I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got up this morning and looked out of the window…..snow, on March 17th, St Patrick’s Day! That is unheard of down here, but there was the garden covered in a thin layer of white.
Off I went to search for my St. Patrick’s Day narcissus and what did I find, they are still in tight bud, keeping away from the cold that keeps descending on us. So, for the second year, St Patrick is late!
While out in the garden an hour later and nearly all traces of white had gone, I found the new growth of Peony mlokosewitchii looking very pretty, she is a star at all stages of development.
I managed to find a few crocus that managed to survive the battering that we had the other day, still not looking 100% but better than they were looking for the last post.
Corydalis Beth Evans just gets better and better each day. As she seems to like the woodland so much, I think I ought to find some more of her relatives!
Now to my last snowdrops to open up. Most of the others are past their best now, so it is up to these three to carry the flag for the snowdrops, these are Baxendale’s Late.
Warham is another late one with quite broad leaves, in fact all three varieties of late ones here have broad leaves compared to G.nivalis.
And last, but by no means least, this is Augustus, which has a well defined silver stripe down the centre of the leaf. Also the outer petals, which make the flower look quite chubby, are textured like seer sucker material.
My first Fritillaria meleagris, the snakeshead fritillary, is in flower, the first of many. Looking back to last years photos, we are 2 weeks behind, but then last year we were having a heat wave in March! Maybe all this temperamental weather might mean that we will have a decent summer this year, at the right time, not just a month in March and a month in September!!
I will keep an eye on Narcissus St. Patrick’s Day and photograph him when he decides that my garden is warm enough. The weather now is brilliant sunshine and a bright blue sky, the exact opposite to the snow this morning!