‘The Flowers that bloom in the spring tra la la...’ as Nanki Poo sang in The Mikado. I can’t sing it to you (luckily for you,) but I can show you. This is the first spring bloom day and with such an early spring we have an ‘embarras de choix‘ of flowers to choose from. Let’s start with some trees.
The one tree I could not be without is Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis rosea’. The dainty flowers are with us throughout the winter unless we get a really cold spell. Now in March it is giving its final fanfare. The Japanese apricot: Prunus mume is a lovely dark pink and flowers in February. It is a delight but it does not last long and it is already starting to go over. The little yellow clusters of flowers of the tree Cornus mas flower in February too. I grow the variegated one which looks good in summer too. It has edible berries in late summer.
The star performers amongst the shrubs are the Daphnes. I mentioned ‘Jacqueline Postill’ in an earlier post. She is one of my favourite winter flowering plants. She is still going strong. She is now joined by the lower growing Daphne odora ‘Areomarginata’ This one is just as fragrant but blooms a little later. The rare winter flowering Lonicera ‘Elisae’ has flowers rather like those of Lonicera fragrantissima but they are much larger. This is a really lovely plant.
This year we spent most of February in the South of France to escape the English winter and inadvertently we found we were missing the English spring as well. I missed watching all my spring treasures coming out but it was a delight to come home last weekend and find lovely, sunny weather and so many things in bloom. The garden is full of birdsong and Peacock, Brimstone and Tortoiseshell butterflies. It is absolute bliss. Here are a few of my lovely primroses.
These are positively the last hellebores and snowdrops I will show you this year. The snowdrop is the late flowering Galanthus plicatus which is at its best now.
Now spring is here we have to have daffodils and early tulips. I love the little species ones. Here are a few. Starting at the top the daffodils are: Narcissus pseudonarcissus; the native one that Wordsworth saw a host of. Next is the cute little species Narcissus ‘Rip Van Winkle’ then Narcissus ‘February Gold’ which always flowers in March not February. On the second row we have Narcissus ‘February Silver’, Narcissus ‘Jet Fire’ and then the delightful little Narcissus‘ Silver Chimes’.
Other spring delights are Pulmonarias. I started off with named varieties but Pulmonarias are very promiscuous so you end up with a mixture.
The winter flowering Iris unguicularis is still going strong but is now joined by its close relation Iris lazica which has shiny green leaves.
Here are more treasures which are in bloom now. They are: Chionodoxa luciliae, Corydalis solida, Corydalis‘Beth Evans‘, Hepatica nobilis, Viola odorata ‘Sulphurea‘ Vinca minor f.alba ‘Gertude ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, Dens canis, Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ and Annemone blanda
By the back door in a pot there is Coronilla valentina subp.glauca ‘Citrina’. It smells divine. it has spent the winter in the greenhouse but it probably didn’t need to. It has as its partner a pot of cheap and cheerful violas.
I will save some of my other treasures for further posts but before I finish this is what I am enjoying in the house.
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