No better place to be.

The sunshine beckoned this morning and it was warm enough not to need a coat on while working in the woodland. The birds were singing, my robin was keeping me company along with his mate and there were so many varieties of bees buzzing round all the flowers that were open, I can’t think of a better place to be, so please come with me and have a look.

Cardamine, Narcissus, Leucojum and Hellebores.

What a difference it makes to Crocus tommasinianus when the sun shines, they are increasing nicely by seed. Galanthus Magnet in the background.

Cedric’s Prolific in the foreground, S. Arnott in the centre and Magnet again in the background.

Snowdrop Hill at the left hand end with quite a few varieties. I think Wendy’s Gold is being swamped by Lapwing so I must rescue her when she has finished flowering.

The opposite end of the woodland with lots of snowdrops and hellebores.

The double wild snowdrops are now joining in but I think it will be another week before the singles are all flowering. I always feel that it is around the 17th of February when the woodland reaches it’s peak for snowdrops, so I will have to be patient a little longer.

Looking back along the newish path that forms an oval walk round the woodland.

Almost back to the beginning again, this end is so colourful.

We are now back to the beginning, the fern in the foreground has now been cut back. This afternoon I pulled yards and yards of ivy and brambles out of this bed, I thought it would be easier to rake the leaves out without them in the way tomorrow. The snowdrop in the front is Atkinsii and then we are back to the other side of Magnet.

There are loads of clumps of single snowdrops waiting to flower, the weather is going to go colder for a few days, then back warmer again, so I think by next week the snowdrops will have reached their climax. Hopefully by then I will have finished the raking of leaves and weeding but I don’t think the mulching will get done by then, maybe another week for me to do that job! I hope you enjoyed being with me in the warm sunshine, it’s going to be frosty overnight so will be colder tomorrow, I might need the old coat back on!

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6 Responses to No better place to be.

  1. Frank says:

    It all sounds fantastic, I can almost hear the bees myself 😉
    So nice to see things springing back to life. It’s amazing how quickly things pop up when encouraged by a little sun and warmth.

    • Pauline says:

      It has been really lovely working there in the sunshine Frank, we’re now due a weekend of heavy rain so I think I’ll be staying indoors for a bit!

  2. snowbird says:

    Lucky you having sunshine, how I miss it! Your woodland is delightful, I just love all the snowdrops and crocus.

    • Pauline says:

      The sunshine has deserted me now Dina, it seems to be non stop rain and the rest of the week doesn’t show much improvement. It has also gone a lot colder, so back on with the old coat! Still waiting for the wild singles to open up, they are taking their time, the rest though are fantastic! x

  3. Anna says:

    Lovely to see your carpet of cardamine Pauline – mine burst into colour earlier this week. Any tips for propagating it would be appreciated.

    • Pauline says:

      It’s a lovely colour isn’t it Anna, such a contrast to all the snowdrops. So far I haven’t moved any of it, but must as it seems to want to spread for ever. I’m hoping that just pulling clumps off and potting them on until they have a good root system will do the trick, I’ll let you know how I get on.

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