Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day February 2016

I was ready to declare that some of the plants flowering in time for this February's bloom day post are quite early but having looked back at both previous February posts it seems I am very much mistaken. My memory, it seems, is playing tricks on my.

In a bid to photograph and keep better records of my special Snowdrops I have taken to snipping the blooms and bringing them indoors.  This not only makes it easier to photograph but saves me having to squat or lie in some awkward positions.  I never was any good at yoga.  The cold damp ground does nothing for my aging knees either.  Listen to me!  Anyone reading will be thinking I am the wrong side of 92!  Not that there is anything wrong with being on the wrong side of 92 you understand.  I've a long way to go before I reach that ripe old age.

Galanthus Trumps

Galanthus Galatea

Galanthus Jaquenetta

Galanthus Hippolyta
The numerous clumps of the common snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, are now quite sizable in many spots around the garden.  I have been enjoying those indoors too.    No matter how tight those buds are a few minutes indoors in the heat and they open wide.  I don't often bring flowers from the garden indoors.  We have a bit of family superstition surrounding cut flowers in the house.  Over the years it seems that whenever we have cut flowers in the house bad news seems to follow. And I know by now you may well be laughing at me for admitting to this superstition but since bringing those first snowdrops into the house there was an announcement at work detailing there would be 12 job losses at my place of employ. This may of course be just coincidental but I can tell you it makes me wonder!  I will know more in the coming weeks as to whether or not I will keep my current job or be offered one elsewhere within 'reasonable distance' of where I already work.  Of course, I've also had to listen to my mother telling me 'she told me so'!  
               
Galanthus nivalis and Flore Pleno
With today's frosty conditions pretty much all the Hellebores are looking pretty sorry for themselves. The best of a bad lot, dirty face and all!  Helleborus x sternii White Beauty.  I am finding conflicting pruning advice for this particular species and it's cultivars.  I pruned a couple of leaves that were flopping over some snowdrops but others than that I have left well alone.    


Pops of colour around the garden right now come by way off more winter/spring beauties.

Iris reticulata George, Harmony and Pauline
Corydalis solida Beth Evans and Purple Bird
Crocus chrysanthus Romance
Primula bracteosa
Lastly, thank you all for your best wishes following my last post.  My cold has now cleared up, til the next one that is.  Enjoy your week ahead whether it's in or out of the garden.        

49 comments:

  1. Very touching galanthus, Angie. Such soft and vernal. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Indeed Nadezda. Happy GBBD to you too!

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  2. Gorgeous snowdrops, Angie! Gorgeous photos of them too - perhaps it's lucky I can't grow them here as you would have me hunting to buy some for myself! The Hellebore is lovely, splashes and all! I do hope nothing goes wrong with your job and you will be able to go on cutting flowers with a happy heart despite family warnings...!

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    1. Hellebores are a wonderful sight at this time of the year Amy - always welcome here. Time will tell re job - keep your fingers crossed for me.

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  3. Lovely snowdrops you have there, Angie. Guessing you could be collecting more this Saturday? I marked this show on the calendar, its been many years since I've been. Alas not this year, we are double booked and it's a wedding venue with our daughter we will browsing :-) So you had frost for bloom day and across the Forth we had snow and my snowdrops were trying to push through. Enjoy the show if you go :-)

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    1. Forgot to add, I hope your job is secure and that the only bad luck custom regarding taking in flowers to the house that I know of is with Lily of the valley - my Mum would never allow that to come indoors for a vase. Perhaps this is a Scottish thing?

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    2. I was supposed to be going on Saturday but something has come up. My oldest niece is boxing (yes you read that right) down in England and I am having to have the youngest. Plant shows are not her style so will need to find something else to do. However, I have spoiled myself and order some online to make up for missing the show.
      Goow luck with the wedding venue visit - I'm sure your daughter already knows what she wants now just a case of finding it!

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  4. Bellissime fioriture! Spero di vederle anche qui tra qualche settimana! Che bella collezione di Galanthus, complimenti :)

    Un saluto :D

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    1. I am sure you'll be rejoining them in your own garden soon Pontos.

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  5. I'm surprised that your Corydalis solida is already showing up. And what about your snowdrops you have some lovely ones, I'm really touched by Jaquenetta and Trumps. Hope all the best for your job!

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    1. I am most surprised re the Corydalis too Janneke. C. malkensis is usually first but not this year. No sign of it yet, I wonder if it has perished.

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  6. You have lots of pretty blooms Angie, I imagine you can enjoy the snowdrops better indoors and see the details better, sorry about work, I come from a family that is superstitious on my mum's side, the Scottish side, just tell your mum it could be worse, Frances

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    1. It may be a scottish thing Frances. Mum has a few weird ones but you are right, it could be worse!

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  7. Oh, so many things that I seem unable to grow... Irises, corydalis, crocuses even! I should have moved to Scotland after all. I hope all turns out for the best on the job front. But some things are meant to be. When one door closes..

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    1. Scotland is good for something Jessica ;) I have been with my current employer for almost 30 years and it will be hard to adjust should I need too but as you say as one door closes....

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  8. Gorgeous collection of snowdrops!

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  9. Your snowdrops and hellebores are lovely Angie and it is such a welcomed sight to see your crocus coming up. We are still very much in winter mode here, but there is some hope in sight, as the snow has finally melted after the arrival of some warmer temperatures and rain.

