Admiring emerging snowdrops (or counting their spots, the new sport suggested in comments on Chloris’s blog recently) conveniently bridges the gap between the leaner winter months and the rapid growth of the garden in spring. Fortunately, the Golfer has also bridged the gap and erected the scaffolding (albeit in a Heath Robinson-ish sort of way) over the special snowdrop border so he could continue trimming the hedge behind it. Time is indeed of the essence, as the hedge trimming needs to be completed before the birds start getting frisky and want to build their nests which, as we all know, happens on Valentine’s Day, barely a week away.
So far, no snowdrops have been harmed either by falling holly trimmings or falling Golfers and admiration of them continues unabated. Here is Fuzz, more spiky than fuzzy:
Lady Elphinstone, with a hint of her yellow petticoats:
The squat-petalled Trumps:
The 6 outer-petalled Godfrey Owen:
Stalwart and stout Lady Beatrix Stanley:
The striking cleric, Reverend Hailstone:
and old favourite and individualist, Blewberry Tart:
We can also bridge the gap by checking out what is happening in other bloggers’ gardens, and I had a pleasant surprise last week when I was contacted by Waltons (supplier of sheds, log cabins and other garden structures), informing me that they planned to include Rambling in the Garden in a feature entitled ’13 Glorious Garden Blogs’ – do take a look and you will see other familiar blogs so I am clearly in good company! Thank you to Mal at Waltons for this feature, one of several which also include ’19 amazing allotment blogs’ and ’10 brilliant beekeepers blogs’, which together form a useful resource to inspire and inform.
This year I am also bridging the gap by popping into the RHS Early Spring Plant Fair in London on my way to visit Elder Daughter and The Poppet – I shall be there mid morning for a couple of hours or so on Tuesday 14th February and if any other bloggers are visiting at a similar time I would love to say hello!