Cards and presents are written , wrapped and posted so once more I can concentrate on the garden and my wander round this morning showed me a very wet and soggy garden, but with lots of little snowdrop snouts and noses peeping up above all the leaves that still need clearing away. Usually I clear away the leaves in the garden first and then tackle the leaves in the woodland after New Year, but this year everything seems to be starting earlier than usual, so I will have to be very careful when working in the woodland.
G. Faringdon Double was my first snowdrop to appear at the end of November, I have deliberately not bought any snowdrops that are supposed to flower in the autumn as I feel they really belong in the winter, but this one seems determined to get earlier and earlier each year!
Faringdon Double is spreading nicely, I think I will soon be able to spread the clumps out to form a drift.
Diggory is showing that it won’t be long before it joins its friends a few feet away.
I think Lapwing will win the race with Diggory, it usually does.
Hobson’s Choice is another than will soon be open, will it be open by Christmas I wonder?
Sorry, a bit out of focus, but Little John at the other end of the woodland seems to want to join in.
I must get these planted before they open up, I have a horrible feeling that they have been in their pots for almost 2 yrs now because I didn’t buy any new ones last winter! Poor things! I see an ant must have planted a cyclamen seed in one of the pots, how kind.
I was sure that I had moved Mrs McNamara into the woodland last year, but not seeing her anywhere on my wander, I went to the bed by the front door to check. There she was, flowering away under the winter jasmine, I really will move her as soon as she finishes flowering this time, I promise, as I’m sure she will appreciate the soil there much more than by the front door.
I will finish with my first hellebore to flower, it really has appreciated the extra light since a shrub was removed.
It has such a beautiful flower and best of all I can enjoy it from where I am sitting now, with out having to get cold and wet!
I still have a lot of work to do to get my snowdrop borders ready for the main flowering, hopefully I will get some done today as the forecast is for sunshine, I’ll just have a coffee first!
I have made the hard decision to stay at home for Christmas this year as there is still so much of the virus around in areas where my children and grandchildren are, I decided it really wasn’t worth risking it, far better to miss this one with them and hopefully have plenty more in the future. I have been doing lots of baking which is now in the freezer, my turkey crown is ordered so I will have lots of Christmassy food to enjoy and we will all facetime each other at present opening time, so I’m sure it will be fine. I might even have time to go and count my snowdrops on the Big Day!