Flower Friday and GBBD – February 2013
Despite the snow, the garden is actually producing a good show at the moment. OK, so there aren’t copious amounts of blooms; however, there are now plenty of signs fresh growth with leaves on Elder, Rose and Dwarf Russian Almond all beginning to break free.
It’s a tough decision… Do I start with the ‘almost theres’ or the current bloomers? Hrm.
Let’s save the good stuff for last?
The below photos were taken 6 days ago… So I imagine the Elder leaves will be better developed now… And perhaps the Dicentra will be a little taller? It will be a long time before I see Dicentra blooms though.
The next wave of Iris are arriving, and I really need to pop to B&Q to pick up some cheapo bulbs in the green! Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the snow now and I can actually get out and about… That is once I have my car back (it’s being serviced, oh and I managed to forget to empty it out before handing it over so the boot is a mess. Doh!)
Anyway, where were we? Iris, yes. They’re beginning to bloom in other pots now, and those posted previously have survived the snow just fine – in fact I think it’s extended their bloom for an extra week. Erysimum is beginning to bloom too; I’m not sure which one this is right now but it’s one that starts out red and changes to purple as the blooms mature. On another tangent… my mature ‘Bowles Mauve’ will need replacing this year I think… The snow has bent them over, so although they’re producing lots of fresh buds, they’re now almost in the soil… Oh well.
There will soon be more yellow in the garden with the addition of Forsythia, I checked my white version too and it’s not particularly showing any sign of blooms yet.
Sanguisorba leaves are so difficult to catch on camera when they first emerge… I’ve tried a few times now over the last 2/3 weeks with poor luck…. They are definitely there though! I’m confident I’ll have a good Tulipa Turkestanica show this year, as I planted quite a few more in autumn. And, what is it about new Sedum growth that makes it somehow look cute?? Is it just me?!
And the last of the ‘almost theres’ is the crazy blooming head of one of the Erygimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ which looks to be going a little mad… We’ll see how it develops! The first Allium has appeared; I want to check my photos from last year because I’m sure this is the earliest I’ve ever seen growth on them. And finally, fresh leaves on black Elder.
Tete-a-tete is almost there and I’m looking forward to its cheerful little face brightening the borders. These are surrounded by the dead growth of Lobelia, which had still been alive until the snow so I haven’t yet been able to remove it. Next up are the tiny undeveloped blooms of Muscari which I imagine will probably bloom in a few weeks. The Heather has only a few blooming stems this year; I think I cut it back too late and left no old wood for it to bloom from. However there’s plenty of fresh so hopefully next year will be pretty amazing.
I seem to have some Snowdrop mutations in one clump. They’re all Nivalis, and I think one has mutated a little as it’s divided. Colour is on its outer tepals rather than the inners so I’ll be taking some macro shots of them soon! 🙂 I’ll have to think up names for my new discovery (joking!).
And finally, Russian Dwarf Almond has leaves and buds now! I’m really looking forward to its beautiful blooms!
Winter Jasmine continues to bloom… How many weeks now?? Seems to have been a lifetime!
Another plant hanging on in there for weeks is the unknown Hellebore (centre photo in the triptych)… It’s taken weeks to open and still it’s keeping me waiting!
Plants in the cherry border are generally all looking very haggard and worse for wear after all the snow. They should soon perk up as temperatures increase.
I’m quite pleased with the snowdrops in the cherry border this year; I planted lots of snowdrops, crocus, and Bluebells in autumn and there seems to be a high success rate so far.
Another Hellebore keeping me waiting is ‘Tutu’ in the window border, at least for now Cyclamen Coum are adding colour.
Of course, I have to feature some Snowdrops too!
You can breathe a sigh of relief now; we’re onto our last collage!
I love the shade of Iris Reticulata (but I love all purple) and an unknown Primula are blooming in the front garden… This Primula I suspect has come from next door, as have the Spanish Bluebells and Crocosmia. Or perhaps I gave them to her? They were here when we moved in anyway…
And finally, a little teeny, tiny sneak peek at the mutated Snowdrop with colour on its outer tepals…