I have been dithering about whether to post anything this month. I have quite a few evergreen shrubs for winter interest, but not a lot of flowers. My excuse has always been that the weather is too awful in February to be wandering round the garden so it didn’t really matter. However when it comes to sharing blooms, I am left rather lacking.
I do have a few things I would like to share with you though.
Firstly my self seeded (not from my garden) Hellebore, is in flower. I haven’t yet developed the love that most people seem to have for these plants, but I was delighted to find that I had one growing in a difficult place in my garden AND IT WAS FREE! This could be the plant that changes my feelings forever.
Snowdrops, on the other hand, I have always loved, but not enough to fill my garden with expensive varieties. I have to confess that this year, though, I have been getting very excited about them for the first time.
It started when I began reading snowdrop posts with a lot more interest.
Then I started to look online and found I could get some other varieties that didn’t cost the earth.
But the event that convinced me I was getting the bug was when I discovered two, not one but two, different varieties already growing in my garden. There I was down on my knees looking at the petals and little green markings along with the rest of the already smitten population.
I remembered planting half a dozen bulbs in Autumn 2013, but couldn’t remember what they were. I never thought I would get so excited when I discovered they had different markings from the common Galanthus nivalis. It was like finding gold, and had me scurrying to hunt through my old bulb packets. Yes it was different – it was an elwesii! My first different snowdrop – or so I thought.
Then, when I was taking photographs yesterday, I was looking closer at some snowdrops that have been in the garden as long as I can remember. They are little doubles and nestle wonderfully near the trunk of a big beech tree. I expect they are Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ as these seem to be quite common.
There are two more pieces of evidence that point towards a more serious addiction problem.
Firstly, I have booked to go and visit a snowdrop garden about an hour’s drive north in a farm that is taking part in the Scottish Snowdrop festival. Please pray for nice weather on Thursday so I can get some good photographs.
Secondly I have already added Galanthus ‘Wasp‘ to my Christmas list for next year – even though it will arrive rather late!
Anyway enough about snowdrops. I do have a few other flowers out in my garden.
I can’t really claim to have grown these as they were only planted a few days ago, but they are already brightening up the garden.
I have only just realised that there are two common varieties of Winter Aconite: Eranthis hyemalis and Eranthis cilicus. The ones I bought in the garden centre are the latter and are supposed to have larger flowers and finer leaves. However, they don’t multiply as easily and like a sunnier spot. Just as well I planted them in the rockery, then, where they will get full sun!
I couldn’t resist buying these little Cyclamen, even though they don’t seem to survive in my garden. It is worth having them just for one year.
The Vinca has a its first flowers,
and a few Anemone blanda are breaking though the ground.
Crocuses are beginning to emerge and it will soon be time to try matching up the actual with the labels to see what is what.
Now is the time that the Spring flowering Scottish Heathers really come into their own.
My garden still feels quite dormant, but there is evidence of a lot more spring flowers about to come out so maybe next bloom day I will have more to show you.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting GBBD each month, do pay her a visit to see what is blooming this month.