I love this time of year. It is the season when, despite the cold weather, the garden is full of new growth. Everything is full of possibility again, seed packets plop through the letterbox seducing you with images of beautiful flowers or glossy vegetables. Every bit of tired old dead growth cut back seems to reveal fresh new shoots underneath. Here are a few of the things bringing a smile to my face in my back garden at the moment.
I have a bit of a thing for dark purple, and my favourite crocuses are these. Still tightly furled at present, when they open the contrast between petals and stamens is joyful. The sight of them brought a grin to my face, but I am a little perturbed – a lot of my other crocuses are currently no-shows. Hopefully they are just a little late to the party…
There is a sneaky beauty to most hellebores, they hang their heads as if bashful. I don’t have many “special” ones, and the very pretty pink double is currently too difficult to get at to photograph due to the wet soil and the fact that I can’t find my kneelers. Still, I love them in all their forms.
We don’t have great drifts of snowdrops in our garden, but over the past two Autumns we have planted lots of cheap bulbs in the hope that some would reward us with small clumps of dancing white. They smile out at us from the back corner under the acer tree, an area I am christening “snowdrop corner”, at least for now.
I’ve been wanting to see snowdrops flowering alongside the black leaves of Ophiopogon for a couple of years now, it’s nice to see it finally start to take shape, though it will be whoever inherits this garden who will really reap the benefit. Assuming they don’t hate black leaved plants, as I know some people do…
A lot of the delight comes from signs of things yet to come.
Buds on Euphorbia robbiae.
Raindrops sitting on the fresh new leaves of aquilegia.
Best of all, I had completely forgotten that I had planted up a second terracotta pot with dwarf iris bulbs. They have come into bloom just as the last ones finally stopped, so I get another couple of weeks of velvety purple loveliness (spotting a theme?) sat on the table outside.
I can’t wait to see what is next to pop up and bring a smile to my face. Viva Spring!