Although many of the species snowdrops, as mentioned recently, are showing fat white buds tucked between their emerging leaves, ‘Maidwell L’ and the lethargic unknown one were the only ones push pushing a stem upwards and onwards – or so I thought, as it seems unlikely that ‘Mrs McNamara’ jumped to attention overnight and here she is today (above left), making the race to the flowering line a little more interesting. On second thoughts, watching the daily progress of these special snowdrops couldn’t really get any more interesting – or could it?! I am confident that ‘Maidwell L’ will be there first, and am convinced she was even more fully open this afternoon than she was when the photograph was taken. It is not apparent from these pictures, but ‘Mrs McNamara’ is a far more petite creature than this other particular bedfellow.
The Golfer is aiming to finish some planters for someone else before he makes his contribution to my screen project, so I have had to content myself today with extracting the honeysuckle from the other screen (the one at the end of the woodland edge border), cutting it back to lower buds and bundling the stems together with string to keep them out of the way when the rest of the work is done around them. Both plants are only about 18 months old and have put on a lot of growth in that time, so should quickly regenerate as the year progresses. The existing trellis could have been taken apart to extract the stems instead, but trying to thread them into the new trellis would have rendered the exercise pointless.