The garden did look pretty with that first coating of snow the other week, but I was pleased to see the back of it. During that time I only went into the garden to put out fresh food and water for the birds.
The ground cover plants were hidden except for a Hellebore hybrid. It’s a few years old and has lovely pink nodding flowers, I could it see all the way from my kitchen window. When the snow had gone I could see the others, white flowers with pink speckles on the inside and more with creamy flowers. I was happy to see a few self-sets flowering for the first time too, they’ve taken several years to flower.
As a keen and passionate gardener I think time flies, its midwinter and like many other gardeners I’m working and looking ahead to the next season and the next. It’s amazing how quickly some plants are already surfacing and filling out. The snowdrops and pulmonarias are flowering, the Cyclamen coum have spread and grown into larger clumps. The wild primroses that I divided last year and planted around have suddenly appeared from nowhere. I know it won’t be long before they will show off their little creamy flowers with yellow centres; looking so clean and fresh.
I can see where all the spring bulbs are growing now and it’s my last opportunity this season to plant some more. They’re on sale growing in pots ready to plant and boost my spring display. I’ve chosen a pretty little Irise called Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’; its fragrant royal-blue flowers with white flecks have a touch of the exotic to me and I always love to see the larger irises later in early summer.
I’ve also picked out some daffodils because in my garden they all have yellow petals so I’ve chosen some short varieties with white petals and yellow cups, these should fit in nicely. Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe’, ‘Minnow’ and ‘Canaliculatus’, all look really pretty and will grow to about fifteen to twenty centimetres high and will fit in perfectly with the other plants there. The first two have the R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit.