Thursday, 4 January 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

This week, I am again Very Thankful I live in England. And especially for flowers in the winter.

I took these photos in my garden on New Year's eve. The variegated holly is a welcoming sight.

And the birds like the berries.

These cyclamen are meant to be indoor kind. But I generally just stick them in the ground after their indoor life. and I am amazed at the weather they can cope with! A few there have gone by, but more keep coming.
You can just see that the rose in front is sending up a shoot. But if it comes to anything, it will probably be small and tight.

Snowdrops bravely come, even if the weather has been colder.
I wrote a poem about them a few years ago.

Polyanthus seem to have the ability to have flowers that grow even in winter.

The leaves are quite strong...looks like slugs or something is trying them out.

They get a bit watermarked, but shake off the cold.

Their more fragile looking cousins the Primula, in pale yellow, are one of the harbingers of Spring in the countryside. But these are polyanthus in my garden.

But the main thing about flowers that has helped me in past years to look forward to Spring are that the daffodils poke up their leaves about Christmas!
Even if worse weather comes in Jan or Feb, you see there is a behind the scenes effort going on for Spring to return.

And this time, there were also promises of hyacinths already! They will probably stay like that till it is properly their time, but it is still encouraging.

So, much encouragement for Spring already!

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Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Sandy,
Well you truly are a breath of spring today! WOW! Daffodils and hyacinths! Ours won't poke out until March or April, although last year we had a warm February. I will certainly enjoy your photos until it is time here, as it was -2 degrees this morning which is about -19 Celsius. Burr! ~smile~ Roseanne

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

Wow- so many flowers starts already! what a great garden. mary in Az

Sally Hurley said...

That's a lot of hearty little plants! It's good to see all that green (I've got nothing but white here right now).

Michele McLaughlin said...

Sandy you are making me yearn for spring! It is snowing here as I write. I'm amazed how well your primroses do there! Have a great week! said...

Wow I am envious of your green. So much promise of spring in your yard.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Such a treat to read a garden post already and I too am envious. You have some lovely plants and I did not know cyclamen could survive outside. I love their flower. All my gardens are under a thick blanket of the white stuff!

Sandy said...

Thanks Jocelyn and everyone.
We rarely get below 0°C/32°, and when we do it is only 1 or 2 degrees. But lately the wind has been quite vicious.
The plants are there, but they usually stay in that state till it actually gets much warmer.

Jocelyn, I don't know how to comment on your blog, as it is google+. But I do try to read what you write.

LA Paylor said...

nice to see color this time of year! Inspiration! I have hot pink baby carnations on the mantel now for a splash of something other than brown. LeeAnna