|The weather is remarkably warm at the moment - far too warm for February - but I have resisted the temptation to tidy things up in the garden. We probably have some severe frosts to come yet - just to zap the fresh new growth - and I would rather have some of the old dead leaves there to give the plants some protection.|
|Clematis cirrhosa balearica had quite a severe haircut last Autumn - it was blocking the gutter and had invaded the back room via the fanlight window. |
It seems to have responded well and has been flowering enthusiastically for some time.
|Clematis cirrhosa "Freckles" is just as exuberant in growth, having taken over the wall and invaded the ivy and the Mahonia.|
It has larger flowers with beautiful red spots inside, but flowers much less profusely.
|In bed five, Hamamelis x intermedia "Arnold Promise" has just opened and is flowering very well, although Hamamelis x intermedia "Diane" has only a few flowers so far.|
The pale pink Viburnum fragrans "Nana" has been flowering for some time and, now that it has grown a bit, is doing very well this year.
|Abeliophyllum distichum in bed four has also flowered very exuberantly this year.|
It needs to - it's a very boring, straggly little shrub for the rest of the year. Its only virtue is that it flowers so early.
|Iris unguicularis has been flowering for some time, its flowers partly hidden in the old leaves. I like their unruly appearance.|
|All the Helleborus orientalis are flowering well as usual. This one is a particularly strong pink but has very little spotting.|
|The smaller things are also flowering now. The snowdrops, snowflakes and primroses scattered around the garden have popped up through dead leaves and other plants.|
Crocus chrysanthus "Cream Beauty" is doing well in one of the old sinks.
| A very pale yellow Kabschia Saxifrage (possibly "Denisa" but I can't be sure) has just started flowering in one of the lumps of tufa on the crazy paving.|
In bed five I spotted the first flowers on the pink Viola odorata "Coeur d'Alsace" today, so the white and violet ones will probably be out soon..
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