I feel quite self-indulgent posting these pictures today, highlighting what is flowering in my garden as part of Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, a meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams. My blooms are exclusively contained in the woodland or woodland edge borders, and by the time I had finished taking and cropping the photographs I thought I was going to overdose on the beauty of my hellebores. I hope no-one reading this thinks I am showing off, and despite my recent purchases I don’t think I realised quite how many I had, bearing in mind there are others not quite old enough to bloom this year, and I couldn’t even begin to choose a favourite. They are just so gorgeous – the soft colours , the individuality, the resilience to variations in the weather – and they are not yet at their peak. I can’t keep them to myself – that would be just too selfish, so please enjoy them too.
Snowdrops are visible beside all the hellebores, and beside the stream the few clumps of crocus are standing up to the cold and rain and wind of this week, a little tattered maybe, but just waiting for a glimpse of the sun to put on a show. Nearby, under the apple trees, the Tête-à-Tête are also moving up a gear ready to burst out in full bloom as the days get warmer. In the woodland, the clumps of primroses are establishing well, watched over by a lone belated cyclamen, and there is still colour from the new Hamamelis ‘Orange Peel’ and Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ which started flowering later than the others. ‘Harry’, still in full flower last week, was seen off by the bitterly cold weather at the beginning of this week; I shall miss him sorely. Meanwhile, I will continue to bask in the beauty of the woodland borders.