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I had a jolly day out this Sunday with my friend Victoria.  We indulged in a day of what we call ‘snowdrop peeping’, visiting three very different gardens known for their snowdrops.  The first garden was a private, very personal garden, open to invited friends for a coffee morning so I have decided not to include any photos of it.  The second garden had a range of snowdrops, stunning views, and was… Read More

I have been posting photos of the snowdrops in my garden since Boxing Day but now is the time when the majority of the snowdrops are flowering especially the Galanthus nivalis and Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Pleno‘ which are slowly but surely spreading through the borders. Many of my special snowdrops have gone over but there is now a second wave coming through which I haven’t always appreciated due to them being amongst… Read More

I’ve been slowly adding special snowdrops to the garden for a number of years now.  Nothing very unusual but each year I have bought 2 or 3 special bulbs and planted them out in the garden.  So it is thrilling to see them bulking up now and reappearing year after year even if the labels which I know I put with them aren’t so reliable.  Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’ is usually one of… Read More

At this time of year any time snatched in the garden is a welcomed treat.  Here in Malvern it has been mild but also very damp with heavy rain on Friday and rain again overnight on Saturday and most of this afternoon. I have a lot of tidying to do and I am prioritising those parts of the garden where the bulbs will be emerging over the next month or so.  I… Read More

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… Read More

In response to those readers who, like me until recently, can’t see the obsession and fascination with snowdrops – after all aren’t they all the same I would point to the photograph above. This is of Galanthus plicatus ‘Sarah Dumont’ and I think is quite distinct from the everyday Galanthus nivalis Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that over the last month I have been exploring the world of galanthophiles… Read More

The garden is definitely showing signs of spring this week.  Primroses are starting to flower and shoots are pushing through the ground in the borders.  I think the slightly warmer temperatures and a few dry days have really helped.  They have certainly cheered me up. Sadly the badger also seems to have woken up and there were numerous holes around the garden where the badger had been seeking out the tulip bulbs. … Read More