February Blooms: Spots and Splashes

IMG_6788Apart from the cool whites and greens of the special snowdrop border with its complementary hellebores (above), the snowdrops in the woodland edge border below…

IMG_6805…the  elusively fragranced Lonicera fragrantissima (which defies in-focus photography) and Sarcococca humilis below:

IMG_6777…most of February’s blooms are in the form of spots and splashes of colour around the garden – but what wonderfully welcome spots and splashes they are! Like the crocus and narcissi below:

IMG_6779… the later flowering witch hazels (clockwise from top left: Pallida, Amethyst, Harry and Arnold Promise):

GBBD.Feb16.2… a selection of hellebores:

GBBD.Feb16.1…winter flowering clematis ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Freckles’:

GBBD.FEb16.6…spots of flowers and spots of leaves of pulmonaria:

GBBD.Feb16.3… native and hybridised primroses:

GBBD.FEb16.4… and, hurrah! a perfect and un-nibbled bloom of Iris unguicularis, shown alongside Rhododendron ‘Cheers’ and Cyclamen coum:

GBBD.Feb16.5Carol of May Dream Gardens hosts this Garden Bloggers Blooms Day around the 15th of every month, so do see visit her blog to see what spots and splashes other gardeners have found on their plots or if instead they are buried under several feet of snow.

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30 Responses to February Blooms: Spots and Splashes

  1. rickii says:

    You are really getting the jump on spring!

  2. AnnetteM says:

    I love your snowdrops and white hellebores together with other greenery. Very classy. That iris is very special too. You certainly have a wonderful spring garden already.

  3. Christina says:

    Great selection. Spring is really arriving in your garden.

  4. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Beautiful! Spring is already in your garden!

  5. Amy says:

    Plenty of beautiful splashes, Cathy! Is it usual for Rhododendron Cheers to be in bloom this early?! And your Hamamelis are splendid…!

  6. Renee says:

    Beautiful! The pattern on that iris is very intricate.

  7. Pretty! Your weather must be better than ours. We had a few things coming on and then another blast of cold. Maybe by next month…

  8. Sam says:

    Pre-spring spring flowers 🙂 all absolutely gorgeous, especially the hellebores.

  9. Your collection of various prespring andspring bloomers are beautiful. So many blooms outside. Makes me anxious for our area to warm up to spring.

  10. Kris P says:

    Your new snowdrop border with the hellebore accents is lovely, Cathy! I envy you all those luscious hellebores too.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – I am pleased with how well it is working and have also realised today that removing the magnolia also makes for a better view of the bed.

  11. Chloris says:

    You have some gorgeous February blooms. What superb hellebores and the primroses are such pretty colours. And with all your witch hazels , on a lovely day like today, why would you want to rush into spring? It is lovely just as it is.

  12. Anna says:

    Fabulous February flowerings Cathy. My mum has a couple of winter flowering clematis in her garden – armandii and ‘Wisley Cream’ I think. I must try to take some cuttings. I’m amazed at how early the pulmonarias are this year.

    • Cathy says:

      The cirrhosa type are great flowerers and I would certainly recommend them – I have lost a couple of armandii in the past and am reluctant to try again as I beleive they are quite fussy. I’ll read up on clematis cuttings and see what I can do…

  13. Wow…look at all those blooms. So jealous! We have snow here still and will for weeks to come it seems.

    • Cathy says:

      I suppose we all get used to our climatic norms – I wouldn’t anticipate all these beauties if we had several feet of snow every year 😉

  14. Glorious, and increasingly spring-like.

  15. susanpots says:

    You are giving me ‘plant envy’! What beautiful blooms!

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