Snowdrop Peeping

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 interesting even though it was a cool February day.  However, the snowdrops were mainly specialist snowdrops, interesting to this gardener, but photos of small clumps of snowdrops don’t make that interesting viewing so I have decided to share with you just the photos of the last garden – Colesbourne.

Colesbourne is a mecca for galanthophiles (snowdrop obsessives) as well as those who enjoy an excuse to get out early in Spring for some fresh air and to walk in a beautiful setting.  As you can see the snowdrops at Colesbourne grow in great swathes and I was reminded that when I visited a few years back for a talk by Sir Henry Elwes  that every year they dig up, divide and replant the snowdrops to aid them spreading.

Colesbourne is a private estate with a fairly formal garden near the house but also an arboretum (open at other times of the year) and a beautiful lake which was created in 1922 to power hydro-electric power for the house.  I didn’t see the lake last time I visited and was as equally transfixed by it as I was the snowdrops.  You will see that even in the winter the water has a strong blue colour and it is believed that this is a result of the colloidal clay in the water.

As the house and gardens are situated on the side of a hill the plantings benefit from the slopes which allow the visitor to see the flowers more closely rather than resorting to their hands and knees as I have to in my garden.  The below photo doesn’t quite capture the light but when we visited there was a wonderful contrast between the darkness of the yew against the sunlit snowdrop covered slope. In the formal garden are the more specialist and rare snowdrops in tiny groups all neatly labelled.  We amused ourselves by playing spot the difference and concluded that whilst we did now appreciate that there were differences we need those differences to be really obvious to us – height, flower size, obvious markings etc.

As with all good snowdrop displays the planting isn’t all snowdrops.  At Colesbourne as you get nearer the house the snowdrops are accompanied by Cyclamen coum and Crocus tommasinianus .  I think they provide a great contrast to the snowdrops and make them sparkle more. 

Colesbourne, like many Victorian country houses, has an interesting selection of intriguing outbuildings;  this one is, I think, an old ice house.  The moss and lichen on the roof was a delight.

And just for my galanthophile friends I did buy some named snowdrops – three small pots of Galanthus S Arnott which is scented and I want to start to create a small swathe of snowdrops in part of the garden where I don’t have any snowdrops.  I also bought Galanthus Ophelia which is a double and apparently a reliable snowdrop for establishing.  Galanthus woronowii a species, which bright green broad leaves, was acquired from one of the other gardens and will be a great addition to my collection which is around 20 varieties now.

I feel like I have now fully embraced the snowdrop session and I am now ready for the next instalment of Spring – Daffodils and Narcissus.

Start of the Snowdrop Season

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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..

Galanthus Selborne Green Tips

Next to it is Galanthus ‘Selborne Green Tips’ which is looking at little nibbled, probably because it grows under the bird feeders and the local pigeons seem to try to eat anything, a bit like avian goats.  I am toying with lifting these clumps now once the flowers have finished, splitting them and planting them in an additional location to protect against losing them.

Galanthus Mrs McNamara

Galanthus ‘Mrs McNamara’ is the star of the snowdrops at the moment.  She started flowering at Christmas and being a larger flower really stands out.  I’m not that clued in to identifying snowdrops but if you look at the photo below you can see how much bigger Mrs McNamara is  compared to another unknown snowdrop

This is a close up of the unknown snowdrop which I am sure is a named variety due to its location in the garden but all the labels have gone, even those I put in last year.  I am going to have to relabel and I think I might need to make some notes or draw a plan as not knowing the snowdrops names is an annual event now.  I think I will also look back through my posts and make a list of the snowdrops I know I have and see if I can identify the unknown ones from that.

Galanthus Godfrey Owen

Every year I add one or two new Galanthus (with labels honest).  This year’s new acquisition, so far, is Galanthus ‘Godfrey Owen’.  As you can see it is a large snowdrop and quite distinctive from the six outer petals all being the same size.  Galanthus ‘Diggory’ is also on my wish list as it has quite distinctive texture to its petals.

 

Snowdrops

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 Plenowhich 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 the Galanthus nivalis.  This one is Galanthus ‘James Backhouse’ which I think has a nice elegant slender flower.

For those who question if there is any difference between snowdrops, this is Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Pleno’.  A gift from my friend Victoria from her garden.  It isn’t that unusual, and is definitely established in the Big Border, but it is rather gorgeous.

Amongst the Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Pleno’ is this clump which is taller and more elegant.  It may well be a standard Galanthus nivalis – I have no idea and I don’t remember planting anything particularly special in this spot.

