Today has been a lovely, sunny day. I’d almost even claim it was warm. Almost.
Some of the snowdrops opened, but I didn’t like to venture up the garden to take photos of the groups under the cherry tree… Why not? Because there’s still some snow on the grass, and I didn’t want to risk damaging the already damaged, clay soil.
I also spotted ‘flore pleno’. I was quite shocked actually, because last time I looked there was no sign of it and generally it blooms later than ‘nivalis’. There’s only one this year, and I hope the others soon appear, but I plan to buy some anyway for pots so this is my prompt to visit the local garden centre in the hope they now have them in stock (they didn’t a few weeks ago).
There are a few groupings closer to the house where I can enjoy them from the warmth inside, as well as take photos of them in the late winter sun.
A cheeky fly took advantage of the fact one bloom hadn’t yet fully emerged from its protective skin, but it was able to enjoy the nectar/pollen.
Assuming the snow melts over the next few days – which it ought, as we’re due to get to around 7 degrees – I aim to chop the willow down on Wednesday when the car has its service and I’ll be stuck at home. I also desperately need to tidy the cherry border; the fern fronds have almost all died under the snow and are now a black, rotting mess. It will also give me the opportunity to look out for anemone and other spring plants emerging.
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