Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – February 2014
It’s been difficult to blog recently; unsure when to; should I wait or just post photos now?? Things won’t change THAT much between now and then… the past two weeks have flown by; it’s the whole waiting for the rain to stop that’s doing it. I’m still waiting for a day/weekend to get out into the garden. And it just isn’t happening.
Regardless of the rain though, the garden is moving ahead, the Irises are out now but I have even less this year than previously as I haven’t replenished my bulbs for the past two years. It isn’t a great loss, because I don’t get to see them away thanks to the afore-mentioned wet stuff.
Hellebores are doing well and I’m just waiting for the fancy types to fully open… Also I’m pleased with how the Snowdrop clumps are maturing under the cherry tree. They are adding much welcome interest at the moment. Oh and the Primula Vulgaris are there, they’re only small though which is unusual compared to previous years.
I forgot to get any close-ups of Stinking Hellebore, it has quite a few blooms and I’m pleased as this is the first year it has bloomed. Nice start!
‘Flore pleno’ Snowdrops appeared as if some nowhere and have once again nibbled at. I’m really getting fed up with whatever it is eating some of the blooms and leaving them a mess. My normally large clumps in the ‘right’ and side borders have all been chewed. So no pretty photos of them this year. There are other large(ish) clumps, but they’re not in such nice, sunny positions.
One moment the Tommies weren’t there, the next there are a few patches around the garden.
I’m almost tempted to say ‘niger’ is my favourite Hellebore. Especially when backlit and unblemished, its blooms are unrivalled for their pure beauty.
Ask me if I feel the same way once the others are open… see what I say then.
Some Dianthus have been blooming in the trough under the front window for a week or two now… I’m not sure how one ended up in the border; it could’ve been the high winds or as I walked past, damaged it and it somehow flicked into the border??
Of course, I can’t miss out the Autumn Cherry.
Although, that does remind me. I missed out the Cyclamen and Violas which I specifically took photos for GBBD!
Oh yes, and I even have my first Irises now… A little late on that announcement as they’ve been out almost a week now. I think the wet weather has left me feeling totally detached from the garden and subsequently finding it difficult to blog about.
I wonder if the wet weather will have a huge impact on the insects? I’m guessing it will. As it’s warm enough to coax them out of hibernation, but they can’t fly or get to the blooms. I fear yet another shocking year for them.
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