The sunshine today has been amazing. Sitting in the conservatory after lunch, I was getting too hot, no heating, just the sunshine coming through the glass. I went for a wander round the woodland to cool off! Thank goodness the icy wind that we have had for so long has stopped, and all the snowdrops have opened up and are dancing in the gentle breeze.
First outside the back door is G. Acton Piggot no 3 where the inside petals are nearly all green. This was new last year and is doing well so far.
Next to it and also new last year was G Trumps, I think 2 flowers is ok for just one year, I hope it continues to increase like this.
Just into the woodland is G Excelsis showing the almost all green inner markings.
G. Angelique enjoys its spot near the alpine scree. The markings are sometimes two dots or a very thin bridge between them.
Galanthus Elwesii is showing its lovely variable markings with a faint green mark on the outer petals as well as the striking inner petals.
Galanthus gracillis, the one with the twisty grey leaves, is enjoying the sunshine and has a fly for company , top right. While in the woodland I could hear plenty of buzzing as the bees were making merry with all the open flowers.
Galanthus Merlin has opened just enough to have a peek at its all green inner petals. This one is an old variety, but still I think one of the best, along with the next two.
Almost flying away, the outer petals of G. Atkinsii look like little propellers.
G. Magnet has the same fly away look, crouching down to take the photo, I realised just how warm it was in that spot.
The sunshine had also persuaded little Crocus tommasinianus to open up. More are opening each day and look lovely dotted through the snowdrops.
G. Mrs Thompson was another that was new last year. When she is happy, apparently she will have 4 or 6 outer petals, obviously she isn’t happy enough yet!
Increasing very well indeed is G. Wasp. The stripes on the inner petals are supposed to look like the markings of a wasp and when they dance in the breeze, with a bit of imagination, yes they do!
With a touch of green on the extra long outer petals, G Modern Art is also increasing well.
The sunshine today has been wonderful after so many weeks of an ice cold wind. The forecast for the week is that it should be warmer during the day but with frost still at night, I think that will appeal to me and my little flowers.
I hope you have all been able to have a sunny Sunday too!