At last the weather feels Spring-like; the birds are singing and more flowers are appearing every day. With the sunshine the little species crocuses have all opened up. They flower much earlier than the big fat Dutch crocus.
The first three are in the front garden, but the little lilac Crocus thomasianus in the bottom row have spread all over the back garden along with the winter aconites. They vary in colour from very pale lilac to quite dark. I was delighted to find a coffee -coloured one tinged with yellow amongst them . I have never seen a crocus this colour before.
There are plenty of snowdrops around, but this is the first Leucojum vernum to flower. The flowers are like little lampshades. They are much prettier than the tall Leucojum aestivum.
Also in the greenhouse is a pot of Muscari ‘Golden Fragrance’. The whole greenhouse is scented from this one little pot.
I have shown you plenty of snowdrops, so just three today.
I showed you my lovely little Narcissus minor ‘Cedric Morris’ which came into bloom for Christmas Day. It is sterile so flowers longer than any of the others. It is still in bloom now and just as lovely.
My lovely Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ has been in flower for some time. Now the later-flowering shrub Daphne odora ‘Areomarginata’ is getting plump buds .
I have already shown you the Witch Hazels, the Sarcococca and the fragrant Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ which have been flowering for some time now. I also have the rare Lonicera elisae which isn’t quite so fragrant but it has much bigger tubular shaped flowers.
Two pretty pink flowered shrubs have come into bloom now. One is a Camellia whose name I have forgotten but it is a pretty shell pink. The other is actually a tree, a Japanese Apricot tree, with the most wonderful dark pink blossom.
Hellebores are really getting going now. I have read that you shouldn’t let them seed around because the seedlings will be inferior. This is rubbish, most of mine are seedlings and there is a good range of colours. Besides I want lots of them, not just a select few.
To finish my bloom day I will go inside to show you the lovely yellow Clivia which a friend of mine grew from seed and very kindly gave me a couple of years ago. I have sown seed from last year’s bloom and hope that I will get lovely stripey flowers like some of the ones he has grown. If they turn out a lovely lemon yellow like this one I shall be quite happy.
Thank you Carol of Maydreamgardens for hosting this meme. Do go over there to see what other people have in bloom now that Spring is almost here.