It has been wet. And windy. There have been torrential hail storms, and the sullen skies have been raked by fingers of lightning, cracking and booming. The garden has been laid quite low.

Daffodil Rijnveld's Early Sensation

Yet somehow, miraculously, the daffodils are standing proud once more, glowing in a deceptively warm spell of sunshine despite a few tatters around the edges of their petals. I apologise for yet more photos of our Rijnveld’s Early Sensation, but they have really come into their own this year, to form this chorus line along the front fence.

Row of Daffodil Rijnveld's Early Sensation in bloom

From just twenty-five bulbs shared along this fence and the narrow border that flanks one edge of the front lawn, the originally rather sparse groupings have begun to flow together to create this ribbon of gold. Other narcissi around the garden are in various stages of growth; some still green shoots, others topped with slender green buds.

Many of the tulips in the ground have pushed up distinct rosettes of foliage, several inches high, while the new ones that I planted in pots in the autumn are rosy beaks just pushing through the soil.

Tulip shoot pushing through the earth

The first Crocus chrysanthus ‘Zwanenburg Bronze’ that erupted weeks ago in the front beds have melted in the wind and rain, but in the back garden there are several small clumps just opening up. Apologies for more repetition here, but they are such a fleeting treasure, and I love their tiger stripes.

Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanenburg Bronze'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanzenburg Bronze'

The snowdrops that I planted in the last couple of years, mostly divisions from my Mum’s garden, are starting to clump up a little this year. The snowdrop is a sociable plant, at its best in clusters and carpets, and I am thrilled that already ours are looking a little less solitary.

Galanthus nivalis snowdrop clump

A couple of winter heathers that we rescued from the original garden are looking pretty in pink, at the edge of the path.

Winter heather

And our first hellebores are finally coming in to bloom.

Helleborus orientalis

I added a handful of hellebores to the garden two winters ago; the Corsican hellebore and Helleborus x sternii bloomed beautifully last year, but H. niger and the hybrids pushed up nothing but glossy leaves, so  it is particularly rewarding to see these first flowers. A few more plants added last year look as though they too are now biding their time in their first winter, so I must wait for another year to see them bloom. Gardening certainly rewards the patient…


26 thoughts on “Chorus

  1. It doesn’t matter whether it’s been a mild or a heavy winter, it’s always a joy to see spring flowers! This is the first year that I’ve planted tulips; I thought I wouldn’t see anything for several weeks yet but mine are also starting to push up through the soil. It’s really very thrilling!

  2. Thank you for sharing your Spring flowers, the progress of your daffodils (number, is somehow a comforting descriptor, too) and the weather says it all. Similarly, our first Spring flowers are here in a rainy and blustery monsoon-like season. We think of Goldilocks, 25 daffodils are just right. Not too much. Not too little. — The Healing Garden gardener

  3. Never apologise for photos of daffs and crocuses, they are a dose of much-needed cheer, and I am sure anybody passing by your house appreciates the chorus line flashing their frills! Interesting about your hellebores, I am going to move my remaining niger into the relative shelter of the back garden, its leaves are salt-blackened, not a happy little plant, and I think it needs richer soil. I think it should be corsican hellebores in the front garden, they will thrive, just not in the shady so-called woodlandish border I had planned! Patience is all, particularly with bulbs and hellebores. And shrubs. And trees. And growing from seed… OK. so gardening = an exercise in patience! Enjoy your stripy crocuses and glorious daffs, glad the wind didn’t shred them utterly.

  4. There seems to be a change and a real feeling that Spring is in the air, the crocus is really lovely they are my favourite early Spring flower.

  5. I can’t decide whether my daffodils are early or whether it’s been feeling more wintry than it is. Despite the high winds, they’ve stayed standing. So much is down to direction.

  6. Wet and windy – now that’s a surprise! Glad things are surviving, though, and it seems amazing that the daffs haven’t been buffetted, although I suppose being against the fence helps. Thanks for sharing all your blooms.

    • It won’t be such a statement of the obvious when I look back on this winter’s posts! The daffs have all been laid out at times, but they’ve bounced back marvellously. The ones along the garden border have shrivelled now though, so perhaps they bore the brunt without the shelter of the fence.

  7. Oh what a stunning band of gold Sara so please don’t apologise! Today I spotted that a clump of daffodils on the other side of the stream that runs alongside our garden boundary, already has one flower open. They were there when we arrived so have no idea what they are but they have never flowered in February before. Last year I saw daffodils flowering in June so I’m not sure just what is going on. You are quite correct about patience although it does start to wear thin with age 🙂

  8. Sara I love your daffs and crocus they are like little bits of sunshine, the other flowers are lovely too, you have been having worse weather than here recently so long may your sunshine last, Frances

    • Thanks, Frances. I suspect we have been experiencing what is rather more common for you, so hurrah that you have escaped this time! The sunshine when it comes illuminates everything from the inside out, I hope there is plenty more to come!

  9. Well, the daffs may look a bit ragged round the edges, but you still have lots of other nice things. My daffs are only just beginning to come out, though the Irises and Crocuses are in full swing.

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