As I write, it is snowing heavily. I rushed out before breakfast to capture these photos, and the light levels were low, so I have ended up with some rather sultry shots.
First, there are the hyacinths. They are a little bit weather-beaten. They have been in the ground for a few years, so are skinnier than the first-year bulbs. I quite like this: you appreciate the individual flowerlets. They are a bit more dignified and lived-in; sculptural, if you like.
That second image has a shoot of Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ elbowing its way in. When the flower-bud opens, I love the electric mauve of the wallflower with this lilac-blue hyacinth. The blue-green foliage of the wallflower works well too. Like all the best planting combinations, this was by accident rather than design.
Next, let’s have some narcissi to brighten things up. These are: ‘Jetfire’ just taking off, with its wings turned back; a ‘Jetfire’ in bud, currently grounded with Scilla sibirica, and ‘Tete a tete’, looking contemplative. The scilla are incredible, but I seem unable to capture their brilliance in a photo. They glow electric-blue down my front path. They are easily the most dramatic flower in the garden right now, though they are the tiniest.
Back to the sultry ones, here are some hellebores. I thought I would focus on the dark veining of unopened buds. I love the plum tinge of the foliage too.
And I am quite pleased with this photo of Helleborus foetidus (stinking hellebore):
Again, I love the plum staining at the edge of the ‘petal’, and the perfect cup-shape they make. They are such an unassuming flower, and quite unfairly named.
My real excitement this morning was the first tulip bud. And I keep meaning to include the cherry-red shoots of Euphorbia sikkimensis, so here they are, alongside:
And finally, Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’, which hasn’t hit its stride yet, and looks decidedly hairy, and also rather purplish around the stems. But we all take time to buff up in spring. This is another electric blue, and can you see that the petals have just a hint of shimmery sparkle?
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