After a week away for work, it was a pleasure to return home and explore the changes in the garden this weekend.

Rijnveld's Early Sensation daffodils in bloomThe Rijnveld’s Early Sensation daffodils had unfurled further while I was away, to blaze in the bursts of sunshine that have punctuated the showers over the past couple of days.

Rijnveld's Early Sensation daffodils in bloom

Rijnveld's Early Sensation daffodil flower

The first slender mauve Crocus tommasinianus, that I hope will in time colonise the back garden, is also in evidence; while an unexpected tawny-striped bud on one of the Crocus chrysanthus ‘Zwanenburg Bronze’ stopped me in my tracks in the front garden today.

 Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanenburg Bronze' bud

The first hellebore flowers are opening in pale pink; snowdrops live up to their name, drops of white on stocky stems appearing along the borders yet to open; and when the wind is not raging, I catch the sweet scent of the flowers on the winter honeysuckle.

Winter honeysuckle flower

Subtle changes, but welcome. Something that I love about this time of year is that alongside the anticipation of watching as new shoots push up and buds unfurl, there is plenty of time to take in each small event as the garden begins to fidget and awaken. While parts of the UK remain beneath floodwater, and even our hilltop is saturated, it is a small marvel to me that spring seems to be marching in regardless.


16 thoughts on “Gold

  1. Brazen is right Sara, and you are so right about February, the changes are gradual enough to enjoy, soon it will be the mad pell mell of Spring and we will all be complaining about how much we have to do! The zebra strip really is quite extraordinary, I never had any luck hanging on to those crocuses for more than one season. Wonder if they would fare better here.

    • This is the second year these crocuses have returned, despite our heavy soil, so they seem fairly sturdy – and so very beautiful. Definitely worth a try 😉

  2. That is the upside of being away from our gardens – the joy of discovery on our return. What pleasures there were waiting for you!

  3. When you see your garden every day it is sometimes easy to overlook the little changes which you only notice if you have been away for a while. I often wonder how I would get on with an allotment that was miles away from my house, so that I could only visit it at weekends…

    • I think it would be much harder to keep on top of an allotment that you had to travel to, and you wouldn’t just ‘pop’ outside for a few bits and pieces for an impromptu meal, but would have to plan your harvests more…

  4. Always so exciting to see what has happened in the garden after a few day’s absence Sara and it looks as there was much going on even in the middle of winter. ‘Zwanenburg Bronze’ is striking – makes me think of a glowing humbug.

  5. We often think of Hillwards when we think of Rijnveld’s Early Sensation. In the Healing Garden we would not have wondered over these beautiful early daffodils, if it wasn’t for your hard work growing them, and featuring them in your writing and photography. Thank you. – The Healing Garden gardener

  6. Wonderful photographs, amazing that your daffs are out already, I’m still waiting on mine although the buds are pushing up. Loving your striped crocus, breathtaking colours and so unusual. A beauty.

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