Yes, the woodland floor is becoming more white as the days go by and it certainly isn’t with snow. The special snowdrops are definitely a lot earlier than in previous years and even the wild ones are almost ready to join in, they normally peak at about the third week in February. All the rain that we have had doesn’t seem to have put them off.
G. elwesii in the woodland edge border.
My largest clump by far, is of G Magnet, I really must spread them around this year.
This is G. Atkinsii, I’m sure this clump used to be bigger.
I have been working hard in the woodland as I’m expecting a group of ladies from the village to come for “Coffee and Snowdrops” on February 1st. The woodland is now ready, as are 4 more borders, just one large border to get ready now with Neil, the gardeners help, I think we might make it in time!
The slope at the end of the woodland is getting whiter.
G. Lapwing is a really good doer, multiplying nicely.
G. Diggory flowers are now forming their balloon shape.
G. Anglesey Abbey, all white, are increasing nicely. All my snowdrops start out as just one bulb, then I wait patiently!
G. Hobson’s Choice adds to the whiteness on the woodland floor.
Would I have bought this one if I had known that a certain gentleman was going to step onto the world stage? I somehow don’t think so. This is G. Trumps, there are others similar, I would probably have chosen one of those instead!
Other flowers are joining in with the snowdrops.
Iris reticulata Pauline is having a shower!
My Japanese azalea has decided to start flowering, I can only ask – why?
The chaenomeles by the back door, just gets better each day with more buds opening.
A friend from “up north” came visiting the other day and brought me a lovely “Jack in the Green” primrose where the flower is surrounded by a ruff of green sepals. These flowers date back to the time of Queen Elizabeth the first in the 16th Century, I now just have to decide where to plant it!
The days are getting noticeably longer, it is still light at 5pm now, which makes such a difference where gardening is concerned. Birds are singing and declaring their territory in the garden, soon new life will be starting once again. There is still so much tidying to be done before my ladies visit, so I will be out here at every opportunity getting everywhere presentable for them.
With 2 more visits from Neil the gardener, before Feb 1st, I think we will make it!