My selection of blooms for February include a lot of flowers that were flowering last month. It seems to me that spring flowers last longer than those in the summer. I wonder if it is something to do with the temperatures or whether they flower longer to give them more chance of being pollinated by the pollinators which are scarcer than in the summer.
A couple of clamps of Eranthis which are slowly clumping up. I did have Eranthis schwefelglanz which is a pale Eranthis but I haven’t spotted it so far which is disappointing.
My first daffodils or narcissus are flowering – Narcissus ‘February Gold’. I planted these bulbs back in the Autumn in a new area where the compost bins were previously. The flowers are more delicate than I anticipated and I am really pleased with how they look, I will definitely be adding more next year.
Probably the last bloom on the Iris ungicularis looking a little chewed but still providing a welcome splash of colour at this time of year.
One of the many clumps of snowdrops around the garden. I am really pleased with how big the clumps are now; I will probably do a little splitting of clumps in a month or so once the flowers have finished.
One of my more specialist snowdrops – Galanthus ‘Wendys Gold’ – different because of the gold ovaries and markings on the inner petals.
And a selection of my favourite hellebores
So these are the floral highlights from my garden.
For more garden bloggers blooms check out May Dream Gardens, where Carol kindly hosts this meme.
Yes from the sofa as I have been incapacitated since Tuesday and spent every day stuck on the sofa wary of any movement which might cause me excruciating pain. It all goes back to an injury I incurred when planting a new Sorbus in the front garden just after Christmas coupled with a long term problem with tension knots in my neck. I have been for treatment at the osteopath and things were improving however for some reason it got worse over the weekend resulting me feeling physically sick with the pain on Tuesday morning and a trip to the doctors. Anyway, several packets of powerful pain killers and anti inflammatories later things are slowly easing and hopefully I will go back to work on Monday albeit probably reduced hours and with a lift rather than driving.
I don’t think I have ever experienced such pain and for 24 hours it seemed impossible to find a position sitting, lying or standing which didn’t lead to me whimpering. Whilst I have called this post Musing from the Sofa I don’t think I did a lot of musing until yesterday. I slept a lot or stared at whatever was on Netflixs – fading in and out partly from exhaustion and partly due to the strength of the tablets. I haven’t been able to eat properly as I couldn’t sit up long enough to eat a proper meal so I have eaten lots of rubbish like chocolate and biscuits but there has to be a bonus somewhere in all this.
I knew I was in a bad way as I had no interest in the garden, reading or surfing the net but the other day when the sun decided to shine I noticed a small blue thing in one of the borders. At first I thought it was some sort of rubbish maybe a sweet wrapper but yesterday the pain had eased sufficiently for me to shuffle round the garden. I was thrilled to discover that the blue splodge seen from the sofa was an Iris. It is probably Iris ‘Cantab’ as I have had a number over the years and last year I decided to plant out the contents of various pots of bulbs in the borders. The trouble with iris reticulata is that they aren’t very reliable on producing a second year’s worth of flowers so I suspect I was fed up with a pot of iris leaves and unceremoniously tipped it up on the border.
Another thrill came from spotting flowers on the Hepatica nobilis which are starting to bulk up having been planted a couple of years ago.
I have since grown some from seed which are planted out in another border and I am waiting to see if they will flower for the first time this year.
Another delight today on my second excursion into the garden, this time with camera in hand, were the first daffodils. I suspect these are February Gold but that is just a guess as they were already growing in the garden when we took it on. However, they are always the first to flower every year. Whilst I’m not that keen on the big trumpeted daffodils at this time of year it is great to see any sign of Spring.
Whilst the snowdrops are looking fabulous, there are so many in the garden now that my new neighbour even commented on them, I get more of a thrill from spying the Eranthis coming into flower. Eranthis ‘Grunling’ is bulking up well – you can tell it is ‘Grunling’ as it has a green stripe on the petals. However Eranthis ‘Schwefelglanz’ which I have had as long is being a little slower to bulk up. It is in a shadier position than ‘Grunling’ so maybe that the reason or maybe ‘Grunling’ is generally a stronger plant.
I am hoping that by next weekend I will be able to garden properly and sew again. But for now I will have to content myself with musing from the sofa.
This weekend it has been wet and misty which to be honest has been a blessing as I needed to get on with finishing decorating the dining room. I am pleased to say the walls and ceiling have been done and the first coat is on the woodwork so the room will be finished some time during the week and I will be hanging up my decorating togs and hoping to don my gardening clothes.
Despite the greyness of the weather the garden is beginning to take on its bright spring greenness. The snowdrops are finally beginning to flower although they seem very shy this year and are not a patch on the ones we saw at Painswick which were far more substantial.
I was surprised to find these two Iris reticulata flowering as they really haven’t had the heat they needed over the summer. I think the blue one if ‘George’ but I can’t remember the name of the purple one. This one was growing at a really strange angle as a large stone had rolled over the bulbs but they still managed to grow up ad around it. It just shows how determined plants are to grow.
The Fatsia which looked so forlorn and bedraggled when it was caked in snow is positively shining although that might have something to do with all the rain. Annoyingly we have more snow forecast tomorrow morning. I am hoping that the temperatures stay a little too high and its doesn’t snow. It would be nice if it stopped raining for a really signficant period of time as the ground is sodden and today it didn’t really take any time at all before the patio was flooded which shows just how high the water table is.
Although gardening has been a non-starter this week I have booked to go to the San Francisco Garden Blogger Spring Fling which I am terribly excited about. I shall be meeting up with lots of American bloggers and Victoria, and maybe Michelle. So June is going to be a busy month with a family holiday in Cornwall at the beginning of the month and a solo and first trip to the States at the end of the month!