Of course I'm still in winter mode and it's hard that spring has arrived so early when those of us who have had a really wet winter are struggling to get our garden jobs done, due to the wetness of the soil (and often, pouring rain!). My OH has thankfully taken over in the veg patch and has already got one of my 5 plots dug over and ready to rock and roll. I'm concentrating on flower beds which are full of dead stalks, moss and weeds. I've also managed to prune all the roses and we've between us pruned the three pear trees and the three best eating apples. I think the other apple trees will get forgotten this year - there is just no time.
I've still got another 10 days of my photography course to go which has also accounted for far less free time to spend in my garden! But yesterday I got my macro lens out (it's not being used very much for my course) and got pics of the flowers that are currently blooming. Daffodils are not quite out yet but another couple of days and they should be.
|Japonica or Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles). What's unusual this year is that the one by |
the pond is very behind this one in the garden, and it's usually the other way around!
|Pulmonaria, commonly known as Lungwort.|
|I have quite a lot of Pulmonaria around the garden as it self seeds everywhere!|
|Pulmonaria again - so pretty with both blue and pink flowers together.|
|Hazel catkins were flowering a month early in January out in |
the open areas, but my wiggly Hazel (Corylus avellana 'Contorta')
is in a semi shady frost pocket so is always behind.
|Hellebores again. Now this plant is producing |
paler coloured flowers as well as the dark ones!
|This is another one with a paler pink one in the background.|
They also self seed like weeds!
|I was totally amazed to discover a Cowslip already flowering. |
I thought these flowered much later in the spring!
A neighbour gave them to me so I am not sure of the exact species
but assume they are Primula veris, the common Cowslip.
|This is too early, but my bright pink coloured Rhododendron |
does have occasional buds early in the year.
|And I only noticed that my Pieris japonica was flowering on Monday.|
In fact some of the flowers are already going over!
The rest of the pictures are of various Euphorbias. I absolutely adore these plants as they are such good value from late winter through the spring and will give months of interest. Their flowers, or bracts, are such a bright zingy lime green it's just what I need after the gloom of winter. And they self seed too - like crazy!
|This is my original Euphorbia Characias subsp. Wulfenii which has |
already been looking good for a couple of weeks.
|And this is one of its babies which is not as advanced yet.|
|Euphorbia Characias subsp. Wulfenii already attracting a tiny fly.|
|And here it is yet again, self seeded in a little gap beween |
house wall and the steps up to the garage, with
low growing Euphorbia myrsinities above (also self seeded).
|A self seeded wild one, probably Euphorbia amygdaloides, the Wood Spurge.|
|Another tall one similar to Wulfenii, but seeing those red bits inside the bracts makes me happy as this is most likely originally from my beloved Euphorbia martinii which died.|
Next time I post I'll have daffodils blooming and already the forsythia has some flowers on. We now have to eat PSB (Purple Sprouting Broccoli) until we're sick of it as they are all sprouting like crazy, and I've got a load of winter veg to get through, like leeks and parsnips, because it's time to get the veg patch ready for the new growing season!