Not a day passes where there aren’t noticeable changes happening. Ok, so you do have to look fairly closely but the green jewels are so very obvious against the brown/grey left behind by the snow.
On Saturday I visited the dreaded Dobbies Garden Centre, there were a few perennials reduced which obviously I had to pick up. A few of them were shade/moist lovers, perfect for some barren shady areas in the garden that I have mostly neglected for the past three years I’ve been here.
My Hellebore ‘Niger’ given as a present from my nan died last summer. So I had to replace it, only a small gift from my nan but it surprised me how much she seemed to know what I’d like – no doubt my mum had something to do with it! (And of course Cheryl for getting me hooked on Hellebores too)
I opted for a plant with only one flower in bloom but with a number of buds coming through.
I also picked up Astrantia ‘Snowstar’ and it has a small number of fresh leaves…
Iris Reticulata are popping up everywhere now, in the past few days their numbers have increased dramatically. They should've been joined by pretty cyclamen, sadly they're mushy brown now.
The self-sown viola has bloomed again after the snow. It is much hardier than those bought during the Summer/Autumn. I guess this is an excellent reason to grow your own species as it is hardy and completely unique. I’m assuming it must be a cross with the canary yellow violas and whites I’ve had?
They’ve produced these lovely little creamy violas with nice cheerful faces.
Fresh leaf on one of my ‘mystery’ Hellebores, it should be some type of Harvington double, I just don’t know which. The second isn’t doing as well though and I also have Picotee to add to my growing collection.
Another Snowdrop has popped up which wasn’t there a few days ago, there are more along the side of the house too which have suddenly appeared.
These Muscari have also shot up as they were not there when I last took photos a few days ago.
I think these seedlings might be poppy seedlings, what do you all think?! They’ve popped up in the Blackcurrant pot.
And here are the Blackcurrant buds waiting to burst open.
Comfrey shows signs of life
An unknown found in the strawberry hanging basket…
Osmanthus has flower buds waiting, it’ll probably be another month before they open.