What's Looking Good

After the snowdrops

It is a sad moment when the last snowdrops fade but they have given us so much pleasure for the last three months that it would be wrong to complain. Now is a wonderful time in the garden with new arrivals every day. First the hellebores. These have been wonderful for...

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The last of the snowdrops

The second week of March and we still have a few snowdrops. Trym has been superb. It has spread of its own accord in a very gentle way so it now after six years forms a beautiful self contained colony. It is a charming snowdrop with its green markings on the outer...

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Snowdrop Carpet

After many years of effort - dividing and planting - at last I think we can say we have a carpet of snowdrops in our little copse. Perhaps a rather threadbare carpet but a carpet nonetheless. When the sun shines, especially in the early evening they glisten magically...

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A lovely surprise

I had quite thought that the charming yellow snowdrop I extravagantly bought last year had succumbed to the dreadful deluges of December and January. It had not appeared by the beginning of this month and then the snow covered the garden for a week. After the thaw I...

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Where are our snowdrops?

About 4 inches of snow have entirely covered the snowdrops which had been looking gorgeous. I don't think it will harm them. It will probably keep them in a deep freeze until the thaw when they will lift their heads up again. They are so resilient. Until then the snow...

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More Snowdrops

A brief respite from the dreadful wet weather brought a few hours of sunshine and suddenly the snowdrops seemed to be everywhere, glistening and sparkling in the pale winter light. Several of my favourites are already almost at their best. Fly Fishing which is so...

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Mud, mud, mud

This incessant rain is rather dispiriting. We have had more than 3 inches of rain this month already and even our usually well drained soil is soaking. I hardly dare walk on the flower beds as my feet leave soggy prints which can't be quickly raked away. But still the...

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Colour in the gloom

Colour in the gloom

In these long grey days it is important to keep one's spirits up. You must take pleasure where you can in these dreary December days of lockdown. My spirits lift when I see the brave bright yellow of the winter jasmine (jasmine nudiflorum). It has no scent unlike its...

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