End of Month – January 2013
So, the snow has gone and it’s time to begin exploring and reacquainting with the garden after so long of constant white… Walking up to the house yesterday I noticed the Cyclamen are now blooming in the front window border… I look forward to them naturalising and having more in subsequent years. I also noticed my first Tete a Tete are budding in one of the pots by the front door; until now I’d only seen the very first tips of any Daffs/Narcissi coming up so they really were working hard underneath that snow!
Winter Jasmine is still relatively difficult to get close enough to for photos… Hopefully it’ll have another good year and produce enough growth for me to easily reach.
As the sun rises in the sky, I’m finally able to get sunny photos of a few areas; it will be a while yet before any sun reaches the back of the garden.
Hellebore Niger is blooming and I’m just waiting for the rest to follow suit, so far two others are near blooming but the rest were a fair bit behind when I last took photos 5 days ago.
The first Muscari blooms also seem to have survived the snow; well before it hit I noticed the very first buds on them appearing and worried that perhaps the snow would damage their fragile growth. They look to be OK, but I’ll wait to see how the look once the petals fully form.
After almost 5 years I’m finally getting some nice clumps of Snowdrops, this one below especially seems to have gone nuts with plenty of new shoots appearing at the base.
I’m a little concerned about the Iris show this year, as I didn’t get any bulbs in autumn and have a terrible feeling I’m not going to get so many coming up in the pots this year… I think a trip to pick some up ‘in the green’ is on the cards.
However, I did spot the first Anemone and Tulipa Turkestanica growth today! Woo hoo.
Sadly, although unsurprisingly the blooms on the autumn Cherry were heavily damaged… most were browned and very unsightly… Still holding out for a spring show in April/May…
Almost all the borders now have spring bulbs popping up; a sure sign that it’s on its way