Two weeks in, and it’s time for the first garden tour of 2015. There certainly has been a lot of weather this month. Rain, frost, strong winds and some proper winter snow. Yesterday morning we woke up to a light covering of snow, the early sun bringing that magic of light on ice that makes winter special.
Just as the sun came up I took this picture of the bench, padded with its snowy quilt, but far too chilly to tempt a few minutes sit down. The chickens completely refused to come out of their ark, preferring to stay in the warmth. They took one look at the snow, turned their backs on it and went back inside.
Half an hour later, there was colour in the light. The beech hedges are rich and coppery in low morning sun and the old bulrushes pleasingly yellow.
This is a view over the clipped box hedge, across the gravel patio next to the French doors. The shrubs provide shelter for the patio and for the little birds to hide from the hawks and roost at night.
There is a copper coloured Witch Hazel in the herb garden , this morning wearing an icicle crown. It’s a lovely plant, but the flowers are so close in tone to the hedge they blend in rather than standing out. I think I need to find space for a yellow flowered Hammamelis too.
There are a few things blooming in the garden, despite the weather. A mahonia is just finishing, leaving fat green seed heads in place of the yellow flowers. It is being succeeded by Viburnum tinus Eve Price, now in full bloom and on days when the temperature rises above 8 degrees, the neighbour’s bees feed enthusiastically on it. Garrya elliptica James Roof by the back door is magnificent. Hundreds of silky catkins sway in the lightest breeze and with the sun out, it is a fine sight.
There is not many herbaceous perennials flowering just yet, but the few that are in bloom are especially welcome.
Hellebores, both Corsican and orientalis are just starting and so is the primrose colony under the trees. It doesn’t take much sunlight to bring them on. Clumps of snowdrops are just showing colour and yesterday, I found the first flowers, more bright beauties to herald the change of the year towards Spring.
So this is my first entry this year for Garden Bloggers Blooms Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden, I’m interested to see what else is in bloom around the blogosphere.