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Rainy day


Last week, I could bear it no longer. – I had to take the camera, and myself, for a walk round the garden.
I chose a momentary break in the rain and sallied forth…
The first thing I wanted to check was the progress of some bulbs I bought ‘in the green’ last year. They were duly planted as soon as they arrived. Happy to report that progress is good! Flower buds! I can hardly wait!
- Tulipa turkestanica.

As I passed the Acer, the raindrops caught what little light there was and presented this..
- Acer somethingorother

A clump of Snowdrops beneath Daphne odora (still waiting for flowers on the deformed branch..). All the snowdrops in the garden are only a couple of years old. We planted a heck of a lot, ‘in the green’, just after moving in. They seem happy enough and are clumping up nicely.
- Galanthus nivalis

Further down the garden, another watery, frond… The reflection of the house(upsidedown) is of course, deliberate…
- Crataegus laevigata ’Paul’s Scarlet’

A pot of pansies throws rays of buttery-coloured light into the lens. They have lifted the heart all winter, ever eager to send on another flower as one fades.
- Viola wotsisname

Helebores: What a wonderful range of plants. Don’t they do well? Here is a small selection…
These seem to do well in almost any position; Though, full-sun is probably best avoided.
- Helleborus orientalis

These were established long before we arrived. They have seeded and moved into various corners of the front garden. These are not everyones taste, but I like them. I also would like to know for certain what they are. I reckon them to be H. foetidus. Possibly ‘Wester Flisk’ ? What do you think?
- Helleborus foetidus ‘Wester Flisk’ ?

And then there is ericsmithii! Who just goes on and on. No hint of a halt to flowering anytime soon!
It started in early Jan and is still going strong.
- Helleborus x ericsmithii

Just by the front gate is this delight. It will come as no surprise that is often that I walk the length of the front path just to cop a scent of this beauty.
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’. That is, I think it is ‘Jacqueline Postill’. When we bought it, it was merely labelled – Daphne bholua. And with ‘Jacqueline Postill’ being the most popular, it seems likely. Picture comparisons show similar conclusion so, I present the best scent of ..february, march et al. …
- Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ ?

Close up.
- Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

Another good do’er, C. coum.
I have published pictures of these before. This just goes to show that Cyclamen are a gorgeous little wonder and that every home should have a few. First appeared (purchased) in mid-january; Still going strong…
- Cyclamen coum

-Cyclamen coum

Then, another case of poor memory. I thought ‘February Gold’ but I am not so sure now, Is FG a double-headed variety? I need to dig deeper. Perhaps they are Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’
- Narcissus ?

I like to know the ‘proper’ name for my plants.
This is one of those that have been inherited. We have quite a few clumps of Primula in various shades of blue and red. And as I like all Primula, they can stay and do what they do best – Flower!
- Primula ?

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Nice to see your spring plants doing well in the rain :o)
I wish it would come back. This cold weather is getting me down.

13 Mar, 2013


Inclined to agree Hywel.
These last few days have been bitter. Lots of droopy things in the garden now as a result of the drop in temperature.

13 Mar, 2013


l'd love some cyclamen and do keep trying to no avail, they don't like my garden.
Great photo's Fractual even with the raindrops, I do like the one with the upside down house, your choice of names amused me, but you don't seem to have any "Thingywotsits" I had quite a number of that variety before joining Goy.
Hail and snow showers yet again in between sunshine here, so the poor flowers are a bit droopy, its still good to see them though, even with the bitter cold the sun actually coming out for a spell is a bonus and a what I hope is a promise of more to come...

13 Mar, 2013


Oh I have plenty of 'Thingywotsits', Lincslass. I just haven't got round to taking their pic yet. Besides, the 'oojahs' and the 'oosits' will probably be first.

13 Mar, 2013


Everything is looking so healthy! That Daphne is a beauty. I've no cyclamen either but something I will rectify in Autumn.
I bought hellebore ericsmithii at the tail end of the year and I've not been disappointed with it. It's a beauty.

13 Mar, 2013


A lovely blog with great photos of your smashing plants!

13 Mar, 2013

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