Saturday, 7 March 2015

A good gardening day

Eranthis Tubergenii Group 'Guinea Gold' is the last to open here and perhaps the most spectacular.

A really productive session working on the main border. A big clump of Nepeta was edited out.

Today has been the first decent day of the year - far better than decent actually - very lovely. Warm and sunny, with the Curlews, Lapwings and Skylarks in voice all round, and the flowers wide open - pure pleasure to be outside and working in the garden. Shirt sleeves, and tea outside too - though I don't suppose winter has completely receded yet. However, with these temperatures the snowdrops and crocuses are going over fast, so this will be the last weekend to see a good show from them.

Narcissus 'Bowles' Early Sulphur'

Galanthus plicatus 'E.A. Bowles'

Galanthus nivalis 'Susan Grimshaw' is just getting going, unfurling its large flowers for the first time today.

The (mostly) Crocus Bed, where I grow selections that I'm observing or bulking up.

This 4x4 white one turned up in one of my submissions to the RHS Crocus Trial a few years ago: it's rather good. It must've been an unflowered seedling in the clump I dug corms from.

I was not the only one enjoying the crocuses today.


  1. What a wonderful day yesterday was, how lucky we are, spent all day in the garden too ... Your white crocus 4x4 what a gem a joy to see so many bees

  2. It looks wonderful having such a sunny day! Where I live it has ben raining almost every day this year, so I really look forward to some sunshine! I love your snowdrops. I didn't realise there are so many different variants! Have a lovely day! Anne-Kristin

  3. Love your phrase 'edited out'; sounds so much better than 'got rid of'. We've been making good progress too at Sissinghurst due to the presence of the sun, it makes such a difference and really lifts the spirit. Helen

  4. Enjoyed reading this post John, glad you had a good day

  5. Galanthus nivalis 'Susan Grimshaw' looks superb, how tall does it grow John?


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