Today is a red letter day in my part of the world. Spring has made an appearance. It was a warm, sunny day and as it is Thursday I have had some gardening help. This garden is quite large to look after single-handed, specially as I keep digging up ever more lawn and creating new areas. But now I have regular help, because Thursday is Hector Day. OK, he lacks finesse, but he certainly makes up for it in enthusiasm. He is keen on digging and very good at it.
He loves pruning.
He has an unconventional approach to hedge care and has taken a great fancy to the Lonicera hedge which is quite an unusual shape now, after his work on it. He has also turned the compost heap over; so all in all, a good day’s work. Cheers Hector. Most importantly, he is so full of high spirits and bubbling over with a zest for life, that he is a tonic to be with and brings a big foolish grin to the face, even when his love of gardening becomes a little over -enthusiastic. You can’t be depressed when Hector is around.
And you can’t be depressed when the birds are singing and the garden is full of spring flowers. Here are absolutely my last snowdrop pictures for this season. First, Galanthus woronowii with its distinctive apple-green leaves and secondly Galanthus plicatus which is always the last one to bloom in March.
It is amazing how long hellebores bloom for. They started in January and they are still looking wonderful.
But enough of these wintery things, today I am celebrating spring. I always get excited when the little spring woodlanders such as Corydalis put in an appearance. They seed around too, so there are always plenty to enjoy. They do disappear completely after flowering, which is worrying. I am always afraid that I might put a fork through the tubers.
I love the clear blue flowers which appear in spring. Lovely Anemone blanda is taking over from the winter aconites.
Blue scillas are coming out. I love the starry flowers of Scilla bifolia.
Pulmonarias are spreading everywhere. I particularly like the blue ones.
The pink ones are pretty too.
There are quite a few plump Dutch crocuses in the front garden. This pure white one is called Jeanne d’Arc. It caught my eye because there is such a big fat bumble bee enjoying the nectar on the orange pistil.
Celandines are a pest in my garden, but at least they disappear completely when they have done their stuff. But Christopher Lloyds’ ‘Brazen Hussy’ is always welcome with its lovely bronze leaves.
And of course, spring means that it is daffodil time. I have plenty of big blowsy ones in the orchard.
I’m also very fond of this one with reflexed petals.
In the greenhouse, I have a potful of the oniony-smelling Ipheion ‘Alberto Castello’. Actually, I think we have to call them Tristagma now, but let’s not bother about that .
I also have a Cyclamen rhodium peloponnesiacum in a pot. It is a lovely little thing with speckled leaves and sweetly scented flowers.There should be more flowers, but I planted it upside down, so three of the flowers are growing out of the bottom of the pot. This is a stupid mistake to make. The topside of Cyclamen corms are usually bumpy and rough and maybe they have nodules.
So there we have some of the little beauties which I have been enjoying today. I will save some for another day, but I will finish with the Chocolate Vine, the scrambling Akebia quinata which is flowering much earlier than usual this year.
I hope you have had lots of sunshine today too and plenty of spring flowers to enjoy.