In spite of a sharp frost the other night, the flowers in the garden are looking surprisingly good. The temperature had been at 0 degrees C most of yesterday morning and had then risen to plus 2 once the clouds covered the sky. All over the garden, primroses are starting to pop up.
The chaenomeles in the last post has come through the frost unscathed, thank goodness.
Cyclamen coum are starting to put up their flowers, I can see lots of buds in the woodland, they look lovely alongside the snowdrops.
Almost out, but not quite, Daphne Jaqueline Postill. When the flowers open, the woodland is filled with the most gorgeous perfume, it seems to be trapped by all the trees.
Still flowering away by the front door is the winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum. This flowers on and off all winter, depending on the weather, the flowers have survived the frost and there are still lots more buds to open.
At the far left hand end of the woodland, Hamamellis Arnold Promise is still flowering away but H. pallida, at the other end, is still covered in tightly closed buds, in spite of being in more sunshine, I wonder why?
Lots of hellebores are pushing up loads of buds, there should be masses of lovely flowers soon.
In the woodland I found the first hellebore that has opened properly, wonderful, these will be flowering for a good 3 months, if not more.
Iris unguicularis Mary Barnard is flowering at last in the back garden, this one is much later to flower than the one in the front, which was flowering before Christmas.
Iris unguicularis Walter Butt, in the front garden, is still flowering with lots more buds to come, even though it must be a good month now since I discovered the first flowers.
Another Iris about to join in with the other flowering bulbs, this time the tiny Iris reticulata Pauline, I’m just hoping that the slugs don’t get at it, or they will all flop down and be over for another year.
In the back garden, Choisya ternata, hardly seems to stop flowering, to have a rest.
I couldn’t leave them out could I? Snowdrops are pushing up all over the place, soon there will be white everywhere. This one is the tiny, dainty G. gracilis with the twisty leaves, easy to identify at a distance.
Another small species of Galanthus, this time G. rizehensis. I think this needs moving as it isn’t increasing as well as the others, maybe a bit more TLC needed.
A large hybrid, twice as tall as the previous two, with a green cross on the inner petals. Another label has gone missing, so more homework needed for this one.
Still flowering by the front door is G. Mrs McNamara and also G Faringdon Double a bit further along in the border, lovely to see them both each time I go in and out.
Increasing nicely in the woodland, I think they appreciate all the leaf mould that they are planted in. Galanthus Atkinsii is almost ready for splitting when flowering is over.
Definitely in need of splitting, Galanthus Magnet. Just one flower out at the moment, but as you can see, lots to come.
So many others are at the bud stage but I think they will be bursting through very soon, so they will be photographed when their time comes.
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