And so once again, it’s the time for snowdrops. I’m always glad to see them because they seem like a promise of a spring to come. They bring their special beauty, just when everywhere tends to look a bit drab. The fact that the weather has been mostly quite mild, and so they came at a time of rain, rather than snow, makes them no less welcome!It's kind to share!
Sometimes, just sometimes… it’s worth getting up early. Because, if there’s anything I find more fascinating than flowers, it’s the combination of flowers, sunlight, and raindrops. Early yesterday morning, this trio came together.
Water is fascinating. Not only essential for life, but able to contribute beauty to so many other things. Frost patterns on leaves in winter, raindrops on flowers like this antirrhinum, clouds in England’s ever-changing skies… and so many more.
These irises have only just come into flower in the last day or two. I love them not only for their vivid purple colour, but for their amazing array of shapes and markings. I noticed that they have little, if any, scent, yet bees find their way quickly and unerringly to the centre of each bloom. Do they navigate by those markings, I wonder?It's kind to share!
Lithospermum is a plant related to borage, that grows in many parts of the world, and makes a lovely garden flower in Britain. This clump seemed to cheer up a dull day – and blue is rather a favourite colour of mine.
If you click on this picture to enlarge it, you’ll see the detail in the blooms (they’re actually about 15mm across.)
I take heart when it’s tulip time again! To me, it somehow makes a bold statement about the time of year – a season of new life, new strength, and vivid colour. I loved finding these red ones just coming into full flower!It's kind to share!
My faithful friend, Erica! I’ve always loved this flower, and I was glad to find this clump yesterday, where it decorated a small station garden at a heritage railway. Lots more spring flowers are coming out now; it’s always cheering to see them.It's kind to share!
I wondered if I would get a sight like this by this weekend! Despite Storm Doris, I found this first tiny tête-a-tête daffodil today, next to some open, but rather battered, white crocuses. This makes spring another stage nearer, surely?It's kind to share!
The continued erratic weather patterns are still giving us surprises; I found this flowering currant in bloom just today. It seems that in winter these days, we aren’t left entirely without flowers, even though there are sometimes very few. I have a few dianthus blooms and winter pansies braving the cold!It's kind to share!
Witch hazel, or hamamelis mollis is one of the lovely shrubs that flower in winter. This one is in my dad’s garden; the flowers have a characteristic sweet scent. A very cheering sight on a dull winter day, and actually quite easy to grow.It's kind to share!
I didn’t expect to be posting any more pictures like this, this year, but I found this last solitary bloom in my father’s garden, just a day or two ago. I never tire of indigo and magenta, somehow. I made it look like summer was leaving with quiet dignity.It's kind to share!