Friday, 15 February 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day ~ February 2013

I soon put the February grumps behind me yesterday morning, when some most welcome sunshine and these flowers greeted me. There was a distinct hint of spring not being so far away. The hellebores are all unnamed whilst the snowdrop clumps are galanthus nivalis and the double is galanthus nivalis f.pleniflorus  'Flore Pleno'. The left hand snowdrop in the middle row is a named snowdrop - let me introduce you to galanthus nivalis 'Blonde Inge'. She was discovered in 1993 in a Germany cemetery. The name was derived from an old German song, 'Wenn Ich die Blonde Inge mit nach Hause bringe' which translates as 'When I will bring golden-haired Inge home'. If you look closely though at one of the flowers, I think that this Inge is in urgent need of the peroxide bottle for a retouch.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is kindly hosted each month by Carol over at May Dreams Gardens.

34 comments:

  1. What a lovely collection of spring flowers! My hellebores haven't really opened up yet, they are growing in shade and take a bit longer to get going, but the warmer weather we have had the last couple of days might help a bit! Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Helene. The hellebores have really got going this last week or so with the sunshine on their faces :)

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  2. Hi Anna,

    There's plenty in your garden at the moment :) Lovely photos, and isn't it nice to have sun for once??!!! I've got the day off and fully intend to take plenty of photos :)

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    1. The sun is indeed most welcome Liz. Hope that you enjoyed your day off.

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  3. It's a lovely sunny day here today, fingers crossed that it carries on in to the weekend. I think all your blooms must be reminding you that spring is on the way, not much colour in my garden at the moment.

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    1. You must have keep your fingers crossed tightly Jo as there has been a lot of sunshine this weekend. Hoping to make the most of it after lunch. I'm sure that your garden will soon be a riot of colour.

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  4. That's a sweet collage of blooms Anna!

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  5. Your photos could just as easily have been taken in my garden, Anna (except for Blonde Inge)!It's lovely to see a collection like this and a joy to be out with the camera on a sunny day like today. I don't know how I've managed not to have followed your blog, with all the comments we have exchanged, but I shall rectify that now.

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    1. Well maybe Blonde Inge will wend its way to into your snowdrop collection one day Cathy :) Thanks for your comment which is much appreciated.

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  6. Lovely!
    Happy Bloom Day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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    1. Thanks Lea - hope that you enjoyed Bloom Day too !

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  7. Your hellebores are luscious, and I loved the collage. Interesting little story about the Blonde Inge.

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    1. Oh thank you Holley for your kind remarks. It's an interesting little story - one of many out there in the world of flowers :)

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  8. Your snowdrops are still looking so good - I've only one clump showing - the rest are still tucked under the soil. A bit of sunshine is so welcome at this time of year - despite the snow still being on my lawn today I was still out planting up containers this afternoon. 9c felt quite balmy :)

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    1. You are right Rosie - 9c feels quite balmy indeed almost tropical. Hope that your snowdrops are coming through now.

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  9. Oh, these are lovely. I don't have my post up yet for GBBD, but I'm happy to have found you.~~Dee

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    1. Thanks and welcome Dee. I have now visited your GBBD post and hope that out paths cross again :)

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  10. Such a lovely selection of beautiful flowers, especially Blonde Inge. Today has been so warm, just what was needed to open up the flowers for the early bees!

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    1. No bees here yet Pauline but I'm hoping that their appearance is imminent. Thanks for your comment.

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  11. Lovely blooms and great photos - glad the sun came out for you!

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    1. Thanks Cathy and I hope that the sunshine has arrived in Barvaria.

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  12. What a beautiful selection of flowers, I have hellebore envy! Happy GBBD, glad you are no longer grumpy - though you are right about a certain someone needing a touch-up. Sneaky green!

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    1. I understand why you have hellebore envy Janet after reading your last post - maybe next spring will see more of them adorning your new garden.Yes that green was rather naughty and crept in when I wasn't looking. I wonder if it will return next year :)

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  13. Such beautiful little hints of the coming Spring. It's a gorgeous collage.

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    1. Welcome Bernie and many thanks for your kind comment. Yes there are definite hints of spring not being so far away on the horizon :)

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  14. What a gorgeous collection of flowers. I just love that double hellebore!

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    1. Thanks and welcome Ruth. I must admit that I prefer the singles but the doubles are beautiful too. In fact I've never seen a hellebore that I disliked :)

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  15. Lots of lovely flowers already. I do like your collection of hellebores and thank you for the tip about the snowdrop book you emailed me

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  16. You are most welcome Helen and I hope that you enjoyed the snowdrop study day.

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  17. I see you had the sunshine too, it makes such a difference to the garden - and the gardener's state of mind :-)
    I like your double Hellebore and Blonde Inge too.

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  18. Really beautiful photos. My hellebores in the back garden are doing really well but the one in the front garden doesn't seem to be so healthy. I thought about getting a few more when I was at Wisley but they were so expensive. There were some for £18. Probably not the best place to be looking for them. I would like some more though. If I had the space I could see myself getting quite carried away with all the different varieties.

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  19. Great montage, Anna - I do love spring flowers especially the hellebores! No grumps here looking at the colour in your garden :-) Thanks for your comment on my post, I had a few technical probs with it and reposted but took your comment over :-)

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  20. Anna, Thanks for that wonderful collection of spring flowers -- I can just keep gazing at it and sighing as I wait for spring to get here. -Jean

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Namasté

- Anna.