Spring flowers in my garden

As the weather has been unseasonally mild I’ve been able to potter around in the garden a bit earlier than usual. I have no illusions that this is the end of winter for us though as we’re more likely to get snow at Easter than at Christmas, but the spring flowers are loving the weather and the snowdrops have been blooming for ages now. The ones that I transplanted for the wedding decorations are over and done now, they didn’t like being taken indoors.

snowdrops

These crocuses adored the sunshine. I’d never seen them open so far before.
Crocuses

Crocuses
Some of the wedding decoration snowdrops – below.
snowdrops
The miniature daffodils have survived the rough winds we’ve been having over the past few days.
miniature daffodils

miniature daffodil

miniature daffodils

The purple haze behind the daffodils below is a spring flowering heather, so the garden is beginning to look quite cheerful again, but I’m not going to clear all of the winter detritus away until I’m sure that the cold weather has gone. All those dead bits of last year’s plants help to protect them from frosts which I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of.
miniature daffodils

Spring garden in Fife, Scotland

It seemed like Spring arrived early this year with everything beginning to bloom sooner than expected. Well it has mainly been a very mild winter with very little in the way of snow, and what we did get melted very quickly.

crocuses

The crocuses above are multiplying each year, but they only look their best when the sun is shining on them. Typically we got the heaviest of snow after everything began to flower and I thought that the delicate snowdrops, aconites and primulas would be flattened, but they’re not as fragile as they look.
snowdrops

When warmish weather appeared after that I had intended to get stuck into the garden and clear away the winter debris, but suddenly the wind seemed to be coming from Siberia again and it was just too cold to brave it. I can’t wait to start gardening again though.

The winter aconites below are already seeding themslves around the garden, I always feel so lucky when that happens, flowers for free, just because they’re happy.

aconite
The clump of primulas below really needs to be split up, I must remember to do it when they stop flowering, which probably won’t be for another month or two. They’re such good value.

primula

I’m never sure if my hellebores below are Christmas roses or Lenten roses as they always flower in between the two festivals.
hellebores

Isn’t the snowdrop below a beauty? They’re clumping up nicely but this one below seems to be a bit of a loner, splendid in its isolation. It reminds me of a wind turbine, and I mean that in the nicest possible way, as I happen to think that wind turbines look elegant.

snowdrop

Last week I received my free tree and dog rose seeds from The Woodland Trust in the post, and they’re germinating already. Exciting times! I’ll keep you posted on their development.

More gardening

Crocuses 1

Pansy

I can hardly believe that we’re in March already, where is the year going? Every other day I’m finding something new in the garden which is blooming away cheerfully.

I love this time of year when the tree buds are beginning to fatten up too but it’s been hard work because I didn’t get to give the place a proper clear up before we were engulfed with snow and ice.

I’ve been gardening with the camera slung round my neck trying to get photographs of all the birds which hop around me while I uncover juicy morsels under garden rubbish, but they’re just too fast for me. I think they’re having a bit of a laugh behind my back.

Anyway, the plants can’t move so I managed some photos of them.

Spring has sprung

I’ve been hard at it in the garden over the past few days. It’s been such a long hard winter, the garden was just full of detritus that had to be cleared away.

It’s amazing what a few frost free days can do for growth though and plenty of things are beginning to poke their noses through the earth.

I haven’t spotted any ants so far and I’m hopeful that the terrible long cold spell has done for a lot of them. I did see one ladybird which I think is quite an early visitor for this area anyway.

As you can see the crocuses are doing their best at the moment but the daffodils are only half as tall as they should be and nowhere near flowering yet – which is just as well given that we had a howling gale during last night and all today. That’s normal for this time of year though.