The woodland is starting to slow down, but there are still treasures to find if you look for them. The snowdrops and the narcissus are finished and now the snakeshead fritillaries are winding down and starting to form seed for another year. Soon it will be time to turn my attention to another part of the garden, but not quite, let me show you what is still making me wander that way each morning.
Lasting a long time in flower, Narcissus Sailboat has been amazing this year. They seem to have increased and I think all our bitterly cold wind has kept them flowering for much longer than usual.
Yes sadly, the fritillaries are over for another year, the others are already going to seed and these are some of the last few still flowering.
The last variety of wood anemone to flower, Anemone nemerosa Vestal is the double variety and has spread downhill at the end of the woodland on what I call Snowdrop Hill. It has spread into a lot of moss growing there and the birds have been helping themselves to the moss for their nests, so I was rather worried for a while that the anemones would be damaged or that they might have helped themselves to the anemones to decorate their nests, but everything seems to be ok, thank goodness!
Erythronium White Beauty is now flowering beautifully under a rhododendron bush. I have said in the past that I must move it, but know that they don’t like being moved and would take a few years before flowering again if I did. I have decided to leave it where it is and have removed 2 branches from the rhododendron instead so that I can photograph it more easily!
Tulip Peppermintstick is enjoying life on the scree in spite of being in direct line of the freezing wind from the east. The sunshine must be strong enough for it to feel at home.
Pulsatilla vulgaris is another enjoying the conditions on the scree at the moment, freezing cold wind and hot sunshine, maybe they are reminded of their homeland at the top of a mountain.
That is my six for this Saturday, I am joining in with The Propagator so please pay him a visit to see various plants of interest to other bloggers at the moment.