The sight of Snowdrops opening their delicate petals has to be one of the most comforting things you can see in the garden, as it heralds the imminent end of Winter and arrival of Spring, even if the weather doesn’t want play ball and instead chooses to deliver more storms or snow, instead of bright if chilly days, with the first hint of warmth from the sun.
We’ve had several spring like days just recently and the Crocus bulbs have made the most of these and bursts of purple, cream and yellow can be seen all over the lawn and flower bed. It’s hard to imagine but each one of these multi-flower clumps originated from a solitary bulb planted by me one Autumn, some 8 or so years ago. Mind you I think the birds brought the Snowdrops in because I didn’t plant those.
In addition to the Crocus flowers and Snowdrops, an ever increasing number of Daffodils has also sprung to life and should be in flower in the next couple of weeks. I can vividly remember kneeling on cold, damp grass, November 2006 and using a bulb planting tool to set the Daffodils randomly around the edges of the garden. Muds idea and one which he soon came to regret when I refused to allow him to give the lawn it’s first cut of the new season because the Daffodils were flowering.
Amongst the Crocus and Daffodil flowers, at the very back of the flower bed, is a Rudbeckia ‘Indian Summer’ which has been throwing out bloom after bloom for the last 8 months and despite the cold, wet and windy weather, it has yet another new flower at it’s base, bright and cheerful and holding its’ own. Whilst on the other side of the lawn, the branches of the flowering Red Currant are a mass of flower buds and will look stunning once they are open, adding a touch of vibrant pink to the palette.
Spring is most definitely in the air but Jack Frost has been known to pop in for a visit as late as the first week in June, so I won’t be planting very much more at the moment and I’ll keep the bubble wrap in the little green house for the time being.