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Monday, March 25

Bring me sunshine!

What I call the bird bath bed is situated close to the area where the hellebores and snowdrops are planted. If you look closely you can just see them in the background.
This photo taken by hanging outside an upstairs window (what lengths I go to  just to get photos for this blog) gives a better idea of the relative position.
The bed is close to a downstairs house window and so it is another area where in spring the focus is the colour provided by bulbs. By now I would have expected the crocuses to be fully open, some of the dwarf tulips to be flowering and to have a display of various dwarf narcissi but at the moment this year only the tête à tête are making an effort. Maybe the wet conditions combined with additional watering from splashing birds has been just too much for some bulbs.
I'm not sure that we will see much of the crocuses but maybe with a bit of encouragement from the sun the other bulbs may decide to show their faces.


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

11 comments:

  1. Your daffs are looking really good. I wonder if I will get any at all this year. They're really taking their time! Just as I thought they might start blooming the snow came down again...

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    1. These are the only ones out Anna. We have just been on holiday near Stratford on Avon and the daffodils are reluctant there too.

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  2. You didn't get that nasty weather that other places got further north!! lucky you.

    The photos are great Sue, always inspiring.. and I do so envy you your Hellebores. Mine can't be in the right place as they have done very little over the years.

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    1. I think there was more here last week Bren but we weren't here to see it. Some places further south seem to have had worse of it than we had.

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  3. Heelbores! Everyone is mentioning Hellebores. I feel left out! Presumably these are plants that do well in wet conditions like we are currently experiencing... I looked at some in our local Garden Centre the otther day, but they were something like £15 each. Can you grow them from seed (and if so how long does it take to produce plants mature enough to flower?).

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    1. Yes I have grown lots of Hellebores from seeds - and Monty Don was talking about how to do it on GW last Fri :-)

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    2. I bought a collection Mark from Hayloft but others offer them too. One offer is 10 plants for £20 and another £6.00 for 6 plants just search for hellebores. From seed I think it will take 3 or 4 years to get flowers - maybe longer as my self sown ones haven't flowered yet. They are easy to raise from seed though.

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  4. Hi Sue

    We have noticed a lot of our naturalised garden bulbs have not appeared at all this year - I think they have just rotted in the wet soil :-(

    But the woodland daffs are marvelous as are the woodland snowdrops - and I think the bluebells will be good ( if we ever get rid of the snow!)

    Your hellebore bed looks really good :-)

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    1. I think we have some bulb casualties of the wet conditions too Compostwoman

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  5. That's beautiful collection of flowers!
    Happy Easter!

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