Well no, Spring has NOT quite sprung yet, but it is thinking about it and along with new shoots on numerous herbaceous perennials and buds breaking on trees and hedges there are many other signs that the seasons are a’changing, like the impending arrival of fritillaries in the woodland (above) and the exciting appearance of the first green spikes of some of the hostas:
Drumstick primulas have not stayed around for long in the past here but now there is a lovely little clump in the streamside border which must be in at least its third season now:
Also looking promising is the spotty foliage of Erythronium dens-canis ‘Purple King’, something that also hasn’t done well in the past but was planted in growth rather than as a dry bulb this time so may fare better – I hope so:
I have loved the humble pulmonaria ever since taking a clump from the family home to my first adult one, moving it to other homes and adding to its number. A few years of disturbance seem to have ruled out any strikingly big clump for the time being, but I am hopeful they will come again in time. Here is ‘Blue Ensign’, one of the first to show colour this year:
Clematis alpina are a joy to see in early spring and in theory there should be one on each of the eight posts of the clematis colonnade; in practice, however, it looks as of at least one post will be missing its spring boost of colour this year. Although others have leaf buds ready to burst forth, only C alpina ‘Constance’ (below) has flower buds; she was new last year, replacing a mature specimen of the same variety which sadly lost the will to live after major upheaval when the colonnade was first revamped. Perhaps some of my recent ‘mystery clematis’ will turn out to be early ones!
A complete surprise on my ramble today was the first tulip, hidden amongst the vigorous foliage of Knautia macedonia – one of the species tulips, but I am never sure if it is ‘Tarda’ or ‘Turkestanica’, probably the latter:
The more observant amongst you might notice that there are in fact seven photographs today, but shhh, don’t tell Jon, the host of this Six on Saturday meme, and I might just get away with it. Do, however, visit his blog and see what other Sixes (or Sevens ) might have been posted on other blogs today