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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

Whilst we are still in the midst of Winter, the first signs that Spring is just round the corner comes from the Snowdrops which are beginning to put on a show.  I have a number of named varieties which flower ahead of the normal Galanthus nivalis.   Above is Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’, named by Avon Bulbs as a nod to the marketing jingle of the Cosmetic company Avon.. Next to it is Galanthus… 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

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… Read More

What a glorious morning we have had today especially given that yesterday we had at least 14 hours of non-stop rain.  Having spent yesterday feeling sorry for myself with a bit of  head cold and a blocked ear which has affected my balance a little, I only went outside this morning to see how the garden had stood up to the wind and rain.  Two hours seemed to pass in the blink… Read More

I hate to say I have had a good gardening weekend when so many people are coping with floods or howling gales,  but I have.  At this time of year I think we are grateful for any time we can steal to get outside and work in the garden so I was thrilled to steal about 3 hours over the two days this weekend. I have spent most of the time picking… Read More

Forgive my soggy photographs it was raining heavily yesterday and I only had time first thing to take them (the afternoon was spent at a lovely talk by Anna Pavord).  Being Spring the theme for the flowers in the garden is generally tiny and pastel.  The primulas have been flowering on and off all winter since it has been so mild but now it is a little warmer the flowers are bulking… Read More

When I tell people that I am going to look at snowdrops they often look at me quizzically -” surely a snowdrop is a snowdrop is a snowdrop” they say. “What’s the fuss, they are just pretty small white flowers?”  And so it may seem until you start to look beyond the blanket of the big garden retail chains and seek out the specialist nurseries and horticultural groups and then you start… Read More

With a little sunshine this weekend and a slight increase in the temperatures the first hellebores are starting to open.  This is the plant that hooked me on hellebores some 7 years ago.  I used to use it as my avatar on twitter and Blotanical.  It is one of the Ashwood hybrids and I love the yellow and red combination.   The mystery snowdrop has opened and I am none the wiser. … Read More

Another year and the first Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post of 2015 and I am pleased that I have quite a few blooms to share although you really have to hunt around the garden to find them.  Although I think that is what makes them all the more welcome, they make you get out into the garden and spend time peering into borders. First up is the Christmas Rose which is slowly… Read More