Six on Saturday | Blustery Saturday

And still the storms continue.

But in a brief hour of sunlight I nipped out into the garden to examine the damage. A cold and blustery wind did not make taking photographs easy, but needs must.

First some more shots of the lovely Crocus Chrysanthus ‘Blue Pearl’ and ‘Cream Beauty’ and Crocus ‘Orange Monarch’  which still remain in the conservatory. At last the sunlight enabled them to open. For a short time.

Out along the woodland border the colours increase with more Hellebores joining the party. Now I have white, pink and a greenish one. A shame they hang their heads down when they have such lovely faces. But I am pleased to see so many buds on my Hellebore niger.

I took the opportunity of the sunlight to get some lovely backlit photos of the  ‘Tête-à-tête‘ which is one of the most popular dwarf daffodil. I have a few clumps in the shady borders and some in containers too: it is so cheerful to see them around the garden at this time of year. The pretty green bowl that held the purple irises a month ago is now full of daffodils. I have no idea what is in this pot as I just planted all the leftover bulbs from last spring. I think there might even be tulips.

Making its debut on the SoS posts is my driftwood ‘sculpture’. Until now it has been lying unseen beneath my dwarf Hebe, but this winter I decided to move it to the gravel garden and stood it on end. From certain perspectives it almost looks like some kind of dwarf giraffe or maybe a camel.

Under the Willow tree the crocuses continue to open and get flattened. It is sad to see them lying on the ground as they flower for such a short while. You can just about make out Crocus Sieberi tricolor and Snowbunting bravely making an appearance. The ubiquitous Forget-me-nots are getting ready to take over now.

Meanwhile on the patio the pots of tulips are doing OK despite the continuous battering they are experiencing this year.

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  1. Pit says:

    How beautiful! Here, we are still waiting for the colours of spring to arrive.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The weather is wet and mild rather than the cold and frosty days we usually associate with winter so the plants think it is springtime!

  2. fredgardener says:

    Very nice pics as always! The right picture of driftwood made me think of a lagerstroemia trunk , so the bark is smooth ..

  3. Jo Shafer says:

    Spring will come if we but wait. I’m still waiting . . .

  4. I would say a camel rather than a giraffe . Stunning Irises – I haven’t seen as deep a purple before.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The iris is J. S. Dijt I think. From one view the driftwood looks like a llama, endless amusement 😏

    2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

      Everything looking so lovely in the sunshine

  5. If you hadn’t said that the weather had been awful where you are, we wouldn’t have known. Your photos are all sunshine and spring.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Selective photography 😉

  6. Beautiful photos. Most of my crocus have got flattened today. I wish they were a bit tougher.

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Glad you got at least a little sunshine for these shots. They really do make it look as though spring has arrived. Storms, what storms? Stay safe — and I hope there’s progress on the conservatory.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Drying out the conservatory. Not much we can do until we get a period of dry weather.

  8. Such beautiful springtime colours, Jude. I hope your weather calms itself soon. 🙂

  9. pommepal says:

    So pleased to see a brave show of colour from the spring bulbs, despite your shocking weather

  10. You have rainbows of wondrous colour there, Jude. Glad you manged to finally get outdoors and braved the cold. Lovely photos! I really like the light coming through on the Crocus Cream Beauty.

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