The difference in the woodland at the end of this month is the change of colour from the white of the snowdrops to the yellow and white of the narcissus. When I went into the woodland to check that everything was ok after storm Katie paid us a visit , a few days ago, the only damage I found was that a honeysuckle up one of the oak trees had blown away from the tree and was lying across the fritillaries. Thank goodness no damage was done to either the honeysuckle or the fritillaries and the honeysuckle is now safely tied back in place.
Primroses are everywhere and increasing year on year.
Pink violet. Not yellow and white, I know, but there are a couple of pink flowers.
Corydalis Beth Evans
A seedling from Corydalis solida, looking very much like Beth Evans.
Another seedling of C. solida which is much paler.
A double headed Fritillary meleagris.
“Baxendales Late”, my last snowdrop to flower. We have had snowdrops in flower now for 4 months as they started flowering in December due to the warm weather we were having at the time.
Narcissus Thalia, one of my favourites.
Spanish bluebells, I dig them out every year, but up they come again, it seems I will never be rid of them! I think some bulbs must have got down in between the rocks that are holding up the bank of the ditch.
Narcissus Jack Snipe, this is now spreading all by itself.
Cyclamen repandum which is now starting to seed around.
Narcissus pseudonarcissus are increasing nicely, the path used to be wider at this point until they put themselves here!
False oxlips, where primroses have crossed with cowslips.
More fritillaries are opening each day, soon I’ll be able to do a post about them.
Quite a few have jumped across the path and are starting to colonise the opposite border.
Scilla siberica seem to like where I have put them on a slight slope in the woodland.
They are such a stunning blue, which contrasts with the yellow and white around them.
They are joined by Muscari.
All the clumps of Leucojum aestivum are coming to the end of flowering. They started before Christmas, so I think they have earned their rest!
I’ll end with a few general views.
March/ April is now hopefully as interesting as when the snowdrops were in full flower. I have planted a few more hostas, ferns and epimediums for interest during the summer. What I did find though is, that there are so many roots in the soil, planting new plants and bulbs is getting more difficult. I’ll soon have to put up a sign saying that the woodland is full, there’s no more room!
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