On this, the last weekend of Winter, a week of showers, sun and mild weather has the garden already looking to the season ahead, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
All over the garden, plants are warming up for the Spring foot-race that becomes an all out marathon in the weeks ahead.
I’ve already shown the Muscari armeniacum which have been blooming in the most sheltered area of the garden, but I love them, and they deserve another look.
It shows the power of the micro-climate: elsewhere in the garden, the Muscari have only just started to emerge, such as this little pink variety….
Narcissi are the stalwart of the early spring garden. The dwarf varieties have been flowering for weeks, and while they are fading, still look good enough to bring a smile:
The taller Narcissus varieties have also started to open
I’ll have to be quick however, there is a Cockatoo that is visiting the garden who likes to munch on all of the flower spikes. I am finding half-chewed stems everywhere (!)
Unfortunately for the daffodils, the Cockatoo also takes all of the leaves off, which means the bulbs will likely perish, and unfortunately for me, the Cockatoo only seems to like the more unusual varieties, leaving the bog-standard yellow ones untouched 😦
The very first Anemone coronaria has opened.
I adore these flowers.
This was part of a mixed “De-Caan” hybrid pack, so there should also be some red and white ones to follow, but so far I can see only blue buds….
Ipheon uniflorum have been in flower since mid-winter but continue to look lovely:
Helleborus continue to impress with their deep, rich colours:
In the most sheltered areas of the garden, Primulas are in almost full-swing:
Bellis perennis have kept a vigil all winter-long, and are still lovely:
Papaver nudicale, normally a short-lived annual for most gardeners, spot flower for most of the year, but the first spring flushes are still a joy to behold.
Shrubs are also getting in on the act, with the earliest-blooming azaleas starting to make an appearance.
These lovely blooms belong to Rhododendron spinuliferum ‘Crossbill’:
The ever brash crimson of the early flowering Azalea indica ‘Red-wing’:
Another early flowering Rhododendron (unknown cultivar) in brilliant magenta:
And what of the early flowering variety that got caught in a snow-fall two weeks ago as I planted it? Many expressed concerns that it would be okay. Well, here it is; the carmine buds of Rhododendron ‘Robyn’ have turned to a soft lilac-pink:
The Camellia japonica ‘Hino-Maru’ in the hedge-row along the property line is also delightful:
And, lastly for this weeks’ wrap-up is the delightful scent of my little Daphne odora in bloom.
Amazing to think that such a small plant can fill the air with a delightful fragrance!
Happy Gardening 🙂