Some signs of spring in the garden this weekend. One orange tulip which is from the ones I planted last year and I believe is ‘Orange Emperor’ and another in bud which is from my new selection. A few stalwart pansies have survived the snow, though the ones in the north-facing courtyard are looking less perky. The pussy willow has puffed up and now full of pollen, Myosotis or forget-me-nots are already opening their faces to the sun: such pretty pale blue with the contrasting yellow eye. And new to the garden this year are the dainty and crinkled Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’ a dwarf daffodil who seems to like hiding his star-like head and next to him is Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Blue’ commonly known as Glory of the Snow which I planted in my ‘woodland border’ where it will hopefully spread; bottom right is the lovely Muscari armeniacum, a deep-blue grape hyacinth currently in a shallow terracotta pot.
In spite of all the winter weather thrown at them, my bulbs seem to have come through surprisingly well. So far.