In these early weeks of spring, each bloom spied in the garden is a delight and it gives me such pleasure to collect a few to bring indoors, faff about with arranging them and photograph them for Cathy’s weekly gathering. I could spend a lot of time faffing about with flowers… So, what do we have today?
:: there are still a few hellebores at the bottom of the garden. Note to self: plant more for next year.
:: Muscari are popping out all over the place, diminutive blue soldiers lining the paths.
:: Tete-a-Tete daffs – this stem has three flowerheads – are the only narcissus in bloom in our garden at the moment; later varieties are on their way.
:: most of the snowdrops are going over but there are still a few pristine flowers here and there. I’ll be lifting a few clumps to divide and spread further around the garden this week.
:: the three pots of Iris reticulata I bought last month are still blooming their socks off and choc-a-bloc with flowers. I’ll plant these into the garden when they’ve finished flowering.
The final photo above is of Cerinthe major seeds that I’ve been soaking in water overnight. Their seed cases are very tough and I read that if you soak them before planting, they’re more likely to germinate. I’ve not tried growing this plant before, so hopefully it’ll work. I’m planning ahead for sumptuous summertime vases 🙂
How was your weekend? Ours was a whirlwind of birthday preparations and celebrations for our girl. This birthday in particular has had me feeling quite wistful and conscious of time whizzing by. Slow down! We spent a happy half hour crowded around the computer screen yesterday looking back at photos from when the children were small. ‘Mum! Dad! You look so young!’; ‘Noooo! You cannot show that picture of me in my pants!’; ‘Oh, that’s hilarious!’; ‘ Look at our old house/garden!’; ‘Oh, I remember that!’… Big sighs and smiles all round. On the one hand it seems such a long time ago; on the other hand it seems like yesterday.
Wishing you a fab week.