A week ago there was sleet and greyness and days when the temperature hovered around 2 degrees. The last few days have seen weather mild enough to encourage the winter weary gardener outside. We cut the grass for the first time, cut down almost everything in the prairie beds and gave them a thoroughly good weed, and had a bonfire to dispose of the old growth.
As a bit of light relief, I counted the snowdrops. I think we are just about at peak snowdrop now- there may be a few more to open but slugs are picking off fading flowers , so it balances. From our starting point of just a dozen in the Spring of 2013, I counted in excess of 1200. There are singles and doubles, some short, some tall, nearly all begged, bought or borrowed locally and all beautiful. I particularly like the little doubles with their green laced interiors but I’m no galanthophile. We saw some very impressive snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey last week but apart from the very green ‘Margery Fish’ there was nothing I saw that I really fell for. I’m content to just take them as they come.
Anglesey Abbey was looking as splendid as it always does in winter and manages to absorb the crowds of both half term and the snowdrop bounty pretty well.
We were lucky to be there on a bright morning, and the rays of sunlight picked out beautiful and subtle colours in the trunks of those marvellous birches.