 Now even the most cynical of the galanthophobia cannot fail to see how this snowdrop is different. This is Galanthus plicatus ‘Wendy’s Gold’ the gold reflecting the yellow markings.

This snowdrop is a real mystery.  It was given to me by a friend of a friend, who also gave me Wendy’s Gold,  who couldn’t remember its name but told me it was a big snowdrop.  I assumed he meant tall but it is now clear that the ‘big’ refers to the size of the flowers which are huge compared to my other snowdrop flowers.

If any one knows, or has a clue, what this snowdrop might be I would love to know.

So those are some of my snowdrops, I hope you enjoyed them. Next will be the narcissus.

 

 

In A Vase on Monday – Snowdrops

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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!

Thank you to Cathy for hosting this meme which I am really enjoying.

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My Garden This Weekend – 7/2/16

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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 of an eye and I only came in when my fingers were becoming painfully cold.

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There is something quite special about the sun in the early spring especially after gloomy days and it has a wonderful ability to really illuminate the early spring bulbs and the hellebores.  I have said many times before that Spring is my favourite season especially in the garden.  I enjoy the real thrill of spotting something starting to flower which seems to be so much more intense at the start of the year when we are desperate for reassurance that the winter is retreating.  Not that we have had much of a winter this year.

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The mild weather over the last few months has led to a strange mix of plants flowering.  I was very surprised to have my attention caught by a flash of red and on investigation discovered that Anemone pavonina was flowering probably at least two months early.

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But then again some plants have stuck to their normal timings. Hamamelia x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ is a good example of a plant doing what it is meant to do at the right time regardless.  I have been watching this shrub for some weeks.  Last year it had only three flowers on the whole shrub.  After a bit of research I concluded that the plant was too dry probably due to the neighbour’s sycamore roots; so after a long period of rain I gave it a heavy mulch to try and lock some moisture in and I made sure I watered it during dry spells in the summer.  The plant has rewarded me with a full covering of flowers which are all just opening – how lovely!

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Having taken some photos I pottered around cutting back the deciduous grasses and the ferns which had gone  over as well as collecting other debris from around the garden. Then with the sun still shining and not feeling too bad I decided to sow some seeds from the local HPS seed exchange.  To be honest I have no idea what half of them are, I think they might be shrubs as I seem to remember requesting these as I have a fancy to grow some shrubs maybe for a future garden, not that I have plans to move, but its good to have a challenge.

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Finally, having been thrilled with the Hamamelia flowering I was just as thrilled to discover three flower stems on the Melianthus major; two more than last year.

It always amazes me how uplifting  a couple of hours in the fresh air pottering around can be.

My Garden This Weekend – 6/12/15

Hellebore Anna's Red
Hellebore Anna’s Red

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.

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I have spent most of the time picking up leaves, weeding, and cutting back perennial flowers.  I’m not a great one for leaving lots of winter debris as I believe this provides homes for slugs and snails and I think when you garden a space extensively you need to try to maintain good garden practice.  I tend to start the Autumn/Winter tidy up with those areas that are heavily planted with spring bulbs so that I don’t damage emerging shoots.  I’m a little behind due to the recent wet weekends so was really pleased to tidy areas such as the Asiatic Fern border, which I look at when I wash up.    There aren’t many bulbs here as it is constantly moist throughout the year but as the ferns are wintergreen and this is their real season of interest I want them to look their best.  I spent quite a bit of time removing the ever invasive Soleirolia soleirolii (Mind Your Own Business) which normally carpets this border and wondering what possessed me to plant it in the first place.

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There are more ferns on the slope.  Different ferns which like a bit of better drainage.  This border is also full of spring bulbs so it was delightful to clear away the debris of the fallen leaves and spot shoots pushing through the soil.  As you can see, if you look carefully, there are some random self-sown plants appearing.  I think the grey leaves at the top of the border is some form of thistle and I am inclined to leave it to see what it does.  I have also found a Geranium palmatum seedling which is good as I love that geranium but I am wondering what the border will look like in the summer with its mad big pink flowers everywhere – I can always move it if need be though.

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Tidying up revealed that the Crocus speciosus had been flowering but for some reason not well.  Some of the plants have long lax stems, some of the flowers haven’t formed properly barely covering the stamens and some flowers have been eaten.  I can understand the cause of the latter but I don’t understand the first two problems.  The crocus are meant to flower in late September/October, roughly when I planted the corms.  I wonder if the mild wet weather have confused the crocus causing the lengthening and weakening of the stems.  Whilst some were covered in leaves which might add to the problem, there are just as many growing in this way where the leaves were removed a while ago.  Hopefully next Autumn they will flower better and create the lilac haze I was hoping for alongside the top steps.

