Galanthus ‘Jaquenetta’ and Galanthus ‘Maidwell L’
Galanthus ‘Mrs MacNamara’ & Galanthus ‘Upcher’
Galanthus ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ & what is probably a Galanthus hiemalis
Galanthus ‘Walrus’ and …. cake
Every extra degree of mildness has given the snowdrops a boost and even though none of the buds have fully opened some are getting close, with new contenders bursting through almost every day and requiring regular inspections. Today, though, I had planned to inspect birds instead and had just donned my Bird Watcher’s hat ready to start an hour’s tally for the Big Garden Birdwatch when the pleasant morning, without so much as a by your leave, turned its back and brought rain, hail, thunder and lightning to the garden and the birds sensibly stopped at home. The Golfer, however, was on the roof with his Roofing hat, insisting the storm wasn’t overhead – but quickly rejoined me in the kitchen at the next flash of lightning. Abandoning the birdwatch, I put on my Chef’s hat and made a lemon flavoured Victoria sandwich (yum yum) and filled it with some of the lemon curd I made earlier in the week – double yum yum!
If only I was a baker – I’d have stuck at home baking cakes instead of traipsing around the supermarket! I take it you’ll be doing your count tomorrow – I hope the weather holds up for you.
Snowdrops are lovely, I especially like the fat bud on G. Janquenetta.
The birds will have to be up in the morning as we shall have to do it first thing, regardless of the weather! I have about 3 or 4 different Greatorex doubles which I bought 2 years ago but which didn’t flower last year so I am patiently(ish) waiting for their big fat buds to open this year!
The mild weather has brought all the snowdrops on, even G. nivalis are up and open. We were lucky enough to have sunshine this morning which opened the flowers nicely, now though the wind has increased and the rain is back once more!
Ooh, your nivalis too! I have noticed a few white buds in our woodland edge border, so they will definitely be flowering much earlier than last year – must check back to see when it was. It was a lovely morning here too – but we were out! Hope you are not too wet tomorrow – the forecast is not very good.
These flowers are lovely. Amazing how they bloom so early. The cake looks divine.
The snowdrops have had an easy job of it this year because it has been so mild (so far, anyway)!
Very sensible of you both. And the cake looks yum. Nice to meet your newcomers too 🙂
Double yum, and perfect for luring the golfer down from the roof. And hurrah, even I can tell that ‘Walrus’ is a different sort of snowdrop 😉 I am hoping to count birds today, though I suspect I already know the answer – two blackbirds and a robin…
Tee hee! Hope you were pleasantly surprised and had some unexpected additions to your anticipated bird count (but don’t get too ambitious as there is a limit to our gullibility…) 🙂
A warm welcome to all your beauties, Cathy! As for the golfer: I do hope he’s not always such a dare devil 😉 Enjoy your sunday
He would be OK if he fell as the available landing space is chocabloc with scaffolding, and low ceilings mean less height for the roof anyway! Being an engineer by ‘trade’ he is very safety conscious, but thanks for your concern Annette – although he is not as young as he used to be.
The snowdrops are really coming on now Cathy and seem so much earlier than last year. Nice to see some familiar faces as well as meet a couple of strangers especially galanthus ‘Cake’. Glad to hear that The Golfer got off the roof quickly. We had thunder too yesterday accompanied by a veritable downpour which was quite dramatic whilst it lasted. However I got my bird count in before the heavens opened 🙂
Indeed Anna, and I am doubly pleased as I had such a poor show last year so with the newbies that hadn’t flowered before it is becoming a real treat as every day goes by. It’s not been quite as wet here today – but inconsiderately it stayed dry overnight before starting again 😉
How lovely to have our snowdrops coming out so early. Mrs. MacNamara is on my wish list, thank you for showing it to me. And you have Walrus too, do you like him? I hope you haven’t left the Golfer on the roof in all this rain.
The Golfer is drying out nicely and will no doubt be soaking in a hot bath soon 😉 I do like Walrus – but I like anything quirky! 🙂
So many different snowdrops to love!
Yes indeed, Donna, and more to show you in a little while 😉