Sunday, February 14, 2010


It is only about two weeks since I wondered out loud when I was going to see my first local snowdrops. I have heard via the various grapevines that they have been flowering well for sometime in the softer Southern climates of the U.K. This week, I have seen the little heads appear through the blades of grass and burst into clusters of white porcelain bloom. The best displays nearest to me, are to be seen in one walled garden that possesses several old trees, close to the riverside. The snowdrops seem to flourish there.

The next delicate flower will be the bluebell and also white-bells. Perhaps they have another name. They flourish in the same setting as the snowdrops do. However, they do seem to be more prolific. Last year nature provided a glorious bluebell walk for me in a wooded glade that was created very many years ago, and remains standing, even in our exposed and harsh weather conditions. 


Anonymous said...

It's good to see these first flowers of the year!
Apart from a few snowdrops everything else seems to waiting for warmer weather as it continues to be cold and wet here.
A fellow gardener told me at the weekend that it's looking possible that her tulips will be in flower before her daffodils which if they do will be a first! Flighty xx

ZACL said...

I've seen tulips, narcissi (though to me they look like mini daffodils) in stone pots that are not in positions of bad weather. They are nurtured. I can't call them 'real' natural sightings.

It is interesting to hear that in your neck of my homeland, things are later than expected. It is the opposite picture to that which is given out by the media. They say Spring flowering is earlier than ever....I can't remember the base line they quoted from.

It is sad to hear Isadora's news; we've known her a long time.


Anonymous said...

I saw that about spring flowers being earlier than ever but this year they must surely be late!

Yes it was sad to read her post. As you say she been a good longtime friend. Flighty xx

Leah said...

Glad to hear things are flowering! I hope that means it will warm up now. :) I think we call the little white bells that flower just as spring is coming lily-of-the valley. Perhaps they are a different species than you have.

BTW, you can feel free to comment on my posts, I just don't want much for conversation. I hope you didn't feel bad. I was not well when I wrote it, so please forgive me if I made you feel bad.

ZACL said...


I am so delighted to hear from you. I do hope you feel perkier soon. It is wearing when things prolong.

Plants are flowering, when not covered by slush, ice and snow. It has all returned in the last 24 hours.

We do have Lily of the Valley, one of my most favourite flowers. I adore the perfume and well as the absolute beauty and purity of the bloom. They flower for a very short time, usually about March in this area. The white bells were not them. I must speak to a friend, who nurtures the glade where I saw both white and blue bells, she is knowledgeable and has blooms in her garden I would never expect to see here, such as a Chinese Rhubarb. I think I posted a picture on it once, late last year, (possibly September time). If not, I shall seriously think about doing so!

Leah said...

Oh, interesting. :) Yes, our Lily of the Valley bloom in either March or April, depending on how late spring comes.