Take for example the woodland border. Since discovering snowdrops and snakehead fritilaria do well in such positions I have been adding more common snowdrops to this area each spring by dividing existing clumps. A few more have been moved here this last of week. A single clump of fritilaria have survived 3 winters on the trot so I know I will be safe to add more of these. If I don't manage to source some pots over the next couple of weeks I will add more in autumn. I trialed some narcissus here last year, N. Jack Snipe to be precise and they too have reappeared, although not in bloom yet.
|Hellebores, Crocus and Snowdrops in the woodland|
|Narcissus Tete a Tete and large dutch crocus. C. Jeanne D/arc and Pickwick|
Primula Drumcliff in the centre
Perfectly framed more N. Tete a Tete, common snowdrops and an unnamed oriental hybrid Hellebore in the shady bed. I was weeding nearby and this little grouping caught my eye. The common snowdrops in this bed are the first I brought to the garden. A handful of bulbs in the green given to me by a friend of my mum. All the other are descended from these 3 clumps. There are singles and doubles mingling together.
Also in this bed, edging the entire border, are the last of my specials to bloom this year. If you look closely you can see the different characteristics of each variety.
|Galanthus Augustus, Blonde Inge, Brenda Troyle and Viridipice|
I added some deep purple Crocus to turn this Hellebore/Snowdrop partnership into an eye catching trio. The crocus really stand out against the white blooms. They came labelled only as Crocus, I have no idea which variety they are. They are as large as the other dutch Crocus growing nearby so am wondering if they may be Crocus vernus Remembrance.
|Hillier hybrid Hellebore, Galanthus nivalis and Crocus .|
|Crocus biflorus Blue Pearl and Saxifraga burseriana Gloria|
|Galanthus Spindlestone Surprise, Crocus chrysanthus Romance and Erathis cilicica|
All the Eranthis in the garden were added in the green, which I believe is the best way to introduce them to your garden, last year. Thus far more than half of them have reappeared - I hope the remainder are just slow off the mark.
|Corydalis Purple Bird, malkensis, First Kiss and Beth Evans|
|Asplenium scolopendrium, Cyclamen hederifolium and Crocus chrysanthus|
|Crocus sieberi Spring Beauty|
|Helleborus orientalis Anna's Red|
|Helleborues orientalis Cinderella|