Crocus ‘cream beauty’

What a difference…7 days makes!

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The garden really is an exciting place to be in spring 🙂

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Our Kitchen windowsill box & other pots & troughs in Winter through Spring

Technically, the cyclamen in our windowsill box are indoors cyclamen, however they are hardy to around -4°C and seem to have been relatively happy on the outdoor kitchen windowsill of our terraced (and therefore sheltered) side return. l covered them with a few plastic bags on the couple of occasions when the temperature really dropped and occasionally plucked off new bud stems that the frost got (you could tell because they simply never opened!) … and as you can see, they’ve pretty much come through unscathed; since the plants simply put their energy into creating new flower stems that had more luck weather-wise! I think they look quite pretty with the multicoloured heathers. These winters heathers were originally all pink as they were sprayed by the garden centre that colour, however new growth comes through in the plant’s natural white flower to pretty effect.

Clearly though, the most exciting aspect of the pots at the moment, is the promise of Spring! Lots of lovely things have started sprouting in the last 2-3 weeks. Daffodils, crocuses and even the odd tulip (not really due til May) are all there, poking through. The pansies are not quite in flower yet, which is a bit of a disappointment – but my fault really for planting them out so late that the autumn warmth had long left the ground. Hopefully they’ll fill out soon and start to bloom with their ‘cat’s whiskers’ faces in amber and gold. I will, of course, keep you updated!

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Snowdrops

These appeared about 10 days ago now, from bulbs planted in November. Apparently, snowdrop bulbs can be very fussy and do not always flower in the first season after planting, but I appear to of had some luck here… l didn’t think so at first of course, in fact I had all but given up on them after no-shows of anything even sprouting by the end of january; but then, all ofa sudden they were just there! And although the camera I’ve used for these pics isn’t the best, I think there is enough detail still to see how charming the snowdrops are. Here’s to an even more impressive display next year
(possibly with the addition of some nivali galanthus ‘giant snowdrops’ by then also 😉 ) !

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