On the 15th of every month Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts a Blooms Day meme, where we can see what is flowering in each others gardens – at this time of year when there is such a variety of weather in different places it is particularly fascinating so do pop over to her blog and follow the links.
Here in the UK Midlands I tried very hard to find blooms other than snowdrops and witch hazels, knowing that not everyone can grow these beauties and not wanting to ram their gorgeousness down people’s throats any more than necessary, but it was a struggle. The hellebores are not quite ready yet, so I can only share H foetidus, H niger ‘Christmas Carol’ and the pleasant surprise of the first hellebore hybrids to reveal anything other than a very tight bud, an unnamed pink :
Top, left to right : Hamamelis ‘Harry’, Galanthus ‘Mrs Macnamara, G ‘Maidwell L’, H ‘Diana’
2nd row : G elwesii ‘Hiemalis’, G ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’, H ‘Orange Peel’, H ‘Spanish Spider’3rd row: G ‘Ophelia’, H ‘Pallida’, H ‘Jelena’, H ‘Magic Fire’
4th row: G ‘Atkinsii’, G ‘James Backhouse’, the first of the more common snowdrops G nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’, H vernalis ‘Amethyst’
Sorry (not really… well, perhaps just a bit)!! 🙂