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    1. You will be in the midst of spring before you know it Lee I'm sure.

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  10. Now why do you think that I keep my special snowdrops under cover Angie? I'm not the wrong side of 92 yet either but getting nearer :) I could get down to take the photos but would not find it so easy to get up and I just could not bring myself to snip. I must remember to order some 'Romance' this autumn. I said it last year but forgot. Hoping that the outcome regarding your job is the one you hope for.

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    1. If ever I am lucky to get a greenhouse Anna snowdrops will be the first thing I fill it with and like you I can get down there but it's the getting up that's the problem too.
      If you live near a B&Q you may get some potted Romance in there I saw them in ours last week.

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  11. Oh, it's a beautiful time of year to be in Scotland! Thanks for this sneak peek at spring. We have been very cold over here in my part of North America. Now that the weather is moderating a bit, I imagine it won't be long before the first blooms make an appearance. I hope to participate in the March GBBD. Cheers!

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    1. It sure is Beth. Fresh to say the least! It will be spring there before you know it.

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  12. You have a lovely collection of very early spring blooms, Angie! I, for one, appreciate your snowdrop photos. Frankly, I find the differences between snowdrops hard to detect in many, if not most, of the posts I read but I can really see their distinctions in your photos. I hope you avoid any disruption on the job front but I can promise you that flowers cut days before an announcement like the one you received didn't shift the balance of the universe to your detriment - I spent 25 years in human resources and I can tell you that those announcements are usually months in the planning. With the obvious attention to detail and persistence in the face of challenges you demonstrate in your garden, I have no doubt you'll come out standing even if the world turns upside down!

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    1. I used to think the exact same re snowdrops Kris but a friend of a friend soon had me on my way so to speak!
      I agree re months of planning - we had whiff of things changing and to be honest the company I work for has been reducing staff since we were privatised at it was only a matter of time job losses hit my department. Until now we have been luck to say the least. What will be will be as they say.

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  13. So many interesting and beautiful variations in snowdrops! I'm glad you're feeling better. Fingers crossed for your work situation.

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    1. It's nice to appreciate those differences some are often subtle and it's not until you get really close they become apparent. Thank for keeping your fingers crossed for me.

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  14. Hello, Angie, I can see the link to my blog on your blog roll is the old one.This is the correct one:http://timpingradina.blogspot.ro/

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    1. I had a feeling there was something I missed Anca. I've changed it now. Thanks so much for pointing it out.

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  15. Beautiful snowdrops, Angie. Snowdrop time is over for this year, they've been so early. You have plenty of flowers to cheer you up. We had frost last night so hellebores & friends look a bit sad this morning. You shouldn't be complaining about knee trouble yet, my dear, I'd suggest some photography yoga to stay supple. ;) Take care!

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    1. I'll bet you get up to some odd posses doing your photography Annette. I should take you advice.

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  16. The Snowdrops are lovely, we never get to see them properly, as you said they are low to the ground, often found in dark or gloomy woods, very had to photograph. I like the Galanthus Hippolyta snowdrops... Beautiful flowers in your garden.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thank you Amanda. G. Hippolyta changes as it matures to having 5 or 6 outer segments, it is a lovely snowdrop.

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  17. Beautiful Galanthus, but the name Trump(s) is not a favorite just now.

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    1. I hadn't thought to make the connection Marian. Such a vile man that he is. Causes bother here too!

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  18. Snowdrops are so beautiful, Angie. You have some nice.

    Sigrun

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  19. It was worth bringing the snowdrops in Angie to take those excellent photos. I must have a closer look at the G. nivalis in the garden I hadn't noticed they had green stripes on the inside of the petals.

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    1. Yes they do Brian and check a few, I find double blooms (G. Flore Pleno) pop up in the midst of those clumps. They are beautifully scented, which is a bonus.

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  20. Your snowdrops are special. I wrote down some of their names. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Flower Alley. I see you don't have a blog linked to your profile page. Do you have a blog? If so I'd love to have a read if you give me your link.

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  21. Pretty good for February! Your Snowdrop photos make me understand why you are turning into a Galanthus fancier. I Also like that 'Harmony' Iris. I don't have anything blooming at the moment.

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    1. It won't be long before you have blooms Jason. You'll be able to enjoy them as our are forgotten.

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  22. I think it is wonderful to pick snowdrops to enjoy in the house, I do it all the time. Who wants to lie around on the wet grass to examine them? I am surprised to see your Corydalis out already, mine hasn' t appeared yet.
    Good luck with the job.

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    1. I was most surprised at seeing the Corydalis too Chloris. C. Purple Bird has been blooming for weeks now.

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  23. Your snowdrops are beautiful Angie.. you have very pretty flowers in your garden :o)

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  24. You have some beautiful snowdrops.
    I had to cut off the old leaves from our hellebores as snowdrops grow under them. I have always done it and they don't seem to mind.
    Good luck with the job.

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  25. My mother, a Hebridean, will never have cut flowers from the garden in the house unless it is that they have been damaged such as broken daffodil stems, she particularly has a thing against lilac. She is however quite happy to accommodate bunches or bouquets:-)

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  26. I can't get over how many flowers are blooming...especially those amazing snowdrops!

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