Candy LoveAfter all that rain I have enjoyed spending a few hours in the garden today and even caught some sunshine. I had a jolly good tidy up. I managed to plant out my broad bean plants and peas which have been overwintering in the greenhouse in the raised vegetable beds. Last weekend I had dug in some manure and compost so I hope the plants appreciate my efforts! ( I really should check when I am meant to dig manure in. I don’t want to though – just in case I’ve got it wrong and I should have been out there in the Autumn!) Potatoes are chitting indoors. I also planted a few more pea seeds, Kale and Lettuce. I’ve discovered packets and packets of flower seeds which I’ve obviously bought at various shows and forgotten. I ran out of time with my planting plans so the flower seeds will need to be a job for next weekend.

Today was a day to enjoy the sunshine. We had 4 Great Tits trying out our nest box for size. Great Tit Sketch I have bought another couple of nest boxes which are currently sat on our kitchen table waiting to be put up. Another job for next weekend! Gardman Beach Hut Nest BoxOne is a very posh one from Waitrose which I think there is now a waiting list for quality accomodation in our garden. Mr Smiles said `That looks very John Lewis and no we cannot paint the shed duck egg blue and make it look like a beach hut!’. I disagree! Maybe that is another job for me for next weekend!

I had a very enjoyable afternoon taking photos of the flowers blooming in the garden. A couple of weeks ago the garden seemed quite barren.Now the yellow daffodils are looking very cheerful. I have a few brash, bold trumpet variety and then quite a few clumps of minature Tete-a-Tete. These beautiful dainty dwarf daffodils are a golden yellow with swept back petals. If you would like to know more about different types of daffodil do check out last years Blog Post – Heralding Spring!

Garden Daffodils                                     A host of Daffodils   Tete a TeteDaffodils The other Spring bloom which always does well in my garden is the crocus. They really do bask in the sunshine when they can and look beautiful when back lit.

Colourful Crocus Flowers

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Sunbathing

The show stoppers in the garden at the moment are the Hellebores. I recently purchased two new varieties to plant out in the front garden. Helleborus Winter Sunshine and Candy Love are virtually indistinguishable at the moment, both having pretty creamy pink flowers.  Candy Love does seem to have slightly smaller flowers.  I am the proud owner of 6 different Hellebore plants now. I would highly recommend them as they do provide some interest in the garden before the other Spring plants come out in a Blaze of Glory.

 Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Winter Sunshine’ 

Winter Sunshine

 

Helleborus x ballardiae ‘Candy Love’

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Helleborus x ericsmithii `Winter Moonbeam’

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Hellebore orientalis Tutu

This one is a such a beautiful frilly double form of Lenten Rose it really does remind me of a ballerina’s tutu.

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Helleborus (Rodney Davey Marbelled Group) ‘Penny’s Pink’ 

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Helleborus orientalis Double Queen

Helleborus Double QueenI’d love to know if you have Hellebores out in your garden at the moment and if you have a favourite?

 

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