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Clearing the leaves also allows you to discover all sorts of delights.  As I posted last time I discovered the first snowdrop of the year yesterday, I suspect it might be Mrs McNamara.  Today I spotted another one with the first signs of a flower forming, this time I know it is Galanthus plicatus ‘Colossus’ as the label is still there.  It appears that this snowdrop often flowers around Christmas so I think it is on track to do that.

Also found where the fat buds of Hellaborus niger; an extra flower stem this year so I think it is safe to say that this plant is well and truly established now although it has taken many years to achieve this.  I also spotted that some of the other hellebores were already budding up to the point that I removed the leaves from Hellebore Anna’s Red and one other.  I am waiting for the buds on the other hellebores to be a little bigger before I remove the leaves.  And then there are the Epimediums to think about – I need to work out which I should remove the leaves on and which not, oh dear….

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 15/2/15

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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 up.  I think I should try dividing some of these plants this year.  I think this one is one they call Blue Denim or Tie Dye as I remember buying it some 5 or 6 years ago but the markings are not so distinct now so maybe not.

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I do like the colouring of the Primula below, it’s quite vibrant for February and there is obviously some polyanthus in this plant as the flower stem have grown taller this year than last, possibly revert back to its origins.

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Then we have the snowdrops which are slowly but surely bulking up.  It would be false to say I lift and divide them every year, it more a case that they get distributed as part of my weeding.  I have been working at getting them to spread along the back bank and there is now quite a nice display which you can see from the house.

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Of the ‘specials’ which are flowering well at the moment I thought the following looked worth of inclusion in this monthly post.

Galanthus Ding Dong
Galanthus Ding Dong
Galanthus Magnet
Galanthus Magnet
Galanthus Flora Pleno
Galanthus Flora Pleno

There are still a few to open their blooms and they along with the Eranthis which I wont bore you with again have been wonderful over the last grey month but now they are being taken over by the Hellebores which are starting to open.  The yellows always open first with the dark pinks the last.

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Hellebore Walbertons Rosemary
Hellebore Walbertons Rosemary
Hellebore Neon Star
Hellebore Neon Star

The daffodils I featured in January have finally opened and are just beginning to fade, there are other daffodil buds appearing but it will be some weeks before these early ones have any followers.

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Under cover Iris ‘Cantab’ is flowering looking elegant and dainty and I have enjoyed bringing pots inside so I can enjoy their flowers when they are peaking. But they have to compete with the blousey and exuberant Clivia which is new to me and I just love.

Iris Cantab
Iris Cantab

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For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day (GBBD) posts visit Carol over at May Dream Gardens.

‘England’s Greatest Snowdrop Garden’

Galanthus nivalis Sandersii Group
Galanthus nivalis Sandersii Group

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 to notice, come the winter, that there is a small club within the club who are all obsessed with snowdrops.  They can be seen huddled around a single specimen in a pot discussing its virtues, or lack of, who bred it, its ancestry and you quickly realise that there is a whole hidden world out there – the world of the galanthophile.

I only started to understand the fascination a few years ago when I visited a galanthophile’s garden and saw the different varieties growing alongside each other. It dawns on you that this variety is much taller than that, or some have glaucous leaves, some strappy leaves, some double flowers, some with longer petals than others but the important thing, I think, is that you have to see them growing in a garden setting in clumps to be able to start to see the differences.

Sir Henry Elwes at Colesbourne Gardens
Sir Henry Elwes at Colesbourne Gardens

Today I was fortunate enough to have a tour of Colesbourne Gardens in Gloucestershire, the home of Sir Henry and Lady Elwes. Colebourne has been described in Country Life as ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden’.  Why is this so when you only have to look in any Sunday supplement or gardening magazine at this time of year to see lists of ‘snowdrop gardens’? Well, apparently it is one of very few, if any, open to the public where you can not only see drifts of the species snowdrops but also sizeable clumps of the more choice varieties planted in a garden setting.  Most snowdrop gardens have the drifts of naturalised snowdrops and some of the specialist gardens have pots of choice snowdrops on display but rarely are the two combined and few take the risk of labelling all their snowdrops including the rare varieties, for fear of theft.

