to rise this week, I think lots more will open in the next few days.
There were lots more snowdrops flowering, but as they were all staying tightly closed in the freezing temperatures, I will save them for a warmer day when hopefully they will open and show their different markings.
Thanks as always, to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts this meme encouraging us to find any flowers brave enough to venture forth in the coldest of weather!