I popped out today, taking advantage of the mild weather and it was pleasing to see how much growth the spring bulbs have put on since I last went out only a few days ago!
Of course, the worry now is about how the plants will manage if we get some cold or snowy weather? They ought to be OK, after all Snowdrops get their name for a reason!
The autumn Cherry seems to be blooming properly… Disappointed that I probably won’t get more blooms in spring now. I’ve been having difficulty getting shots of it, as although it’s mild, it’s also often grey or the sun is still low and I can’t get nice shots (considering cutting some branches for ease). The Garrya has also opened its blooms and is looking quite pretty.
New growth on Hellebore ‘Tutu’ looks promising and I’m hopeful for blooms soon.
Plenty of Snowdrops are appearing in the borders, as well as in a number of small pots I set up because the ground has been too wet to plant them. I haven’t checked if ‘Flore Pleno’ is coming up yet but must make a point to see if it has survived. Also, Muscari and Sedum are producing fresh growth.
I was so very excited when I spotted the tiny little pink dots in the border… Hopefully the Cyclamen Coum will eventually naturalise and we’ll have a nice little corner of them.
Primula have emerged above the fine mulch I laid; I really need to divide them up and pass some on to my mum. I lost a lot last year though, so hopefully they’ll soon multiply. Winter Jasmine has been blooming for a while now, and is now putting on a real show rather than the odd sporadic bloom.
Just as I was beginning to feel much better after a cold just before Christmas, on Friday my sinuses felt a little off and I’ve been having difficulty hearing out of my right ear (no surprise, as it always happens after a cold). I got home from work and my ear started to really hurt. I made the mistake of hoping for the best, had a terrible night with a mild fever and slept very little and decided to go to the walk-in centre first thing in the morning. I now have some ear spray, but I’m not convinced it’s my ear, but rather my sinus/throat causing the ear problems. My neck hurts as the lymph nodes are swollen and even my teeth hurt. I’m starving but can’t eat… Oh this is fun!