So February has begun. It’s certainly not spring yet, but there are hints that things are moving. It starts slowly … signs of a new season. Looked for daily, the changes are small.
1) Was it only last week that there were glossy nubs of snowdrop leaves breaking through the soil? And suddenly, after one rather gloriously sunny weekend, there are swathes of pure white drops everywhere. These are brilliant flowers for shaking off the effects of frosts, wind and rain. They always manage to pop back up, looking fresh again.
2) Colour is gradually intensifying in the swelling buds on the Cornelian Cherry. Are any breaking open? Yes, looking closely, I can see that there are! I can see puffs of tiny, lime-yellow flowers. Soon the tree will positively glow with them.
3) I spotted a punch of purple elegance further down the border yesterday. Our first iris reticulata flowers are open. It must have happened over night! Sadly, there is already a hole in one petal, which I’ve accidentally positioned right in the middle of the photo. 😦 Even so, the flowers manage to look regal.
4) Winter honeysuckle has been generously unfurling new blooms all winter and the pace is stepping up now. I’ve not seen bees on it yet, but the flowers are luring passing visitors (mainly me) with their sherbet scents and are ready to offer nectar to hungry insects. Last year’s leaves are, unusually, still hanging on the branches.
5) I am just starting to tidy away seeds heads from last year’s flowers, mostly where they have collapsed and look messy. However, I caught this shimmering view across a patch of garlic chives on Thursday. I think they can stay for a little while yet!
6) These are not from our garden. We have some daffs that are nearly in flower, but it will be at least a couple of weeks before they open. However, on the weekly shop I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of bunches of highly scented Tazetta narcissus. Definitely worth spending a few pounds on these deliciously sunny faces!
So, those are my Six for this week. Not fancy, but there is nothing pedestrian about these familiar heralds of spring. However, I am sure that there are many more interesting and unusual beauties to enjoy via The Propagator’s blog, so click on the link to see all the other Sixes.
Meanwhile, have a good weekend and Happy Gardening!