I delayed my rambles round the garden today until well fortified by lunching on hot cross buns, still warm from the oven. As with most days this week the mornings have seen the garden bathed in sunshine following the clear skies and negative temperatures overnight; although there was a degree or two more warmth in the sun today the skies clouded over again by early afternoon, a pattern that looks set to continue for at least another week.
Little patches of snow still remain and no doubt will continue to do so with these stable weather conditions, but most of the garden seems to be just getting on with its seasonal routine again. Everywhere there are buds swelling and changing colour, from pinky tints on the amelanchier to little white globules on the wild plum and the blackthorn. I checked the early bud on Clematis alpina ‘Constance’, pleased to see more starting to appear lower down the plant, and the picture below suggests the outer petals are just about to start breaking apart. This is the earliest of my clematis to flower, but throughout the garden more dry brown stems are wakening from dormancy and sprouting new growth.
Elsewhere in the borders all sorts of interesting new growth is evident, with those hardy perennials that remained green throughout the winter looking as fresh as ever, and the truly herbaceous ones exuberantly pushing up proof of their existence. Many label-less geraniums are reappearing , with one nudging up next to the pink fingers of this dicentra, and species tulips continue poke their spears of varied shades out of the bare brown earth.
The glories of the woodland edge border are reappearing from under their white blanket, and although some of the hellebores are still bowed down with responsibilities, most are springing back against the backdrop of snowdrops, emphasising the lateness of the latter’s performance this year. There will be snowdrops at Easter!
Lovely to see signs of new growth in spite of your snow, maybe your snow was keeping them warm! My clematis are sending out lots of promising shoots, but I haven’t seen my Dicentra yet. Everywhere is so frozen here, the ground, the pond, even the sun coming out still didn’t thaw it today and it will be freezing again tonight. Wishing you a Happy Easter Cathy, doesn’t seem right having snowdrops out for Easter does it!
And a Happy Easter to you too Pauline – it definitely is very odd still having snowdrops around to delight ust! Our cold has been very dry whereas yours followed your more recent rain and is presumably why your ground is so frozen. No sign of any change here but every day removes more evidence of the snow.
Yes, we are finally moving into spring! Yesterday I saw the first of my crocus bulbs in flower! Leaves from other bulbs are also emerging, as well as the virginia bluebells.
Exciting times! What is a virginia bluebell like, Jason?