The crocus in the streamside grass area always take me by surprise because until they start showing purple spears they just look like…well…grass. From the number of purple spears visible they are definitely multiplying nicely and will open up and look a real picture on the next sunny day that has any real warmth in it. They are also popping up on the other side of the path, now the shrub border, and will be systematically eased out and replanted in the grass. Similar adjustments need to be made in the extension to the bold border, where snowdrops are appearing in both singles and clumps, having been overlooked when this new area was dug over. They will be moved back into the woodland edge border where I divide clumps on a regular basis, almost always while they are still in flower, whisking them out and straight back into a new hole.
As well as snowdrops and crocuses there is new life in the Tête-a-Tête narcissi planted under the apple trees and in the streamside grass, many quite close too flowering, which seems much earlier than some years – I am sure they are usually several weeks behind the former two, but if I check back in the blog I might find it’s nothing like that at all! The ones in the little raised bed outside the front door are even more advanced, getting the benefit of any morning sun because of the easterly aspect.
Also coming along nicely is the raised bed for the special snowdrops, as I was able to take advantage of warmer and sunnier days on Tuesday and Wednesday to get the brickwork completed. Still undecided about a row of bricks at the back of the border, this changed once I realised I had already built a brick edging here some years ago, now partially covered by ferns and ivy, but which would give a good solid base to another course. As there were bricks left over from the main construction this afterthought was quickly added today, another dry day, just requiring a few more bricks to complete the task. In yesterday’s more inclement weather some of the non-snowdrop occupants were temporarily removed from the border, but the snowdrops will be removed, the soil dug and the raised bed filled in small sections at a time, disturbing the preciouses as little as possible. Hopefully this will be completed over the weekend, weather permitting of course!