What a beautiful morning we have had today; blue skies and mild temperatures. The garden was positively sparkling this morning and it was a delight to go outside first thing to explore what had happened over the past week while I was at work.
The week has seen the Eranthis appearing around the garden. I have three varieties: Eranthis hyemalis, Eranthis schwefelglanz and Eranthis cilicia. Finally, the Eranthis hyemalis is starting to bulk up albeit it slowly and I am thinking that once they have finished flowering I will bring the various plants together into one border rather than dotted around the garden, as they are now.
I am rather fond of Galanthus galatea because of the long pedicels which allow the flowers to dangle in a charming way.
However, with the sun shining it would be foolish not to have taken the most of the opportunity to continue with the tidying that I had started over Christmas. I had intended to tackle the back of the garden but as usual I became distracted and ended up tidying the patio.
It all started with transferring the wisteria bought last April at Bodnant into a larger pot without detaching it from the house wall. Not the simplest thing but very satisfying when it was done. It then transpired that the old pot was just the thing I needed to pot up a climbing rose for the seating area. Which of course led to me cutting back the bog garden (for want of a better name), scrubbing the table and chairs, weeding the various pots on the patio, and planting out a few things that had been lurking on the patio.
So whilst I may not have tackled the top of the garden the patio is now looking quite smart, well smart for me, which will encourage me to do more.
Hope you also had good gardening weather this weekend.
The first Garden Bloggers Bloom Day of the year sees a interesting selection of plants in flower, albeit a small choice selection. There are numerous buds a plenty – Hellebores, Eranthis, Snowdrops, Iris reticulata and Magnolia – but as with many a garden visit they will probably look lovely next week.
So what are we left to enjoy in the second full week of the year? Strangely, two Australian shrubs – Grevillea victoria and Grevillea Canberra Gem. The former has been in flower since before Christmas and the latter has just started to open its flowers despite being covered for days in a thick crust of snow before Christmas. I’m not sure when Grevillea Canberra Gem is supposed to flower in the UK but mine is rarely without a few flowers and beloved by the pollinators.
Also in flower in the front garden are the Euphorbia characias. I do love Euphorbias – wonderful structure, colour and such unusual flowers.
Since my last post I have been reassured that the above is indeed Galanthus ‘Selborne Green Tips’ which is good to know. Also joining Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’ and Galanthus ‘Mrs Macnamara’ is Galanthus ‘Colussus’ and Galanthus galantea.
Whilst the woodland border is speckled with hellebore buds there is one already in flower, a reliable early flowerer, and one of the first ones I bought from Ashwoods.
Finally I thought I would share this Primula which has been flowering since November and is now just waiting for a home in the garden rather than languishing on the patio.
Thank you to Carol at May Dream Gardens for hosting this meme which is a wonderful way of recording what is in flower each month.
Finally the first snowdrops are flowering so I thought I would feature some in this week’s Monday vase, plus it means I get to enjoy them in the evening when I get home from work rather than only at weekends.
There are three varieties in the vase. The two small ones at the front with the more yellow ovaries are Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’ which although it has been in flower for a good week is still late as it normally flowers around Christmas, hence the name. The two to the right of the photo and central are Galanthus ‘Mrs McNamara’, another early which again has been flowering for a few weeks. This is one of the Galanthus whose name has eluded me until I spent some time tracking back through the blog and plant labels. On my to do list this month is to make sure any special snowdrops without labels are indeed labelled. The last snowdrop at the back on the left is Galanthus ‘Galatea’ which has an arching pedicel, thats the thin bit that connects the flower to the stem. You can see that it’s flowers and Mrs McNamara are larger than Ding Dong.
The vase has been on this meme before, a flea market find, and the backdrop is a pashmina I have had for years. For someone who doesn’t really wear scarves or pashmina I seem to have quite a few!