Our weather has suddenly changed once again. Today we have storm Doris howling outside, thank goodness I took my photos a few days ago, before they got flattened! In all our shady borders there are bulbs popping up everywhere and adding their colour to the dark background around them. I’ll start in the front garden with the border by the drive.
Hellebores are doing well and most have now opened their flowers.
Wild snowdrops among the red stemmed Cornus, some of the clumps are ready for splitting.
Iris unguicularis Walter Butt looking so delicate but must be tough to flower at this time of year.
Cyclamen coum is starting to seed around at last, I was thinking that they never would. Maybe I ought to give them a helping hand, I don’t know if the ants are active at this time of year.
A lovely double hellebore down near the entrance to the driveway.
Moving round to the side garden, the old bath is near the back door and you will see that purple Pauline has woken up at last to join all her friends.
I think I actually preferred it when it was just the blue Iris reticulata with the crocus.
Moving round to the woodland at the back, little splashes of sunshine are opening everywhere, this is Tete a Tete.
Tiny Scilla siberica are starting to flower at the end of the woodland. It is strange that these always flower before the ones on the alpine scree which is in full sun, maybe they are more sheltered here from the cold.
A very tiny daffodil, only as tall as the snowdrops, not sure which one this is unfortunately.
Iris reticulata Sheila Ann on Snowdrop Hill along with Crocus Whitewell Purple and I see a couple of C. tommasinianus have seeded themselves there too.
A view of mixed bulbs in the woodland.
Corydalis solida on the slope by the ditch in the woodland, this one seeds around with different coloured offspring, I really must move them to better soil.
Hamamelis Arnold Promise is getting into his stride now, he certainly took his time!
Hamamelis mollis Pallida has eventually started flowering, they both seem very late this year for some reason.
Crocus tommasineanus is popping up everywhere in the woodland, even in the path.
Almost back to the house now, Iris unguicularis is under the dining room window and has been absolutely amazing this year with lots of flowers non stop since January.
Round to the back door once again, the Chaenomeles is still going strong. I’ve not noticed many bees on it so maybe I’ll have to get my paint brush out if I want any fruit in the autumn.
I hope you enjoyed wandering round the shady borders with me, I think today, with the storm raging, is a day to stay indoors., a chance to catch up with the housework which has been neglected for so long now!