February Bloomers

Camellia 2 Wm



I don’t know the variety of camellia, but it’s a success story. When we moved in it was in a small pot by the front door. As the soil here is on the acid side of neutral I planted it out in the garden. From a sick, spindly, yellowing specimen it is now leafy and flowering. I should give it a bit of a supplement in a week or two though, it is showing tiny spots of chlorosis returning in the leaves.


Crocus Wm




Snowdrops 1 Wm[1]


There are still snowdrops drifting in some parts of the woodland


Snowdrops 2 Wm


Hellebore1 Wm




Mahonia Wm


Mahonia aquifolium


Primrose 2 Wm[1]


Primula vulgaris. Wild Primrose


Pulmonaria 2 Wm




Daffodils Wm[1]


And Daffodils in bud, a taste of things to come


February Bloomers

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  1. Em February 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    How lovely to see – thank you. Nothing is really flowering here other than primroses and snowdrops. I have four different Lungwort varieties and none of them look even close to doing anything! Yours look glorious. x

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      It won’t be long Em, I’m sure! Most of these are only just starting to come out.

  2. Cumbrian February 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    All we’ve got is a few snowdrops, but they make you feel spring’s here.

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      They certainly do, and it feels like we’ve been waiting a long time..

  3. haggiz February 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you Jessica, your photos have really brightened up a very cold grey day here. Julie x

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Thanks Julie. It’s been sunny here today but very cold too.

  4. Sarah February 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I can hardly wait to pick flowers from the ground instead of from the end of the aisle at the store! I’ll probably need to revisit you later this afternoon as we are in a winter storm warning here, expecting up to 24 inches of snow. I look out my window and all I see is gray, brown and white. it’s dreadful.

    Pick a bouquet and enjoy them for me! 🙂

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      24 inches!!!! Good grief. Keep warm…

  5. Melodie February 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! We are in spring bloom here too. Every spring I think,I should have planted more bulbs and come fall I usually do. There is no such think as too many flowers right?

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Absolutely right! Enjoy your spring flowers. I hope the goats don’t nibble them!

  6. ropcorn February 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    So beautiful! Can’t wait to see some flowers here in Sweden too! 🙂

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Make sure you have your camera ready!

  7. Judith February 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    It does your heart good to see the flowers coming, despite the dreary way ths winter seems to be dragging on. Lovely post.

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Judith. I am just willing Spring to come now.. another icy blast coming our way before it does though. 🙁

  8. Anne February 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I am suffering severe spring flower envy!! You are way ahead of us – all we have is a tiny clump of snowdrops and some mimiature daffodils!

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      The pheasant has pecked my Tete a Tete! Otherwise I would have included a photo of them as well…

  9. elizabethm February 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I should have taken some photos while the sun was out and the temperature was high enough to wander around outside. Now it is so cold here and the wind takes the skin off your face! Next week perhaps…. I should have most of these out there somewhere in the cold and wind! Lovely to see them here.

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      It has become really cold here too now. Just when the ground had dried out enough to think about doing some weeding.

  10. Jacqueline February 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Dear Jessica,
    Your photographs of the early Sring flowers in your garden are wonderful and so welcome on this freezing day !!!!
    Snowdrops and hellibores are some of my favourite flowers ….. my hellibores are a little behind in flowering because our garden faces North but, I can see the flowerbuds just waiting to come out.
    ………. and many thanks for your lovely comment today. XXXX

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      I was going to go to a Hellebore Day at RHS Rosemoor this weekend, but if I do I think I will be wrapping up warm!!
      You have a lovely blog Jackie, Jx

  11. Denise February 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Blooming gorgeousness! I adore flowers, even more than cheese. We have a struggling primrose and a small bud on the willow arch here. Loads of bluebells popping up, but will be a while before we get the blue. Too cold…blue hands and toeses and noses only.

    MMM Denise

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Cheese is my weakness too. And Hot Cross Buns. And and and…
      Keep warm Denise.

  12. BadPenny February 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    How lovely. We did a snowdrop walk last year with my mother who loves snowdrops. I am enjoying the tete a tetes I put in coming up

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      I planted loads of daffs last year, they are so cheery. I do prefer the smaller ones though.

