Noticing the first glimpses of yellow on the Tête-à-Tête outside the front door this morning I thought I would include a few other glimpses that I have had in the last day or two. Checking last year’s posts I see that the Tête-à-Tête here is emerging at about the same time as last year, facing ESE and therefore getting sun, when there is some, for much of the day. The ones at the back under the apple trees and beside the stream were a few weeks later last year but are in bud now and should be in flower earlier than before. I will happily admit I am not especially fond of the taller daffs and narcissi and find the miniature versions much more appealing.
I mentioned the bud on Rhododendron ‘Cheers’ (top right) a few days ago but this is its first showing here and it may well have few siblings this year due to last year’s dry summer – a shame, as the few rhododendrons there are were a real joy last season. The unnamed (I think, but will check) pulmonaria flowers (top left) also surprised me recently in the woodland edge extension – this one has not yet grown into the big clump that some others have, forming a statement of leaf form and colour for much of the season once they get going. You can just about see the first flowers emerging from buds on Hellebore foetidus, a joy to see as only last season this was a small and spindly self-sown seedling, long since orphaned. Moved to a new home with two or three siblings it has sprung into life and quickly formed an attractive small plant – such a lovely shade of green, and saved from being cut for Monday’s Lime Sorbet vase by the skin of its green-toothed leaves.
Not yet featured from the special snowdrop border are ‘Irish Green’ (left), one of the ‘bad hair day’ snowdrops, and the now more waspish looking ‘Wasp’ (right). It is a joy to view this border from the kitchen windows or at both start and end of every ramble.
I wonder what I shall be glimpsing in the garden tomorrrow, but in the meantime I feel I ought to apologise to both Sarcococca humilis and Lonicera fragrantissima for omitting to mention them on Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, as they have been filling the garden for weeks with their distinctive fragrances, following me on my rambles and deserving every good word they receive. What a good example they set for winter flowering shrubs!