Meanwhile, the garden is slowly coming to life. The Crocus and Snowdrops will be gone before the Bloom Day post. I got the camera out to distract me - I just needed to take my mind off that lump of concrete.
Two of the three clumps of snowdrops flowering in the side garden have turned out to be doubles. This was not intentional. The Snowdrops I rescued last year were split and divided and planted around the garden. I'll move the clump of singles and keep the doubles in the same spot.
|Snowdrops in the side garden|
The snowdrops behind the pond cope well in so much shade. The get no direct sunlight whatsoever. I also note that a crown of a Drumstick Primula has appreared. Although they are said to prefer a sunny site - I have tried a white one in this shady spot as a bit of an experiment.
|Snowdrops behind the pond|
We are still experiencing some windy days (and nights) but rainfall has still been at a minimum. We had a couple of hail showers and about 2 minutes of snow fall this afternoon. Luckily I managed to get a couple of shots of the Crocus yesterday - they've been fairly battered by the hail. As plants have been moved around the garden - I am inadvertently taking bulbs with them This is obvious from the fact that I'm finding little clumps in various spots - of course, creatures could also be doing this!
Old faithful, The Kilmarnock Willow, hasn't flinched one iota being moved! It was still dormant at time of moving. It's just putting out Catkins now. Tough as old boots these plants and so long as I keep drenching it - it will be fine. The Cherry Laurels at the back are being taken off my hands by a neighbour. They are one of those plants I just should never have bought!
Camellia japonica Brushfield's Yellow and Skimmia japonica Snow White are gearing up to do their stuff!
No winter garden would be complete without a selection of Hellebores - I bought a selection of Hellebore plugs when I first started planting out this garden. They were red and white spotted. They are now decent sized and are now making a bit of an impact in the garden.
|Some of my Hellebores|
|Corydalis solida Beth Evans|
As I walk around the garden, I can see that the majority of the spring flowering Primula are budding up nicely. Last spring, March 2013 - I bought myself a tiny little 7cm pot of Primula Marjory Banks, it's grown really well this last 12 months. It now makes a clump with a diameter of more than 30cm. It must be happy! There is little information available on this plant other than mentioned on Kevock Garden's website as a Juliana hybrid and the RHS have described it as 'tentatively accepted name on RHS Horticultural Database'.....what ever that means! It's not difficult too see where this plant now needs dividing as no flowers are forming in the central area.
|Primula Mrs Marjory Banks|
|Primula Elizabeth Killeylay|
Two more Primula currently residing in the cold frame and like Elizabeth are destined for the garden are new additions. Bought at the show in Dunblane. The first is a rather curious Petiolarid Primula that is reportedly supposed to smell of fish (yuk!) - thankfully I can't smell it! A native of Bhutan, P. calderiana - I fell for it's colour. The flowers are just about to go over but there is another crown emerging from the base.
|Primula calderiana subsp calderiana|
|Primula garryarde Guinivere|
|Saxifraga burseriana Gloria|