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Sir Henry and Lady Elwes’s attitude is that the garden is a private personal garden which they like to share with the public at this time of year.  Sir Henry’s great-grandfather, Henry James Elwes, was a renowned plant collector and collected the original Galanthus elwesii in Turkey in 1874.  He was a leading light in the galanthophile world of his time and just as now there was much sharing and swapping of plants leading to significant collections being established including at Colesbourne.  Sadly, after his death, his plant collections did not fare too well and were either dispersed or disappeared.  Since inheriting the property Sir Henry and Lady Elwes have worked hard to re-establish the snowdrop collection with the garden opening for the first time in 1997. Establishing such a display is not for the faint hearted or work shy.  Few snowdrops produce seed, so to create the stunning drifts you see you need to lift and divide and replant the clumps on an annual basis.

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In 2003 the couple embarked on a major restoration project with the assistance of the then Garden Manager, Dr John Grimshaw, to restore the gardens and to celebrate the work of their illustrious ancestor.  The work has led to the snowdrop collections being enlarged and added to on a yearly basis with some 5000-6000 bulbs planted up each year for sale.  The Elwes, along with their current Head Gardener, Chris Horsfall, believe in selling the plants growing in pots so you know you will not only get a plant from a reputable source but one that is growing well.  But it isn’t all about the snowdrops, the couple believe strongly in supporting local charities, and over the last 10 years £70,000 has been  raised from catering for visitors and donated to charity.

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At Colesbourne the snowdrops are planted out in the woodland but as you get nearer the house the plantings start to become more formal with a Woodland and Spring garden and then a much more formal garden by the house where the choicest snowdrops live.  I particularly liked the way that the snowdrops in the garden settings were planted amongst plants with good foliage which set off the snowdrops such as cyclamen, corydalis, heuchera, ferns and epimediums.  It showed you that a winter garden really doesn’t have to look dull at all and with a little clever planning the border does not have to be an exclusively winter one if you remember to plant the snowdrops where they won’t be disturbed such as in the shadow of deciduous ferns, bergenias and stacys.

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Having established a reputation for Colesbourne as one of the must see snowdrop gardens, Sir Henry is now working towards achieving a similar reputation for the garden’s arboretum.  His great-grandfather collected many choice trees during his travels and these, along with the snowdrops, still remained when the couple inherited the property.  The style of the arboretum is more naturalistic than say Westonbirt, it is more of a landscape and plantsman’s garden and given the pedigree of some of its specimens it is hardly surprising to discover there are 8 champion trees.  This year, from May, the garden will be opening for arboretum tours.

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Colesbourne Gardens is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm from the 31st January 2015 to 1st March 2015 – details of how to find the garden can be found on their web-site along with details of the study days they are also running.

 

My Garden this Weekend – 25th January 2015

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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.

Galanthus Selborne Green Tips
Galanthus Selborne Green Tips

 

The mystery snowdrop has opened and I am none the wiser.  I know where and when I bought it but I can find nothing written down in my notebooks or on the blog about what it is.  Ho-hum

At last I have found the label for the snowdrop – Galanthus Selborne Green Tip

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Although I like the special snowdrops I have bought I still feel more anticipation at waiting for the clumps of ordinary Galanthus nivalis to open.  I also have the double Galanthus nivalis Flora Pleno which is already beginning to spread despite only being planted just over a year ago.

Eranthis hyemalis
Eranthis hyemalis
Eranthis grunling
Eranthis grunling
Eranthis schwefelglanz
Eranthis schwefelglanz

My eranthis are beginning to appear around the garden which is pleasing as some were only added a year ago.  Unlike the snowdrops I can tell the difference between these three.  Eranthis hyemalis is the ordinary one, schwefelglanz is a pale yellow and grunling has green stripes to the flowers. I think there are some more which I would like to collect, I heard tell of a double the other day so I will be seeking those out.

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The very first daffodils in the garden are about to open.  I have no idea what variety they are, they came with the garden but they always flower early.  This picture amused me as I think they look like two geese or ducks – but then I may have a strange imagination.

I did find some time to do a few gardening tasks over the weekend although I found after an hour outside my toes were quite frozen despite several layers of socks.  I am pleased that I tidied up the driveway border in the front garden and also the Big Border.  The garden is looking more ready for Spring than it has in any other year which is satisfying although there are still some areas that I need to tackle but these will involve more heavy duty work and some shrub rearranging.  Today I mulched the woodland border just managing to get the wood bark down before the bulbs had emerge too much making it tricky.  Like many gardeners I have spent some time over the winter thinking about the garden and planning what I want to grow and plant over the coming season.

