We paid the price for the warmer and brighter day yesterday, by negative temperatures overnight and a sharp frost this morning. The hellebores looked as if they were worn out and exhausted from all-night partying but soon perked up when they felt the warmth of the sun on their faces again, as the last pictures shows. It gave me an excuse not only to photograph them but to inspect and admire their individuality – it must be a hard person who would fail to be charmed by them.
The sun was warmer today and we had more of it, but a cool gentle breeze diluted the warmth for most of the morning. Nevertheless, I was astonished at the difference it was making to the snowdrops – now fully open, flaunting their daintiness for all to see. Perhaps I should have waited till today to feature them!
I am conscious with the recent sun that we have not had any rain for a couple of weeks, so made a point of watering my newest acquisitions and, following advice partially gleaned from comments to yesterday’s post, I have watered and fed the species snowdrops with a liquid tomato fertiliser. The crocus near the stream have adored the sunshine, and there are individual ones popping up all over this area, having been muddled up in the soil when the stream was revamped last year. Realigning the path uncovered a clump of tiny tiny crocus corms, so they clearly seed prolifically too, but I shall be ordering more to plant in the autumn as well.