Saturday saw our first frost of the year, which iced the garden and surrounding landscape. Today was a degree or two milder, though a stiff icy breeze still danced across as I hopped out into the garden in the morning to take pictures of what’s in bloom.
I have already mentioned in a previous post the small blue flowers of the Omphalodes ‘Cherry Ingram’ and the first dangling snowdrop flowers about to open; alongside these, the pulmonarias have also begun to produce their first mauve flowers.
The alpine strawberry, which came from my mum and dad’s garden, has an unexpected flower. Across the garden, the wild primroses are spilling with blooms, and most of the clumps of Geranium macrorrhizum are sprinkled with magenta.
Both pots of Cyclamen coum ‘Maurice Dryden’ on the patio are covered in flowers. I love their gentle tints of purple, and the beautiful leaves.
The aubretia, raised from seed last year, continues to produce occasional flowers in various shades of purple, and the neighbouring Centranthus ruber also has small clusters of pink (although the white plant has finally taken a rest). One of the roses saved from the original garden and planted in the front borders has a pale bud, battling with the cold weather to bloom, and the pyracantha is still flowering, alongside a winter jasmine.
Another out-of-season special is the Knautia macedonica, which continues to send up its beautiful crimson buttons, such a vivid splash of colour in the winter garden.
There are a couple of daisies in the grass, too; dicing with the weather. An interesting mix of flowers, spanning different seasons.
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