I might be speaking too soon, but I hope not. The garden has an air about it that speaks to me of spring, leaf buds are starting to unfurl and more flowers are opening up each day. The birds are making so much noise defending their territories and bees are starting to buzz each day. Our days and nights are a bit warmer and our mole is playing havoc with the back lawn while he searches for a mate! Yes, Spring is in the air!
The border by the driveway is full of primroses at the moment.
Drifts have been forming where so many seedlings are now growing, I think I must move some of them to the back garden to start a drift there.
The Camellia flowers , also by the drive, have survived all the snow, ice and frost and are now opening in the milder temperatures.
It took a while for these Tete a Tete daffodils to stand up again after the snow. I was on the point of cutting them for the house, rather than leave them lying on the soil, but eventually they have managed to right themselves.
The hellebores just say “Snow – what snow” and carry on regardless!
The Meconopsis bed is looking very springlike, but no sign of the meconopsis yet.
The lilac flower is Corydalis solida growing on the side of the ditch by the woodland. The other colours around it are it’s seedlings.
This one looks very similar to C. Beth Evans.
This was the original plant which has given rise to coloured seedlings which look very pretty.
I’m not sure if this is the same pink or slightly darker, whatever it is it is very welcome.
New hellebores are doing very well.
Adding more burgundy to what is becoming more yellow as the daffodils open in the woodland.
Acer Sango Kaku is shining brightly in the woodland, like a beacon that we can see from the house. The new leaf growth is really beautiful in the sunshine.
The new leaves are such a beautiful mixture of colours before becoming pale green for the summer.
This is the real C. Beth Evans planted many years ago. I have never found any seedlings around her.
Studding the woodland floor are little Anemone nemorosa, looking so beautiful.
Scilla siberica at the end of the woodland are starting to seed around with little blue flowers spreading nicely.
Snowdrops are nearly finished, this one is G. Polar Bear, it should have felt well at home last week with all the snow!
Fritillaries are starting to flower, only about a dozen so far, but soon there will be lots more, there will be another post soon.
In the gravel sitting area at the back, Anemone blanda have opened up to the sunshine today.
Making themselves at home on the alpine scree are the Scilla siberica. They are seeding about a lot, coming up everywhere, we will soon have a proper drift!
Also doing well on the scree are the pink Chionodoxa, increasing nicely. I think I must get some blue ones to plant among the primroses in the front.
A dwarf tulip again on the scree, the only place I have good drainage for it, it seems happy and is increasing.
Still on the scree, tiny dwarf narcissus flowers.
In a shady part of the rockery, transplanted Primrose sibthorpii looks very happy, so I will move some more from under the pergola.
colourful Polyanthus doing its thing, flowering on and off all winter, but putting out nice new flowers after all the snow.
Prunus Kojo no mai is later than usual, just starting to flower now.
Cyclamen coum still contributing to the colour in the garden.
My old faithful Chaenomeles by the back door, still flowering and still looking wonderful!
And my other old faithful Camellia which has also been flowering from November.
Do you agree with me, is spring here to stay do you think, I really hope so, as it has been a long time coming after various spells of winter returning.
Usually by this time we have the woodland changing from the white of the snowdrops to the yellows of the narcissus. This year though we only have a few narcissus flowering so far, N. Thalia are almost out but N. St. Patricks Day and N. Geranium are still in tight bud. Blossom on a few trees is also behind previous years but I’m sure they will soon catch up.
How is your garden behaving, is it behind like mine because of different weather patterns or is it flowering as normal?