Sunday, 15 January 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day ~ January 2012

The start of January saw roses still in bloom but a couple of  overdue but seasonal sharp frosts have finally put paid to such curious goings on. I am somewhat relieved - it was all most confusing.  A quick reccie earlier this afternoon revealed a scene similar to the middle of January 2009. There are clusters of snowdrops about to fully open, one or two hellebores already out with other buds in various stages of unfurling whilst the red flowers of the rather camera shy pulmonaria rubra 'Redstart' have been doing their stuff for some time ~


Near the house I have planted a sarcococca confusa in a pot - its little white flowers are insignificant unlike its scent which is packed with intoxicating punch . I have another older plant which is straggly and still to flower. Maybe time for the chop. There are primroses too and winter flowering heathers (himself's  choice). Before I succumbed to frostbite I spotted a pot of crocus 'Firefly' close to opening. Now that does seem early but I am going to disappear into my photographic archives to investigate - much more reliable than my memory. Then time for a warming drink whilst I visit other January blooms thanks to May Dreams Gardens.

18 comments:

  1. Hi Anna,

    Lovely to see such a large clump of Snowdrops - I can only hope for mine to get so big, but with each passing year they're gradually increading :)

    In some ways I'm also glad of the frosts as it will hopefully give some of the plants the rest they need - such as my Iceberg rose, which is just hanging on in there but I would like for it to fully stop for a little while.

    I forgot to look if my Pulmonaria are blooming as well; I spotted buds on them a week or two ago. Too late for me to check now, I'll have to wait until next weekend.

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  2. Those snowdrops really brighten a gardener's spirits. What a lovely sight.

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  3. How did I know you would have snowdrops in the GBBD post?!
    I think I have that Pulmonaria - mine looks very similar and I was wondering what it was

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  4. Your snowdrops really brighten up your winter garden...such a lovely bunch and a nice photo to match!

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  5. Dear Anna
    The clusters of snowdrops make me happy:)
    I've just joined the blotanical and found your blog.
    So glad that you shared beautiful photos with all of us.

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  6. Sounds like you have a lot of blooms coming up. My crocus are not coming up yet. They must be slow pokes! Your snowdrops are lovely.

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  7. Beautiful snowdrops Anna and a great photo! I've got lots of bulbs coming up in the borders - and yet again I don't know what they are... Usually a range of snowdrops, grape hyacinths and crocus - it's a surprise every year!

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  8. It's reassuring to see plants flowering at their usual times after all the out of season blooms we've had recently. We've had another frost today, winter is definitely here now.

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  9. My pulmonaria is flowering too. I was worried the frost might have got it but when I checked it this morning it was still in flower, seemingly oblivious to the cold. Wish I could say the same for my feet!!

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  10. No sign of crocus but tulips showing leaves. That's the wrong way round surely? Love the snowdrop picture it's really clear and bright.

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  11. This January has been exceptionally mild over here too.

    Snowdrops are always a midwinter lift.

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  12. Lovely snowdrops!

    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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  13. What pretty Snowdrops! I hope one day I'll have nice clumps of them like that. Just when I thought our garden was ready for spring, we got snow with lots more predicted.

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  14. I love your big clump of snowdrops; I'm hoping that eventually the few little ones I had last year will grow into a stand more like this.

    It's certainly been a strange winter for us, too; after posting all my photos of the snow yesterday morning, the temperatures went up and it all melted. But we're in for more cold and snow this weekend. My garden has to be confused!

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  15. OO, pulmonaria. Nice...

    Thank you for the reminder - I definitely want one for my new bed (and your snowdrops look lovely!).

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  16. Hello Anna - Ilove your snowdrops - mine are just starting to bloom - and lots of other bulbs are beginning to push through - thankyou for your comment on my blog - have a good week - Jane

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  17. You cannot beat such a lovely clump of snowdrops at this time of year, pretty pulmonaria flowers too. It is reassuring to be in more seasonal weather.

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  18. I still get a thrill at the first clumps od snowdrops.

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.