Taking photos for the end of the month view was bit of a struggle. We garden on a windswept ridge. A wonderful viewing point for the surrounding countryside. Disasterous for tender plants- and for taking photos. Everything was a blur as Storm Doris hit the garden.
The snowdrops opened today, about a week earlier than last year. Temperatures for January varied between -6 degrees and 14 degrees. It’s caused many winter flowering plants to open early. I just hope we don’t get a cold spell now to damage the flowers.
This is my “Hodsock Priory ” corner. I always buy a little pot of snowdrops at the open gardens we visit. It’s a nice reminder of a lovely day out. Mum and I are going to the famous snowdrop press day next week. We call it the Chelsea of the snowdrop season. For us it marks the end of our winter hibernation, and the start of lots of lovely snowdrop garden trips out. Hodsock opens from 4th Feb to 5th March, 10am to 4pm. Click on the link for more information. The gardens are full of wonderful scented plants. A real treat for the senses. –
The Easton Walled Garden snowdrops are cheering up the pottingshed window. Easton, just off the A1 near Grantham, opens 11th to 19th Feb, 11am to 4pm. A wonderful place for a winter walk. I can highly recomend the little cafe where there’s home made cake and tea. Mum and I have spent many happy hours there. And I was lucky enough to work for Easton last winter, writing newspaper and magazine articles. I had no trouble finding nice things to say about this historic garden and the renovation work that has saved it for future generations of visitors to enjoy. It’s such an inspiring place.
Mum and I bought these cyclamen from Hodsock plant sales a few years ago. They seem really happy in the leafmould in the wild garden. We just buy one pot every time we visit. They soon build up into lovely display. So cheerful at this time of the year.
I bought some hellebores from Ashwood Nurseries years ago. This one is a seedling from the original plants. It flowers from mid January in a shady spot.
Thanks to Helen for hosting this meme. Why not go over and see what’s looking good in Helen’s end of the month view.