I am not referring to the recent suspicious cases of fritillary chomping, tulip beheading or even the newest crime of polyanthus pecking, but to the daily opening and closing of many of the current blooms according to the sun. The flowers can take on a completely different appearance when this happens – personally I prefer Lady Jane (above) when she is closed, her petals modestly and tightly tucked around her, but the jury is out on Tulipa praestans whose blooms take on a fiery appearance when the sun is out, blazing a glorious path to some unknown destination while they have a chance before subsiding to a bright but sedate pillar box red as the evening draws on. It doesn’t look like the same tulip, does it?
The wood anemones, now thickly carpeting most of the right hand side of the woodland, are a pleasure to behold, open or closed – I am just so thrilled that they have established so well. On the other side of the bark path through the trees are many clumps of bluebells, mostly budding up nicely, but I intend to inspect them and possibly replant those without buds a little deeper, in case this is what is holding them back – has anyone else had a problem with non-flowering bluebells? The wild garlic, still in manageable numbers, is not surprisingly carrying on regardless.