Temperatures here are still hovering around 4 or 5°C during the day and the garden is reflective of this. While the garden appears to be stuck in limbo, comparing what I have in bloom today and what was flowering in Marches past it seems to be pretty much the same. My mind is playing tricks on me.
Looking at their best right now - the oriental hybrid Hellebores add a bit of interest in various spots around the garden. They all came into the garden via a tray of plugs I purchased 4 years ago. All are now a good size and make a real difference at this time of the year.
|Helleborus orientalis, Narcissus Tete a Tete and Galanthus nivalis|
The only daffs flowering right now are Narcissus Tete a Tete. The clump above in the shot with the Hellebores are new to the garden this week, they make a lovely addition between the snowdrops and hellebores I think.
Over on the sunnier side, paired with some Crocus vernus Jeanne d'arc, they cheer up a border where there is nothing else going on. The bloom time of the larger dutch crocus generally signifies the start of the spring rains - in years gone by they are normally a crumpled heap by now! It's been a change to see those stark white blooms upright for so long.
|Narcissus Tete a Tete and Crocus vernus Jeanne d'arc|
|Euonymus fortunei Emerald Gaiety and Crocus chrysanthus|
|Crocus chrysanthus and drone fly (Eristalis tenax)|
|Crocus sieberi Spring Beauty|
|Camellia japonica Desire|
|Saxifraga burseriana Gloria|