Having missed a few Bloom Days due to being really busy in the garden getting everything ready for the snowdrop season, I can now take a breath and take a general view of the whole garden and realise that half is looking rather nice and half still has a long way to go. I will show you the better half!
Thank goodness Derek, the gardener, was able to cut the grass and do the edges before I took my photos!
The little woodland in the distance is where most of the work has taken place, but now I’m working hard on the rockery.
My old faithful Camellia Donation is still flowering, this is its 5th month, not bad!
Another younger camellia nearby.
Narcissus Jet Fire and creamy Sailboat are brightening up a dark corner.
Lots of hellebores are still flowering, this one is on the rockery.
Primula sibthorpii, also flowering on the rockery, a lovely lilac flowered species. The primula family is a wonderful family, so much variety in shape and colour and also which conditions they prefer to live in.
Same colour but totally different, Primula denticulata, the drumstick primula.
Cyclamen coum on the rockery.
Scilla sibirica on the alpine scree which is tucked into the rockery, seedlings jump over the little wall and spread far and wide!
Into the woodland and growing on the bank at the side of the ditch is Corydalis solida and its seedlings.
Corydalis Beth Evans with lots of Narcissus pseudonarcissus in the woodland proper.
The fritillaries have started!
A colourful little corner which a few weeks ago was a splash of white, now it has all colours vying for attention.
What I call snowdrop hill at the end by the old school is now covered with an assortment of colourful flowers, and there are lots more little treasures to come. With it being a slope the drainage is better here for woodland ephemerals.
Corydalis solida George Baker at the far side of the woodland among all the snowdrops.
Pulmonarias are open everywhere for any passing bee, although I think they have plenty of choice for their pollen and nectar. Can you see all the long thin leaves sprouting up, hopefully they are my seedling narcissus which will flower in years to come.
Cardamine forming ground cover in a corner of the woodland.
Brunnera Alexander’s Great, still in the woodland.
Daphne bholua still perfuming the woodland.
Before we leave the woodland I should show you the last of the snowdrops flowering here, this is Baxendale’s Late, but he looks a bit thin, I don’t think he likes the cold wind!
And my very last one is Polar Bear, he should be used to the cold! So that’s it for snowdrops, just another 9 months to wait for it all to start over again! The snowdrops have been amazing this year, they put on a wonderful virtual display for the village ladies. Specials seemed to come a bit early but the wildings stayed resolutely to their normal time. I have a one or two clumps that now need dividing, so will get those done soon.
On the way round to the front drive, I have to pass my Chaenomeles hedge which has been flowering since the end of November, fantastic plant.
Camellia Margaret Davis trying to hide the gas tank, she is doing a good job!
Primroses have now taken over from the snowdrops in between the red stemmed Cornus.
Hellebore with the toning foliage of Peony mlokosewitschii behind.
I’ll finish with another long view across the garden from the woodland.
I hope you enjoyed your wander with me, one day I’ll show you the other half of the garden, but a lot of work needs doing first to tidy it up!
Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this, do please pay her a visit to see other flowers from around the world.