  13. steph February 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    all that loveliness so early!!! i had some hellebores budding a few weeks ago, but the cold weather has made them hunker down again. pretty funny to see the leaves hiding the buds—where before, the buds were reaching for the sun. a few daffs thinking about budding, but nothing yet. enjoyed seeing your early spring!

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      I hope you are not in the path of all the snow that has been forecast for some parts of the US.. brrr!

  14. CherryPie February 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    It is looking very pretty in your part of the world.

    The snowdrops are out here and there are a few buds the starts of green peeping through. But no blooms yet!

    • Jessica February 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      I’m hoping they’ll survive the next icy blast, it was the warm weather earlier in the week that brought them all out. But at least it means Spring cannot be too far away. Can it?

  15. Rosie February 22, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Lovely spring flowers to cheer up the grey day outside my window. We have tried to grow snowdrops and helebores in our garden but they don’t like our very heavy clay soil, the mahonia seems to cope with it though. Lovely photos:)

    • Jessica February 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie. Ptolemy is my problem with hellebores – he snaps the flowers off. Doesn’t eat them, just casts them aside on the ground. Obviously they offend him in some way!

  16. young at heart February 22, 2013 at 10:51 am - Reply

    oooh…..you’ve brought a bit of spring into a chilly friday!!

    • Jessica February 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Spring was surging ahead at the beginning of the week, all stopped again now!

  17. Wendy February 22, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Lovey photographs. Hellebores are a favourite of mine (although, to be honest, I love to see all the early spring flowers). I’m glad you had success with your camellia; the flowers are such a striking colour – perfect for a grey, gloomy day at this time of year.

    • Jessica February 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Wendy. The camellias are really putting on a show in the garden today. I need to master cuttings; I’ve tried but never succeeded.

  18. Mitzi February 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    You’re making a much better go at it with your Camillia than I am. Had it 4 years now and although it produces an abundance of buds I’m yet to see it come into full flower. Obviously not got the magic touch.

    • Jessica February 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Mitzi and welcome to rusty duck!
      Oh no! What happens to the buds, do they drop off or just fail to develop?

  19. Simone February 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Your plants are looking wonderful. I have 3 snowdrop flowers but nothing else as yet!!!

    • Jessica February 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      It will all come at once when it starts to get warmer again!

  20. snowbird February 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    What beautiful images, they certainly cheered me up on what is a grey cold day here. I popped across from Wendy’s post and very glad I did so.xxxxx

    • Jessica February 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Hi snowbird and welcome to rusty duck!
      Thank you. It has become much the same here. I’m sure Spring like days will return though, and when they do I think we’ll all be ready..

  21. Sarah February 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    The flowers in your garden are beautiful and I love the way you have captured them! We aren’t quite advanced as you in Dorset.
    Sarah x

    • Jessica February 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sarah. Surely only a week or so and you’ll be bursting out all over too!

  22. Heda February 23, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Gorgeous. I love the sunlight highlighting the pictures.

    • Jessica February 23, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Heda. It was a rare break in the grey winter skies and very welcome too.

  23. domesticali February 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Lots of fat buds, but only my pulmonaria has produced a flower. Something ate the primroses I think. Mind you, it’s baltic – I think I’d stay wrapped up in my bud if I was a flower for a little while yet!

    • Jessica February 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      It is truly baltic today, I’m looking out at the weeds (at last it is dry enough to get out on to the soil) but staying firmly indoors this afternoon!

  24. starproms February 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    You are a lot further on than we are in Bedfordshire. Lovely pictures Jessica. I especially like the pulmonaria.

    • Jessica February 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Well we were… it’s now got so cold down here you may well catch up! Thanks Oma.

  25. Natalie February 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    What beautiful spring flowers!! Meanwhile I’m in snowdrifts up to my waist… 🙂

    • Jessica February 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      Ooooh. Minus 5C forecast for tonight. Nothing for you guys I know but bloody friggin cold for me! Spring will come to Ontario too. Soon. I hope.

  26. Laura February 26, 2013 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Thank you for that flower fix! I can last a couple more months now!

    • Jessica February 26, 2013 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Hi Laura and welcome to rusty duck!
      We have had a run of poor summers in England, but to you guys the growing season must seem precious indeed. You will enjoy it all the more when it comes!

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