I'm never all that sure when to start calling it Spring. As far as the UK Met Office are concerned we're already in spring but astronomically we've still got to wait another 5 days for the equinox. Here on the blog I use the meteorological seasons dividing each year into 4 equal season of 3 months each. So whether it's still late winter or early spring with you - here in Perthshire we've had some lovely spring-like weather. Even the native dandelions, coltsfoot and lesser celandine have started to flower in the hedgerows While here in the garden there's lots of floral eye candy appearing ...
Yesterday evening I popped out and took a few very quick snapshots of the garden to let you see what's in bloom for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - 15th March 2014. The ground was much too damp to lie on to spend time taking 'arty' shots of the flowers and it was just so windy.
|Lenten roses and Cowslips|
There are the dark coloured Helleborus hybridus - Lenten roses contrasting with the yellow Primula veris 'Cabrillo' - cowslips.
This is actually where there's some real candy as the native cowslip flowers and leaves are supposed to taste sweet (I've never tried) and sometimes they are used as cake decorations and in herbal teas. I'm not so sure if it's the same with this commercial 'Cabrillo' variety of cowslip and I don't have much of an adventurous palette to want to find out.
|Cyclamen coum | Sowbread|
Then there's a little pocket of pink from the Cyclamen coum as seen through one of the Stipa grasses.
|Daphne mezereum 'Rubra' with its fragrant purple red blooms|
The Daphne mezereum 'Rubra' has actually flowered! I took a chance last year and moved this shrub as it was growing in too windy a location. It's growth pattern was developing quite a windswept look with a distinct horizontal appearance. A little tweaking of the rootball when replanting made sure that it would grow vertically from now on in it's new home. This plant hates root disturbance so hopefully it will forgive and forget that move and thrive at least a few more years in the garden.
|The Corkscrew hazel commonly known as Harry Lauder's walking stick|
The Corkscrew hazel - Corylus avellana 'Contorta' has started to unfurl its male catkins.
|Hellebore niger with Muscari armeniacum 'Valerie Finnis'|
Hellebore niger is in flower in different parts of the garden while some of the forced powder blue grape hyacinths have now been planted outdoors. The Muscari armeniacum 'Valerie Finnis' bulbs which weren't forced for winter flowering will probably be in bloom by the end of March.
|Forsythia 'Weekend', Tête-à-tête daffodils, Pink Anemone blanda (top row)|
Witch hazel 'Orange Beauty', Pulmonaria rubra, Hellebore 'Tutu' and Crocus (bottom row)
Then there's an array of colour from the yellow Forsythia x intermedia 'Week End', the Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' and the perfumed Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty'.
Last week I was interviewed by a UK photographic company and those pink anemones in the top row of the collage were the 'focus of attention'. You can read that interview about macro flower photography here: Digitalab Featured Photographer - Rosie Nixon
There are clumps of the Pulmonaria rubra growing in the wet and shady parts of the garden. This plant starts to bloom in January though it has coarse green leaves rather than spotted ones. While Helleborus orientalis 'Tutu' and Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty' brighten up the area near the Silver Pear Tree.
|pale pink hellebore growing alongside snowflake bulbs|
The pale pink hellebore is a seedling from the garden having the darker Lenten rose and white Hellebore niger as parents. While the spring snowflakes - Leucojum vernum grow between the two hellebores.
|single flowering snowdrops - Galanthus nivalis|
I've lots of snowdrops in the garden and those in the sunnier parts are nearly finished flowering. These ones grow in the shade along side the Pulmonaria officinalis.
|Snowdrops and Pulmonaria flowers|
|I was surprised to see the Tête-à-tête daffodils start to flower in the last week of February in this container. I've had these bulbs in this container for a couple of years.|
The early flowering Tête-à-tête daffodils feature quite a bit in the garden at this time of year in containers and in the flower borders.
|Primrose Emily, stipa grass, yellow crocus and snowdrops|
What about you ... are there any signs of Spring appearing in your garden just yet or are you still in the grips of Winter?
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