Another wonderful day in the garden yesterday. The sun was out ALL day and so was I.
There still aren’t a lot of flowers showing, but the crocuses were blooming their socks off in the sunshine.
These early flowering crocuses (believe me they are early and would probably have flowered in February in England!) are a new variety for me this year. They look like little poached eggs.
Another pot of crocuses were starting to flower. They didn’t have quite the same impact but were pretty none the less. I don’t know how that purple one got in there!
In the rockery the Whitewell Purple are not quite so stunning as last year, but I found many of the bulbs sitting on the surface a week or so ago, so that has held them back a bit. Looks like one of them may have even jumped into the pot shown above.
While in the Romantic Border a larger white variety is also flowering. I think this is Jeanne D’arc because of the vivid orange stamens and the purple stripe on the stem.
The Iris reticulata have been adding lovely splashes of blue for weeks now and they are still not all out. I think the cold weather has extended their flowering period immensely.
I am glad I tried some new varieties this year, (Clairette and Pauline), but I think the vivid blue and yellow of Harmony takes some beating.
At the top garden this G.elwesii has lovely markings.
While at the side of the house the Narcissus ‘Tête á Tête’ really make us feel spring has arrived.
I have planted some English lavendar in between the bulbs. The French ones I put in a few years ago are looking rather sickly and will probably have to come out.
Finally, let me share with you a new Erysimum I have just bought from the garden centre.
I already have the common purple Bowles Mauve, a rather delicate looking Apricot delight and a deliciously fragrant Yellow Bird. But it was love a first sight when I saw Winter Passion! Although I was actually looking for some ferns for my stumpery, I just had to buy this plant. It wasn’t cheap, but I reckoned I could get a few cuttings from it in the Autumn to make it a better deal. I will have to protect it from any frosts before then though.
Just look at the lovely rich coloured flowers – and they are slightly scented too.
Well that is it for this month. Lots of bulbs have started growing now, so next month we should have a lot of different tulips and narcissus flowers.
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this meme. Why not pop over to see what other gardens around the world have in flower today.