I love February. The days are lengthening, the birds have started their Spring songs and the quiet earth is beginning to erupt into flower, at least in this climate.
When we moved here we inherited a small but lovely collection of hellebores, 6 snowdrops, and some pretty dwarf irises. It is our third spring and the hellebore collection is expanding. Self sown seedlings are just coming into bud and I am looking forward to seeing the flowers. I have added white Helleborus niger and H. nigercors to the shady apple tree border I am developing this winter, and two new double Credale hybrids from a nursery in Leominster where new varieties are being bred. They are gorgeous plants and I could find space for lots more.
The snowdrops are increasing too. The original half-dozen under the oak tree has increased to a dozen flowers this year. The creatures have left the flowers alone so far and that always helps. I planted a hundred in the green in our first spring and they are beginning to make a small show on a bank near the front gates. It will be a while yet before they stop the traffic. I’ve added pots bought from the market-always Galanthus nivalis but sometimes the double form and begged them from neighbours with fabulous displays and gradually the garden is becoming a snowdrop garden. I even bought two pots of Galanthus elwessii last week, but mostly I am content with the simple ones that mirror the wonderful displays in the lanes and woods of Herefordshire.
The little irises are a welcome splash of bright colour. My inherited colony of Katherine Hodgkins continue to flower and are beginning to spread. I’ve had to net them against the pheasants and this year the flowers are lovely. I’ve planted 3 more clumps along the front of a sunny border and last years Harmony and Alida bulbs are flowering too. They are so delicate and we love to stop and admire them every time we go out of the garden.
Its taken three days to get this post this far because of computer fights of all kinds. I am thinking of relocating to somewhere I pad friendly as my PC is playing up and WordPress is so temperamental on a tablet. If anyone knows where I can blog or photoblog using my I pad , please let me know. And no adverts would be great too.