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Flowers of February

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It’s really cold outside, and windy too. But the sun is shining so I popped out to take a few photos. There are quite a few flowers considering this is the coldest time of the year in Scotland.

Some of the photos are a bit blurry because of the wind. I did my best, but my hands very quickly became painful in the cold and i didn’t linger long out there.

I’m amazed to see a couple of my Escallonia shrubs trying to flower now. This is E. Iveyi…

Winter pansies living up to their name, although they have been taking a rest and have only just started to flower again….

Iris reticulata with the lovely red foliage of Leucothoe ‘Scarletta’…

Most of the Hellebores only have one or two blooms out so far, but the ones in sheltered situations are doing well…

Autumn flowering Cherry

Little alpine Alyssum with evergreen foliage. Its a brave little thing and looks good all winter.

Close-ups of three of the lovely Helleborus x orientalis

Primula…always early this one…

First flower on Viburnum carlesii which will scent this whole area of the garden later in the spring…

Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ still in bloom

Whereas Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ has lost her fiery filaments and now all that remains are these lovely cherry red flower calyxes.

Cyclamen coum can go on for months..

But pulmonarias are beginning to peep out as well…

Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is now beginning to break bud and won’t flower much longer…but to be fair, it’s been going since October!

And the first of the denticulata primulas are beginning to emerge. I was worried about these this winter because it has been so wet and they looked pretty rotten.

Snowdrops are going strong but have passed their peak now..while the first of the Tete a Tetes are only just beginning to open, very slowly..

A tiny little vinca which was recently purchased for a pot is starting to flower…shyly..

And back in the warm of the house the last of my Hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs is opening its blooms in the kitchen. This one a double white form…

Some pretty things to remind me that spring isn’t so far away after all. :)

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You have some beautiful plants in flower Karen and such a treat to see at this time of year. I really like the green Hellebore.

13 Feb, 2020

 

Thanks Homebird...when I went to look at the green one, it made me gasp I must admit :)

13 Feb, 2020

 

Especially like the escallonia, K....Good for flower arrangements I should imagine.....the photos are beautiful.

13 Feb, 2020

 

Looking great Karen, lots of nice things happening, the viburnum is very early isn’t it and I really need Leucothoe in my garden.

13 Feb, 2020

 

I counted the Amaryllis buds...6 on each stem! Result! :) thanks Julia and Dawn xx

13 Feb, 2020

 

Fantastic amount of colour for February, and I’ve never seen a white Escallonia before - beautiful 🙂 .

13 Feb, 2020

 

Hi Karen, looking good as usual, my 'arnold promise' hasn't even started flowering yet, still in bud, so something to look forward to, Derek.

13 Feb, 2020

 

The garden is looking super. some wonderful detail captured in your photos.

13 Feb, 2020

 

Thank you. Its a lovely one Sheila. Quickly makes a big shrub. My garden birds love it for perching near the feeders. :)

Derek..I’m baffled by the lateness of your Arnold Promise..but as you say...something to look forward to! Mine is going over now. :(

Thank you SBG. It was so cold! Brrrr!

13 Feb, 2020

 

Your lovely photos have been very clever because they do two things - they capture the beauty of so many plants in your garden but they also capture the real chill in the air. I can really sense how cold it was! How brave they all are.

Just wish I could pick up the scent from the viburnums - now that would be really clever Karen!

14 Feb, 2020

 

It certainly would Chris! Thank you. These flowers are all over the garden. So they look great on here, all together, but in all honesty, the garden is pretty much asleep.

14 Feb, 2020

 

Some beauties there for spring flowering.

14 Feb, 2020

 

Thanks 3d, but its still very much midwinter here. It always amazes me what will flower. I don't recall seeing flowers in February when I was a child. ...except for the Helleborus niger that my 'auntie' Joyce had in her front garden.

14 Feb, 2020

 

May it's because there are more of a variety of plants here now than we had years ago from other countries.

14 Feb, 2020

 

Yes, that’s true.

15 Feb, 2020

 

Karen, you’re right, as a child everyone’s garden seemed bare except for a few snowdrops then daffodils and thevidd Daphne, how times have changed :)

15 Feb, 2020

 

So much! Our generation has achieved a lot horticulturally!

15 Feb, 2020

 

You have a great many lovely flowers in your garden, Karen! :)

16 Feb, 2020

 

Thank you Balcony. I am itching to get planting now!

16 Feb, 2020

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