Saturday, 11 February 2017

Defiant blooms

 Enough snow has finally melted to reveal a few determined little flowers. A patch of winter aconites has shouldered its way through fallen leaves.

And a couple of flowers on Skimmia 'Magic Marlot' have burst through their sugary crust.

In previous years, I've been able to enjoy flowers on hellebores, snowdrops, snow crocus and the first narcissus by now. I'm hoping that the late start will only give them more energy for a good show when they too emerge.

Friday, 3 February 2017

February 2017: More Snow

We returned from two weeks in Peru and Ecuador to two lovely days of blue skies and sunshine. Then this morning...snow again, and the garden is once more a composition in black and white.

The only vestige of colour comes from a few green leaves on my potted golden bamboo.Yesterday, I thought I saw one little purple crocus flower and a spark of yellow on a clump of winter aconites, but they are buried this morning. Plump buds on my Corylopsis pauciflora looked close to opening too, but today they are just a frieze of warm brown against a white background.