I had just finished planting the new roses and set off with my camera for today’s pictures when the dampness of the day suddenly transformed itself into a distinct wetness, so with dripping camera and gradually soggier clothes I rushed round as quickly as I could to record what was blooming on Garden Bloggers Blooms day in February this year. Carol at May Dreams Garden hosts this meme on the 15th of every month so do click on the link to find further links to blooms in other blogger’s gardens.
The primroses shown above have been in sporadic bloom for a few months, but there are now several clumps which are flowering their socks off – not just established clumps in the little woodland (right), but also the two clumps that were transplanted last year to brighten up the area next to the stone trough outside the kitchen window. A family of rats came to drink from the trough today, but had gone before I could get my camera – I have seen single ones here before, but not a family group. The primroses are easily split and I shall be dividing established clumps as the weeks go by, gradually extending their presence in the woodland.
There were hellebores flowering at this time last time last year, but not quite coming into their own till March, whereas there are new discoveries to be made and exclaimed over every day at the moment – the subtle differences in colour, shading, markings, leaves, height and attitude all contributing to their appeal :
The witch hazels are earlier than last year too and although some are past their best they have been and still are stunning – I really hope to buy some more to add to the collection. Here we have, clockwise from top left: Arnold Promise, Ruby Glow and Zuccariniana, Diane and Harry. Lovely, every one of them….
There are lots more purple spikes of Crocus tommasinianus appearing in the grass by the stream and in time perhaps they will all grow into clumps like the established one on the left. During one of the sunny spells earlier in the week I caught some of this clump opening up, thinking I wasn’t looking! In the newish hedge (ex D****’s Plant) border there is the first show of colour on the Crocus ‘Snow Bunting’ that were planted last autumn, leaving me wondering why I hadn’t ordered 100 instead of just 50 of them….
Elsewhere in the garden there are several polyanthus in pots, those just coming into flower still looking pristine whereas those already flowering off and on looking rather bedraggled from all the rain. Lots of Tête-à-Tête’ are showing buds but it will be a few weeks before they will be tempted into flower, still earlier than last year. A big surprise today was a sliver of pink on Rhododendron ‘Cheers’ – one of only 3 or 4 buds after last year’s dry summer. The snowdrops are of course also bringing daily doses of joy, the species snowdrop border being in view of the kitchen windows with numerous groups of white heads bobbing about, holding their own private family conversations.
Snowdrops in the woodland edge border are a little behind the specials as usual, although the floro pleno are opening in advance of their more common cousins. A week or two and a little more sunshine will see this border awash with white – and splitting the bigger clumps every year has helped increase the colony fairly rapidly. Contrary to what it might seem, that is not me standing naked and knee deep in the background of the photograph!