Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring on my Balcony

The giant crocus is getting .... gigantic indeed (for a crocus)

and the fragrance award goes to ....

and primulas

Spring is really just around the corner

Monday, February 24, 2014

Electric Blue

As a very kind reader suggested in a previous post, here I am back with some close-up photos of the irises.
I was in a hurry, so I did not excel in creativity, so, Dani, here's what I've got:

And although this is no iris, I found this litte sweet creature, so I had to take a photo of her

As well as of the anemone bud

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Spring is slowly crawling in

We had no proper winter this year, so nature is early, very early I might say. I do however fear big frosts in March.
For the Siberian Iris, there's no worry. It can stand all frosts despite its fragile appearance.

I also have three primulas in bloom.

This is a wallflower that I bought last season while it was in bloom. After a few months' break, it started bloomin again - and I thought it was not a perennial.
I love its sweet fragrance!
Rosa Pierre de Ronsard is one of the roses with pretty red buds. But all of my roses have branch buds growing, so it's them I'm worried about in case of late hard frosts.
Fingers crossed!

 I love the Japanese quince and its bright pink blooms. They are in bud right now, but still very pretty. As a bonus, they are in the neighbour's garden, but a few branches entered my garden and I'm not complaining about it :)

Speaking of buds, here's this one. It has a curious habit, sending its flower buds straight from the ground, like a worm poking its nose out.
It's called Eranthis Cilicica.
My white helleborus opened a couple of blooms. Blemished as they are, they're still a joy to my eyes after all these colourless months.
 This other mauve helleborus is just getting there - a big promise with all those buds just waiting to open up.

And there's this other helleborus - the dark one (I don't know its exact name).
The snow drops were the first to show up. I have two kinds so far, the blooms seem pretty much identical, but the leaves are completely different.
These are what I know to be the classical ones

And these are the ones with the weird leaves.

Last year I had some double ones in another bed, but there's no sign of them.

Although it's the second year, I'm still surprisd by the fact the my rosemary blooms in early spring.
And I'll end the tour of my February garden with a pretty view made by succulents and a baby columbine.