As I look around the borders, bulbs are bursting through the soil everywhere. The bulbs are now spreading themselves around the garden. I see the odd Crocus popping up in spots I hadn't planted them. This I think is a side affect of me moving plants around the garden and taking with them bulbs in the surrounding soil. Most though are a month or so away from flowering. However, there is one wee sign of spring this bloom day. Some Crocus are racing on ahead - this little clump of Crocus chrysanthus are in a sunny wee spot, one of the few wee spots that gets some direct sun in winter. I thought these Crocus were early this year but checking back they were at a similar stage in the previous Januarys I have on record.
The January winds have been relentless this last week, again nothing out of the ordinary for this time of the year. Thankfully little or no damage in my garden. I do see damage to a few fences in the neighbourhood and a couple of the greenhouses I can see from my upstairs windows have all suffered. It's at this time of the year I get kind of pleased I don't have a greenhouse.
The 'Special' snowdrops are all up too, but are a wee bit away from flowering. The first flower of Galanthus Mrs Macnamara began flowering back in November and it's second flower is out in time for this month's post.
|Galanthus elwesii Mrs Macnamara|
|Hamamelis x intermedia Jelena|
|Helleborus x ericsmithii Pirouette|