Some of my earlier flowering snowdrops are starting to go over but the snowdrop party isn’t over yet. A few varieties are later flowering than most and extend the snowdrop season by a few more weeks. I’ll start with some smaller species.
This is a very sweet little species snowdrop which was obviously found in the Caucasus mountains before being brought back to the British Isles.
This little one isn’t increasing very well, it has taken such a long time to make the few flowers that you see, G. scharlockii. Maybe I need to move it to some better soil. In this snowdrop the unusual bit about it is the spathe, the green bit standing up above the flower. In other snowdrops this is one piece, but in G. scharlockii, it has two which are said to look like donkey’s ears!
Galanthus Augustus is a hybrid. The petals are balloon shaped with a texture like seersucker material. The leaves are broad with a pronounced silver line down the centre.
The opposite side of the path has G. Wareham now flowering, the same leaves as G. Augustus, but different flowers.
A very dainty little snowdrop with lovely markings is G. St. Annes.
Opening in the warm sunshine yesterday is G Alison Hilary with strong marks on the inner petals.
Still waiting, G. Baxendale’s Late is always the last one to flower in the garden here. It is only just starting to flower and should be flowering for about a month. Again the leaves are similar to G. Augustus and Wareham, broad with a silver centre line.
This will probably be my last post about snowdrops for this year, only another 9 months to wait before it all starts over again! While looking at the snowdrops, other flowers were demanding my attention, more seem to be opening on a daily basis.
Eranthis hyemalis isn’t happy in the garden here, it doesn’t increase in spite of allowing it to go to seed. I’ve been reading lately that it prefers an alkaline soil, I am the acid side of neutral, but I keep hoping.
New last year is Hamamellis Robert, this is the only witch hazel to flower here this year, my other two decided not to. I think maybe I should have watered them when we were having our lovely hot summer. H. Robert was watered because it was in the part of the woodland where I have made a new bit of planting, but the other two were missed, I’ve learnt my lesson!
Primula sibthorpii always takes me by surprise, I should be used to it flowering so early by now. I think I will move it when it has finished flowering to the bed behind the alpine scree where I would be able to see it far more easily. At the moment it is under the pergola which leads to the fruit and veggie garden and I’m not often up there at this time of year.
Pulmonarias are all starting to flower now, they are marvellous for any early bees that venture out.
This little Forget me not was flowering over a month ago and it is still at it. There are lots in the garden, but only this one in the woodland is flowering.
Cardamine pratensis is flowering underneath one of my Daphnes. I grow this as it is the larval food plant for the Orange Tip butterfly which we see in the garden later in the year.
Having just done a post about the hellebores, I don’t need to include them here. Day by day more flowers are opening and the birds and I definitely think that spring will soon be here. Are you noticing lots of changes in your garden yet?