The last couple of days has done wonders for my garden, it’s like the whole thing has been hung up to dry - and it has helped immensely that it hasn’t rained for a few days. The flower beds are no longer making swish-swashing sounds when I dare to step into them and the pots no longer drip when I lift them. I even had to water the large hanging basket with my tender fuchsias, now renamed evergreen fuchsia! All the fuchsias have started to grow like mad and I am not quite sure what to do with them, normal rules has to go out the window, I have never had evergreen fuchsias before, things like pinching out the new shoots....ehh, how do I do that?
But today I won’t show you one single photo of my fuchsias, I think I have posted enough of them over the winter, today it’s going to be spring flowers. How about some Iris reticulata 'Pixie', almost all of them are flowering now.
Up close they are just as intricate as their bigger cousins which won’t flower for another couple of months.
Iris reticulata 'Pixie'.
It is at the bottom of my garden things are really happening right now, here I have most of my woodland plants and spring bulbs and there has been an explosion of colour the last week.
The blue crocuses Tomasinianus 'Ruby Giant' are all out, I also have just as many white crocuses here, 'Miss Vain' and 'Prince Claus', but there are no sign of any of them yet. Looking back to 2012 and 2013, both years the white crocuses where out and almost finished before the blue crocuses flowered, I hope this doesn’t mean I have lost all my white ones! Maybe the white crocuses are much tastier and has been eaten by the squirrels, perhaps the blue ones are less tasty and has been left? I guess I’ll just have to wait and see....
Moving to the middle of the back bed, there are lots of hellebores, snowdrops, cyclamens and more crocuses. The Lily of the Valley have started to poke out of the ground everywhere and I also have Puschkinia Libanotica and Scilla Siberica 'Bright Blue' to come here.
Moving to the far left, the white daffodils are out of the ground but far from flowering. This is a late variety and in a very shady spot overhang by my tall camellia, so it will be a few more weeks before they are ready.
Turning completely around and looking towards the house, here are more snowdrops and crocuses and the tulips are growing so I can see a difference every day. More daffodils in the background.
Turning back again, the rhododendron is now in full flower, looking so lovely.
Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'.
Lots of crocuses, Tomasinianus 'Ruby Giant'.
Tomasinianus 'Ruby Giant'.
The first anemones have started to flower too, Anemone Blanda Mixed.
Crocus 'Golden Yellow'.
All the hellebores are in flower, I have so many that I am going to make a separate post about them, this lovely double white will have to represent them all today.
Most of the snowdrops are starting to wilt and die down, they have been flowering for a good few weeks now. These 3 are a new addition to my garden and safely growing in a pot for now, Galanthus nivalis 'Sam Arnott'
I now have 4 different types of snowdrops; Galanthus 'Flore Pleno', G. nivalis, G. woronowii and G. nivalis 'Sam Arnott'. This photo is of 'Flore Pleno' and I love this double variety.
My path is getting seriously congested by all the pots I have had to place here, but I got nowhere to put them and they all need as much sun as possible. Can you see the pot with the red flower just in front of the tall terracotta pot? It is my new camellia ‘Takanini’ – I bought it a few weeks ago and I have high hopes for it! More info later....
I guess nothing announces the start of spring more loudly than the first daffodils, these in my front bed are always the first to flower in my garden and I guess it is just a matter of a few days before they are in full flower.
The squirrel is back as a frequent guest in my garden, the other day he was almost running around my legs, not much scared at all. Here he is looking straight at me sitting on the bench while taking photos of him. -Hey, did you eat all my white crocuses?! I must admit I enjoy having the squirrels here, but I am fed up with all the damage they do.
My garden seems to change every day at the moment, there is something new to see every time I go outside, something new in flower almost every day. It is at this time of year I really appreciate living in London with a sheltered garden. I spoke to my sister in Norway the other day, they have 2m (6’5”) snow in their garden right now, above all the windows on the ground floor so every time they shovel snow they also have to uncover the windows so it doesn’t get too dark inside. And it is still snowing there, for another month or maybe longer. Yep, I really appreciate living in London right now :-) Until next time, take care.