Spring is here at last and we have daffodils and primroses to prove it.
The little Narcissus cyclamineus is so tiny that I am keeping it in a pot until it bulks up a bit. Narcissus canaliculatus is a lovely diminutive Narcissus which started life in the greenhouse because its new home wasn’t ready. It doesn’t usually grow as tall as this. The native Narcissus pseudonarcissus seeds around in a very obliging manner so I have several areas where it is getting nicely established.
Nothing says Spring quite like a primrose. Some verges round here are already covered in them. I have purist gardening friends who are appalled by the idea of planting some of the showy new hybrids, but I wanted a bit of instant colour for my new winter garden and I think they are lovely. They come in such rich colours.
Many winter stalwarts are still going strong and have been providing pleasure for weeks now. Here are some of them.
Hellebore have also been delighting us for weeks and I let mine seed because I like great swathes of them.
But I prefer to look forward to Spring now and take such pleasure in watching fresh things come into bloom each day. I love the little Cherry, Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ which comes from the slopes of Mount Fuji. It has little pink flowers on twisted bare branches. This is a shrub rather than a tree.
In the greenhouse my apricot tree has blossom for the first time. There was even a bee in there yesterday pollinating it for me.
Pulmonarias are getting going all round the garden but they will be at their best in a week or two.
Every Spring I am delighted when my little Corydalis appear. They vanish entirely when they have finished flowering so I am always worried in case I plant something else on top of them.
Scillas are just showing buds which will open into little blue bells. This Scilla bifolia is a bit earlier and has star-like flowers.
I will finish with my first Fritillary in bloom. It is cheating a bit because it has been in a pot in the greenhouse and so it wouldn’t be so far forward if it was in the ground outside. It is a relation of the Crown Imperial and a very aristocratic looking Frit.
Why don’t you join in with Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day which is on the 15th of each month? Show us what you are enjoying in the garden now that Spring is here. Thank you to Carol at Maydreamgardens for hosting the meme. If you go over there you will be able to share other bloggers’ blooms from around the world.