Thursday, 15 January 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day ~ January 2015


Just one glimpse of the outer world today - the very first hellebore to arrive at the party. There are other plants carrying plump buds but they seem reluctant to flower. I'm not surprised as it's still perishingly cold and windy, so I've kept relatively warm to celebrate Garden Bloggers Bloom Day venturing in to the greenhouse to capture a handful of my 'special' snowdrops.

Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'
Galanthus 'Lapwing'
Galanthus 'Wasp'
Galanthus 'George Elwes'
Galanthus 'Lost Label'
'Lost  Label' is a double possibly 'Ophelia' which I've bought in the past but then it could quite possibly be something else. All suggestions welcome.

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens who kindly hosts 'Garden Bloggers Bloom Day' where I'm sure there will be all sorts of winter gems to tempt and tease.

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  1. Beautiful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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  2. Gorgeous snowdrops... Wasp is so elegant.

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    1. Thank you Jessica. Yes is rather elegant and sophisticated :)

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  3. I just left a comment but it disappeared. So at the risk of repeating myself; I love your double hellebore and gorgeous snowdrops. The Greatorex doubles are so similar, I can' t tell them apart. Anyway, Lavinia is lovely even if she is not Lavinia.

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    1. Oh I'm sorry that your comment disappeared Chloris. I've had some problems recently commenting on Blogger :( Yes the Greatorex doubles are hard to identify. She is lovely though unlikely to be 'Lavinia' as I've never acquired her to my knowledge.

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  4. Snowdrops in bloom, a promise of spring!

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  5. Lovely photos, 'I like George Elwes' they are like elegant wings.

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    1. I can see the likeness Brian now that you've mentioned it :)

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  6. Lovely to see some of your special snowdrops. I can't make up my mind which I like best, the ones which look slender or the ones which spread their petals out more.

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    1. I find it difficult to decide too Jo - they have their own attractions :)

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  7. Your Hellebore is so beautiful, and your snowdrops just gorgeous! I recognised Lapwing straight away, like seeing an old friend again!

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    1. 'Lapwing' is one of my favourites Pauline. It's one that you recognise immediately.

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  8. It's odd how the hellebores are dragging their feet whereas other things are definitely earlier - it's the same here. Your snowdrop photos are gorgeous, Anna - how do you get such clear shots when you show them close up like this? And do you actually use a black background? Ophelia is VERY frilly inside, and has those fat almost teardrop shape buds that are crammed full of petals - does Lost Label have those attributes? Turned chillier again here today, with a couple of hail showers - I was muck shifting (well, emptying the compost heap!) and my fingers were suffering after less than an hour, even with gloves. Hey ho, it IS January ;)

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Cathy. I think that the photos could be even clearer so am still striving to improve. These photos were taken in the greenhouse with black card pegged on to a piece of stiff cardboard as a background. I've used different card this year and it's a bit disappointing to see it appearing more like grey than black in some of the photos. I have read a few descriptions of 'Ophelia' and looked at a few photos. I think that my lost label may be her but am not convinced yet. I was out this afternoon but only lasted just over an hour - can't stand it if my hands get cold. The compost heap should have been warming yours up :)

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  9. Drool, drool, drool! What else am I supposed to say Anna :) Nice to see your Hellebore blooming too, I like to think that spring is not too far away now. Cold here this evening with a light dusting of snow.

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    1. The white speckles you can see in the background of the hellebore photo were the remains of little sprinkles of snow Angie :) Hope that you are managing to keep warm and snug.

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  10. A lovely hellebore, and so nice to see some snowdrops! They are all nice, but i do rather like George Elwes. Do you have a favourite one Anna?

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    1. I suppose it's a bit like children Cathy. I shouldn't really have a favourite but if I whisper they won't hear - my all time favourite is one called 'Diggory' but I love them all :)

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  11. Another cold snap on the way. It's going to reach here although a bit moderated by then. It's good news as it kills the bugs - there were too many last year following a mild winter. I admire your scrutiny and appreciation of the nuances within the snowdrops - though I fear they'll be under a bit of snow looking at the forecast on the Beeb.

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    1. A cold snap does have some advantages Rob. I hope all those pests are quivering in their boots. All the snowdrops that featured in this post are in the greenhouse living a pampered life Rob so no danger of them getting snowed under :) The ones outside are ok at the moment .We are forecast snow tonight but probably not enough to cover them.

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  12. I love snowdrops and hellebores at this time of year they lift the spirits

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    1. They do have that effect indeed Sue especially on greyer days.

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  13. I'm intrigued by Lady Beatrix and the slim hips of the Wasp - you have photographed them very lovely too, Anna. How nice to see the first Hellebores...no sign of them here yet.

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    1. Oh many thanks for your kind words Annette. I'm smiling at the thought of the "slim hips of the Wasp' and can see what you mean. Hope that your hellebores arrive at the party soon.

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  14. Lovely close ups of your snowdrops, how do you manage to bend down so far to capture them.

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    1. Thanks Elaine. I don't have to bend down - they are on a bench in the greenhouse :)

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  15. Your snowdrops are blooming--spring must be on its way!

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    1. Not so far off now Rose although it doesn't seem like it at the moment as we are having a cold (for us) snap.

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  16. Your snowdrops are a delight. Every garden should have some and then have some more. I need more!

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  17. Beautiful photos Anna, and how smug must you feel to have been able to share your lovelies without getting cold or collecting muddy knees! Your hellebore is a beauty too.

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