After having a mild spell for a while, we are now starting another cold spell. Lots of new bulbs have popped up and I hope they don’t regret it! Snowdrops are still presenting well in the woodland, some of the earlier “specials” have gone over but the wild ones are making everywhere look very white at the moment, which is rather nice. I think we have another week of freezing temperatures at night time, but hopefully it will be a bit warmer during the daytime. I don’t think this will stop the bulbs from flowering, they should be in flower for longer though which is a good thing. My six for this week are as follows……..
At last my Camellia is flowering, usually this one starts in November, but not this time, it has been hanging onto its buds all through the winter until now.
The Hellebores have got going at last, usually they are out when I have my visitors in mid February, they are catching up now.
This is a lovely one in the woodland, such a pretty one. I think the 2 that I have shown are my favourites out of them all.
Narcissus pseudonarcissus is spreading nicely in the woodland. I sprinkle the seed each year and now my first sprinklings are flowering so it should just get better and better each year. This is the daffodil of Wordsworth fame.
More Scilla sibirica are opening up in the woodland and on the alpine scree, the woodland ones always open first. Love the gorgeous blue colour.
At last my Witch Hazel, Hamamelis mollis Pallida, is flowering, I have been able to see the tight buds for such a long time and it is only now that they have started opening. Perfume is gorgeous!
I couldn’t do a post in February without mentioning snowdrops could I? These are the wild singles, they make just as much of a splash as the “specials” and they spread so beautifully making more, year on year.
That’s my six for another week. So much is opening up now, soon there will be so much it will be a problem which six to choose, what a nice problem to have! Thanks again to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting once more, do pay him a visit to see what is happening in gardens around the world.
I don’t know why but I can never detect the fragrance of witch hazel – unless there are non-fragrant varieties out there. Those Hellebores are lovely.
The perfume is there Graeme with H. pallida, but you have to get up close and personal, it doesn’t travel a distance like a Daphne and I think there are some that don’t have a perfume. The hellebores are later than usual this year but they are making up for it now.
I do like your Hellebores, the colours look so delicate and are pleasing to the eye.
Thank you Rosie, the hellebores are just getting going now, thank goodness.
I love the Scilla, they really are such a beautiful blue. Lovely photo of the wild snowdrops Pauline and I’m glad the hellebores are underway, they are so lovely. It will be quite a while before I have the problem to choose only 6 lol.
I agree Denise, that the scillas are such a lovely colour, they will be seen again when they have really got going. Our cold spell is coming from you this time, thanks for sharing it with us! Hopefully the flowers will last longer now that it has cooled down once more, some of the special snowdrops were over too quickly when it warmed up.
Glad to hear you are moving into that time of year when everything starts advancing. Hopefully the weather is respectful of your garden’s enthusiasm!
We are back to freezing temperatures at night time Frank, but I’m sure my little plants can cope. It’s the wind straight from the North Pole that I don’t like, at least I can put another layer on, the poor plants can’t!
Some beauties there, especially the woodland hellebore.xxx
The hellebores were late starting this year Dina, but they are catching up now, thank goodness!x