Unlike Snowdrop Valley, I can’t claim to have an entire valley carpeted with blooms, but I do have more each year. The very first in flower is a clump of S.Arnott at the foot of the mulberry tree. It surprises me every year because I forget that I planted them there several years ago. When the sun comes out the flowers open right out with the petals folding back like wings. Wonderful.
This rather bare patch of ground represents a day's work. I've removed most of the autumn leaves and uprooted the over enthusiastic wild strawberries
I could stand it no longer! Everything in the garden looked SUCH A MESS that I decided I had to make a start on some tidying and take the risk of more cold weather. I began with the woodland area beneath the tulip tree where the matted mass of leaves was concealing cyclamen, snowdrops, lots of self-sown tulipa sylvestris (hooray!) and hellebores. It was an area that had been overrun with wild strawberries that were threatening to choke out everything else, so they have been severely reduced and I’m sure the whole area will look much better for this, especially when I have added a mulch of bark in a couple of weeks.
Tidying up revealed large clusters of Tulipa sylvestris leaves - flowers will follow later this month
Tomato seedlings, sown in coir pellets in the heated propagator on Sunday were germinating by Friday
My pots of species tulips have a gravel mulch, that way I know which to leave undisturbed from year to year.
When I moved here, there were no snowdrops in the garden, now they are popping up everywhere. I divide large clumps just after flowering to spread them even further.
Despite the regular return of miserable weather the plants are as bored as I am waiting for some consistently fine days so snowdrops are opening, daffodils are shooting upwards and pots of tulips are stirring.