I couldn’t resist stopping to take a couple of shots of this stunning pool of purple crocuses that I passed on an otherwise unremarkable grass verge.
Spring is gathering pace, the welcome sunshine illuminating drifts of early flowers throughout gardens.
In the last week of January a glint of gold on the ground caught my eye as I left the house; the first crocus flowers in bloom, Crocus chrysanthus ‘Zwanenburg Bronze‘.
In the first weeks of the year, our hilltop has seen extremes of weather.
Last weekend was a three-day break for many in the UK, thanks to the bank holiday, and as usual we took the opportunity to catch up in the garden.
I found myself quite captivated by one of our clumps of the fuchsia-pink Barcelona tulips, now in their third year here, as I took a rest from working in the spring sunshine on Good Friday.
The garden is erupting into flower.
The earliest tulips in our garden are usually the wild tulip, Tulipa sylvestris, that I planted along the front fence line to take over from the early daffodils, and this year is no exception.
This year, our Magnolia stellata has found its feet and begun to flower for the first time in this garden.
It’s that time of year when the blue skies are once more reflected on the ground, as the earliest of the blue flowers make a comeback in the garden.