Winter Gems in Mid February

With double-digit temperatures yesterday and periods of sunshine instead of the promised showers, I managed to take the promised video of the winter gems – some of the winter gems, that is, because despite thinking before Christmas that everything looked as if they would be early, in practice it has almost been the opposite. Witch hazels and special snowdrops are at their peak, but the common snowdrops and hellebores are nowhere near that yet, and many potential bloomers have not yet made an appearance – last year I compiled a list of over 70 different species for visitors to look out for on our February open day, but this year perhaps less than half of those are in bloom yet…that’s UK seasons for you!

What struck me yesterday, apart from the snowdrops and hellebores and witch hazels looking more themselves, was the crocus – the streamside grass which you will see early on in the video was suddenly speckled with the purple of Crocus tommasinianus, throwing their arms open with joy at the relative warmth of the February sun. Their friends in the adjacent shrub border, which were nothing but short tufts of green yesterday, are today now clothed in purple too (above), a clear indicator of how quickly a garden can move from winter to spring, given the right weather conditions.

However, it’s not spring yet though, so watch the video and enjoy some winter gems instead.


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20 Responses to Winter Gems in Mid February

  1. FlowerLady says:

    I enjoyed walking around your garden seeing the winter beauties. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  2. Cathy says:

    Loved the tour Cathy. Seeing such a lush green garden is a treat right now! I think Spring is not far off now, but your garden has so much to offer in late winter too. Such a great acihevement and worthy of praise! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I have obviously had snowdrops and witch hazels for some years, but it was posts from Chloris that encouraged me to consciously add plants for winter interest. I will try to add the list of winter bloomers soon, but I couldn’t format it to include it in the post – when I compiled it last year I was really surprised how the numbers added up!

  3. Debra says:

    I enjoy your beautiful garden! It may still be winter, but spring is peeking through. πŸ™‚

  4. Heather F. says:

    That is delightful! What is the over-arching green vine (tree?) at about 4:05?

  5. Chloris says:

    I noticed things are later this year. Winter aconites and tommies were out in January last year. My hellebores and snowdrops are still shaking themselves and tentatively trying to stand up straight after being covered in snow for a week.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it’s very different from last year here, and yet wasn’t the previous winter generally colder? Keeps us on our toes, anyway! I keep finding more hellebores that are only just coming through now – must check when my tommies were out last year… I know they were out at the same time as the Tete a Tete for the first time

  6. Cathy thank you very much for your wonderful video: walk through your divine garden as if I were there enjoying it. Open hyacinths and other bulbs about to open in the Coop, I love it. The saffron covering the green soil and many bulbs grown and about to start creating their buds, I love them. All the witch hazel are dazzling, magnificent, I love them. Wonderful, divine special snowdrops – I love them. Lovely common snowdrops, I really like them. The elΓ©boros are in perfect condition and divine, I love them. The ivy with its black berries is beautifully charming, I love it. Cathy, your garden is so green and full of life that you can tell that it is slowly heading towards spring: it is wonderful, divine, I love it. Cathy enjoy your gems. Take good care of yourself and the golfer, and keep yourself safe. Good weekend. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      There is so much coming to life in it at the moment, Margarita, and the temperature only seems to have to rise a few degrees for the changes to begin

  7. Noelle M says:

    Lets get the music a mention: great to have some whilst pirouetting round your spring garden. Wow for the snowdrops, and the flowering shrubs.

    • Cathy says:

      Haha, yes, in my head I probably do pirouette around the garden but perhaps not in practice πŸ˜‰ Trying to find music free of copyright to add to YouTube videos is not easy and I ought to spend a bit of time trying to find some alternatives, although I am happy with this one for the time being

  8. Anna says:

    I’ve just waltzed round your garden Cathy which was a most tranquil and pleasant experience Cathy, although I did miss commentary and your dulcet tones explaining what is what. I would have liked to linger longer in one particular spot but no prizes for guessing where πŸ˜‚

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, thanks Anna. I have friends who say they like the commentary too, but it’s very much easier recording it without one. I would still like to be able to add labels and headings within them, but don’t want to spend any more time seeking a user-friendly video editor at the moment

  9. I am sooo envious…but happy for you, too! πŸ™‚

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