On The First Day Of Spring
Helleborus x hybridus
The first day of meteorological Spring turned out to be lovely.
The weather may have gone downhill since but on 1st March the sun shone and it was almost warm. Far too nice to be cooped up indoors. There was nothing else for it. A spur of the moment decision had us abandon thoughts of household chores and drive up to the RHS garden at Rosemoor.
Cornus sanguinea ‘Magic Flame’
The Winter Garden seemed the best place to start, there would still be plenty to see.
The structure is striking and so is the wonderful array of scent. There’s no missing the presence of Sarcococca as you make your way down the path. Mike found an early flowering rhododendron and began to focus for a shot. When he was done I asked him to get a photo of the name tag too. It saves me having to remember, or walk around taking notes. He disappeared under the shrub for several seconds and emerged waving the camera triumphantly aloft. I went to look at the screen and read the name on the tag. Narcissus. The underplanting. Doh. My position as gardener-in-chief is safe for a little while yet.
In many areas of the garden they are planted in drifts with snowdrops. I must do more of that here. It’s lovely.
Hellebores grown en masse around the Winter Garden shelter
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
We captured this image of the sun glowing on the bark a split second before that approaching black cloud snuffed it out.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Saint Ewe’
Moving on from the Winter Garden there is plenty more to see.
A tunnel connects two parts of the garden. I love the way it frames this view through to the stream.
Snowdrops grow high up on the rocky banks.
All the better for admiring the fine detail of their skirts.
Can there ever be enough?
A few freshly cut stumps and the occasional pile of logs are the only evidence now of the ferocious winter storms. The first signs of Spring blossom on the woodland edge:
Prunus mume ‘Beni-shidare’
Crocus, naturalised in the grass
And Narcissus cyclamineus
My very favourite miniature daffodil. Don’t they look superb?