I’m pretty sure that down below the first few inches of soil and snow there’s lots of activity going on but above ground very little seems to have changed since I wrote What’s in bloom in January. …………………Maybe I’m being just a little bit impatient!
The winter of 2011/12 was an exceptionally mild winter while the winter of 2012/13 has been more ‘the colder norm’. Flowers like the crocus that featured in this post about February flowers are going to bloom much later this year.
Here’s what’s in bloom in February in my garden. All of the photographs with the exception of 1 were taken on 14th February at various times of the day while the snow slowly melted.
The Hellebore February Blooms:
The Witch hazel February blooms:
Many of you who visit here will already know that the witch hazels are in full flower as I’ve shared quite a few blog posts recently on the subject. Do you desire an irresistible winter garden? and Want to go on a Witch Hunt?
They are magnificent shrubs for giving winter interest and colour throughout the gloomiest of days.
Other February blooms:
The perennial wallflowers Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ haven’t stopped flowering since I bought them back in the summer time. I’ve had these plants growing in my garden for years but they are short lived and every few years I need to replace a few. This plant has flowered throughout the winter and is sending out fresh budded growth. The snowdrops just need a little more heat and sunshine before they open their buds. There’s always a pulmonaria in bloom at this time of year. This one started to bloom back in December. While a few of the cyclamen flowers managed to poke above the snow.
The pink winter flowering Erica carnea heathers are starting to bloom though I took this photograph last Sunday, 9th February before the snow arrived. Scotland and heathers are synonymous as our climate and soil suit them so well. They are best planted in a southerly position as their foliage colours up so much better from that side. If you’ve never seen the photos of the wild Scottish heather in the Cairngorm mountains then check out The Carpet of the Highlands post.
What’s in bloom in your February garden today?