As in January, a strange mix of spring bulbs and rather more exotic plants are blooming. The Grevillea above has a number of genus companions, including this one.
These are both outside, the first in the ground and the other in a pot that’s too heavy and too far from warmth to move. Bearing in mind they’re (largely) Australian, do you think they’re following the seasons down under?
As well as the Iris reticulata ‘Gordon‘ featured last month,
this has now been joined by Iris reticulata ‘Blue Note’, providing an early pool for the Lady Diver. Although why on earth she’d want to be swimming outside this early in the year I have no idea.
I’m very excited to report that since last month, my Hamamelis count has increased to three. The one below is the one I think is ‘Arnold’s Promise’.
This has been joined by a very small H. Jelena featured in last week’s Wordless Wednesday
and, as of yesterday’s visit to the Hillier Gardens, a rather more magnificent H. Aphrodite. I’m very chuffed that Aphrodite was my Valentine treat from the OH!
There are more Hellebores blooming, although they’re still not good at lifting their heads. I seem to recall last year the first ones below, in particular, became more erect as the month went on.
As far as bulbs are concerned, I actually have more of these (inherited) Leucojum than Snowdrops.
as well as many little Muscari Armeniacum ‘Big Smile‘, planted in pots.
My only real ‘winter interest’ shrub is the Sarcococca confusa. Sadly this is tucked away in the shady bed, thus breaking all the rules about keeping it near the door so you can enjoy the perfume.
I have been considering digging out a large Phormium (which is near the door) and replacing it with something new for winter interest, but I just can’t decide what would be best. I’m vacillating between Daphne/Lonicera/Viburnum. Any thoughts?
One of my favourite plants flowering at the moment is this little primrose. It is self seeded on the steps which run between the two Lavender Beds. It’s a lovely colour, rather more ‘dusky’ than this picture would suggest. I would love more of it, but I’m terrified to try to dig it up to divide it in case I just rip the plant from the roots (it’s growing in a very small crack). And I’ve never seen any likely looking seeds.
And, in case you’re missing the sun, (as I said last month), I give you the following.
Not quite as sunny as last month’s Abutilon ‘Orange Marion‘, but this one is the better named –Viola ‘Sunny Side Up’,
With thanks as ever to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts the GBBD.