With one lovely sunny day on Wednesday , in a week of lots more rain, I was able to get into the garden and prepare the bed for snowdrop flowering which backs onto the woodland. It was a pleasure to work in the fresh air and the sunshine coming through the trees and made such a change from all the grey, dreary days that we are having at the moment. We have also had our first frost, yipee!, and lots of flowers are now everywhere, they were just waiting to be kick started!
No 1 Camellia.
Last week I started off with one of just a couple of flowers which had opened on Camellia Donation, what a change this week.
This week the shrub is absolutely covered with flowers and looks so beautiful.
No 2 Iris reticulata
One day I noticed a patch of purple on the alpine scree so had to go and investigate. Sure enough, Iris reticulata Pauline had risen up and opened its flowerbuds for me.
Such a reliable little plant, other varieties always seem to flower a bit later.
No 3 Iris unguicularis
More flowers open up each day on Iris unguicularis, they don’t last very long, but that doesn’t matter as so many new ones are coming all the time.
No 4 Clematis Winter Beauty
I still come and see this clematis most days when I have my wander, so beautiful and still looking like Christmas decorations even though those in the house have been put away for another year.
No 5 Garrya elliptica
In the opposite corner of the back garden to the camellia is Garrya elliptica James Roof. After sitting doing nothing much for 11 months of the year, now is its moment of glory when it opens its long tassels and draws attention to itself.
No 6 Chaenomeles
After just having a couple of flowers for a while, the chaenomeles by the back door is now into flowering mode and opening lots more buds.
Hopefully it will now carry on for the rest of the winter despite its late start.
Those are my six for this week, more snowdrops are now up and flowering, you will probably see them next week! Many thanks to Jon The Propagator for hosting once again, do pay him a visit to see what else is flowering around the world.