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I am going through a period of working through various emotions and trying to work out, as much as is possible, what I would like to achieve in various aspects of my life.  I suspect this need to have a plan or objective is due to several uncertainties in my life that I have no control over at the moment.  One of the things I can control and plan is what I want to do in the garden over the coming season and what will make me happy.  I have mentioned over the last month how I have been inspired by some television programmes and books and I feel that I have a much clearer idea in my head of how I want the garden to develop, finally.  Part of this is re-engaging with my old love of growing plants from seed and in particular some annuals that I haven’t grown for years including rudbeckia and zinnias.  My pocket diary this year has the saying ‘Do more of what makes you happy’ on the front and I have taken this as my motto for the year.   I spent yesterday evening sorting through my box of seed packets and sorting out what I hope to sow this year and when, for no other reason than the flowers make me happy – no planning for shows etc.

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Part of my frustrations come from only seeing the garden at weekends although already this is starting to change and I almost get home in day light.  I have invested in recent years in a number of miniature bulbs, partly with a view to showing, but also because I love their daintiness.  However, I don’t get to see them properly as they are in the greenhouse and its generally dark.  I don’t have the time, working full-time, to perfect the plants for showing and I am someone who needs to do something well if they are going to do it – I hate failing.  I have decided to put showing on the back burner until I can do it properly unless there is a show near home and I happen to have something looking good.  My friend, Dee, posted a picture of iris reticulata on Facebook today on display in her home and I think this is what I want to do more – bring the pots into the house as the bulbs are about to flower.  I have invested in a plunge bed and I hate waste so I have been exploring the possibility of converting it into a heated propagator which it seems is very feasible, thanks to advice from friends on twitter.  This will mean that the annuals etc I want to grow from seed and the cuttings I would like to try taking will get a better start so hopefully all will turn out for the best.

I sometimes think I should rename the blog – The Indecisive Gardener – as I change my mind so much.  I think some of this is due to the overload of images and information you can get via social media so I need to step back a little bit to let my head clear.  I spend a lot of time on social media in the evenings, especially at this time of year, as it’s a distraction and it stops me chewing my fingers (a very bad habit).  I had been doing some embroidery which I have blogged about before but the project I was working on is a little fiddly and I have been avoiding it so I have today ordered some new materials for  new project which should be a good distraction and a calming influence until the evenings are light enough for me to play in the garden after work.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – January 2015

Hellebore niger
Hellebore niger

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 but surely increasing year on year.  I understand from other gardeners I know that it can be hard to establish, mine is thriving on neglect planted between a box and rhododendron so I think it is fairly dry.  There are 3 or 4 blooms appearing this year which is an increase on last year.  For some reason my plant seems to open with its flowers almost open flat on the ground and they then slowly lift their heads as the days pass.  I’m sure others I have seen are more upright.

Galanthus Ding Dong
Galanthus Ding Dong
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Unknown Galanthus

The first of my special snowdrops are opening.  I’m ashamed to say that I have lost the label for the second one despite only buying it last year.  It isn’t quite open but I am hoping when it does that some of my galanthophile friends might help me out.

Iris unguicularis 'Water Butt'
Iris unguicularis ‘Walter Butt’

Iris unguicularis ‘Walter Butt’ has produced its second flower which is one more than last year so hopefully it will go on from strength to strength now.

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As per last month the primroses continue to flower in the generally mild weather we have had to date this winter.  The top one is only small but it is a real beacon which I can see from the house and cheers me up no end.

Eranthis hyemalis
Eranthis hyemalis

I have to include Eranthis as I love them more than snowdrops and they are just beginning to establish in the garden.  These photographs were taken at the weekend as it is dark when I leave for work and get home so I am hoping when I get out side this weekend the flowers will be open.

Viola cornuta
Viola cornuta

The viola cornutas that I deadheaded extensively just after Christmas have rewarded me with another flush of flowers.  I am planning to get some more of these in different colours as I think they are really good fillers

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unnamed narcissus bulbicodium

In the greenhouse the Narcissus bulbicodium are beginning to flower but sadly I am really struggling to photograph them to show them at their best.

Narcissus bulbicodium 'Lemon Flare
Narcissus bulbicodium ‘Lemon Flare

There are also the same cyclamen flowering as last month – they almost seem to be frozen in time along with the Viburnum which is also still flowering.  Hellebores and Camellias are about to open so it will be interesting to see what is still around for next month’s post.

For more Garden Blogger Bloom posts visit Carol at May Dream Gardens