We have continued with gloriously sunny days this week, albeit with the downside of frosts at night – it’s strange how one can almost forget, after the lower light levels of a winter season, the joys that a bright and sunny day can bring.
The sunshine and added warmth have encouraged many new joys in the garden, firstly the sudden bursting into bloom of these Iris reticulata, potted last autumn ready for sale at our cancelled open day a fortnight ago – they have clearly had a discussion amongst themselves and decided to open simultaneously. In the Coop, the first hippeastrum (‘Red Lion) is also showing colour:
The hellebores are much later than some years, but some are now in full bloom, like Harvington Double Spotted – but you need to take a cheeky look up her skirts to see the flowers properly:
It’s not just blooms that are surprising me on my regular rambles, but new growth on herbaceous perennials, like the ubiquitous aquilegia and geranium that make a valuable contribution to our borders. I was amazed at how red the fresh geranium (probably Ann Folkard) growth is:
In bloom sooner than these are the first Anemone blanda, at the edge of the increasingly overgrown hedge border. There must be 3 or 4 white pulmonaria at the front of this border too although there is very little sign of them, and I have half a mind to replace the soil which is pretty poor and full of pebbles – as I realised when our moley visitor left us several heaps of it. Having spotted these anemones, I had a quick look in the woodland to see if the wood anemones were pushing through yet too – they probably are, but not obviously so.
Halfway through our sunny week and we were blessed with the first open narcissus, a clump of ‘Tête-à-tête’ outside the front door, where they get the full benefit of the morning sun; these will soon be joined by those in the streamside grass where they will mingle with the Crocus tommasinianus. Most years the crocus have been over before the narcissi bloom, but this hasn’t been the case for the last couple of years, where they have bloomed simultaneously, all weather-related, no doubt.
There will be more new growth being celebrated on other Six on Saturday contributions, so why not visit our host Jon the Propagator to see them?