Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 15/2/2016


February is really becoming hellebore time in my garden although unusually I haven’t added to the collection yet this year although I am sure there is still time. Above is a selection of some of those that are looking good this week. Interestingly the colours don’t seem as strong this year with Anna’s Red looking no darker than my long-established dark pink hellebore and the yellows seem very pale.


I need to relocate some of the hellebores so the flowers are easier to see and I don’t have to step into border to take photos.


I do like the yellows so I might see about adding to these instead of more purple and pinks.


Crocus tommasinianus are beginning to spread under the Field Maple which is very satisfying.  Sadly this year with the seemingly endless overcast days it is rare that the flowers are actually open so I was lucky to catch these crocus open the other day.

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I’m also really pleased to find some hepaticas flowering this year.  I planted two groups last year in opposite sides of the garden to try to work out what was the right environment for them.  It seems that the more shady damper area is preferred to the dry shade area so I will relocate the hepaticas from the less desirable spot.


The snowdrops are also slowly but surely spreading around the garden and are beginning to form a white haze on the back slope.


I have a growing number of named varieties in the garden, acquiring a few more each year.  I think this is one I got some years ago but I have lost the label so I have no idea what it is but the flowers seem larger than Galanthus nivalis, in particular the outer petals are longer.  I will have to see if I can find a record on this blog or in my label box of what it might be.


The last of my favourites this week is this unknown camellia which although quite a small shrub is smothered in bloom, luckily we have not had many frosts so the flowers haven’t gone brown.

Also flowering in the garden are pulmonaria, cyclamen, witch hazel, and slowly but surely the various narcissus.  This is Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’.IMG_4106For more February blooms from around the world visit Carol at May Dream Gardens and check out the links.


Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

19 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 15/2/2016”

  1. Last year here it was touch and go whether ‘Tete A Tete’ would open in time for St. David’s Day but this year they are already in full flower. No new hellebores here either yet Helen apart from the first flowering of a picotee grown from seed. I’m not sure if that counts. I like your yellow and that’s one colour I don’t have. Are hepaticas the new snowdrop? I’m reading about them everywhere or so it seems 🙂

    1. Hi Anna
      John Massey is really into hepaticas so maybe this has promoted some interest in the media. I think they are trickery to establish so I can’t see them becoming as popular as snowdrops unless you go for the Japanese ones which you need to grow under cover.

  2. So many spring flowers! For some reason my narcissus seem behind? I appreciate your pictures of snow drops and hellebores, since neither one likes the desert very much!

  3. Might the colours have something to do with the weather? After all, the autumn colours are different depending on the weather, and everyone has been saying it’s been an unusually warm and wet winter.

    1. Hi Rachel
      I think you are right, we had a discussion at the local HPS group along these lines and we wondered if the hellebores in particularly benefited from the cold to make the colours stronger as they just seem washed out. Its very interesting

    1. hi Jessica
      No they were bought flowering last year. My seedlings have reappeared this year but I sense they are too small to flower yet. They can take a time to germinate andyou need fresh seed

  4. Such a beautiful selection of hellebores, your garden must be looking beautiful with them all flowering. Flowering bulbs always make me think that winter is nearly over, your photos look very spring like.

  5. Lovely blooms for a dreary upstate New York day. We are still a good two months away from early spring. I am not familiar with hepaticas and it was interesting researching them – looks like some parts of the States have wild ones but not sure they would work in my climate. Happy GBBD!

  6. I love the images of your clumps of snowdrops. Very inspiring to those of us just getting started with them. I added two slightly unusual Hepaticas last year and am hoping for blooms this year.

  7. My hellebores are reeling from all the cold weather. As soon as we get a pretty bloom developing cold temperatures come and frostbite them.
    Very beautiful pictures though. When do you think you will transplant them? I am looking to transplant and don’t know when it should be done.

  8. I love your top photo of the various hellebore flowers – very beautiful. I can’t say I’ve noticed dull colours in many Hellebores this year, although many don’t seem to have lasted very long, and they started before Christmas. Excellent blog BTW!

    1. Hi David
      Thank you for your kind comment. I have had some hellebores flowering from before Christmas which have nearly gone over.

  9. Beautiful hellebores, I love the rich yellows and purples, they have really taken to your garden.
    I’m glad to see spring has taken hold and things are moving along. It won’t be long until that furious pace of spring grabs you up and floods you with all the fun of the new season!

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