Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tiny Signs of Spring

Walking down the garden today I spotted signs of spring.  Only little signs at the moment and I did have to look hard to see some of them, but they're there alright!

One (yes I did say one!) snowdrop next to the hellebores. (I'm not sure where the other snowdrops have gone...)


Tiny chaenomeles buds breaking


and lilac buds beginning to fatten.


Aqualegia leaves unfurling


And the delicious scent of Lonicera Fragrantisima filling the air.


But the thing I am most excited about is the amount of buds on this - Abeliophyllum distichum (or White Forsythia).



I planted it about 4 years ago and have hardly had any flowers in the past - so this is looking very hopeful!

12 comments:

Toffeeapple said...

White Forsythia? I didn't know there was such a thing, please show pictures when in full bloom.

I do wish that Hellebores would hold their heads up for a change.

Your Lonicera sounds rather lovely.

Jo said...

You've got one snowdrop more than me, I don't know where mine have got to this year. It looks like the forsythia will be putting on quite a show.

Miriam Weaver said...

I have two small clumps of snowdrops( I'm sooo proud) but very little else due to a dog who is slowly digging up everything in the garden. The only reason the snow drops survive is because they are in the front garden. Your garden is lovely as always.

Celia Hart said...

You have a white forsythia!!! Chris Beardshaw on GQT was recommending it, and as I don't really like the yellow sort I was intrigued. It looks like my kind of shrub ;-)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

All so pretty! But especially the white forsythia. Like Toffeeapple I didn't know such a thing existed and now I am longing to plant some here.

Jill said...

Lovely shots of spring, although it seems to have retreated today.

elaine rickett said...

Looks like we are all desperately trying to find signs of spring as the garden is so bleak at this time of year. My snowdrops seem to have given up the ghost although I do have some growing on the windowsill - no flowers yet though.

Maggie said...

I think the mice must nibble our bulbs.... you get told that they just sort of magically multiply all by themselves, but it never works with our bulbs! But we have a lovely show of snowdrops all the same, and bright yellow aconites, lots of green spears of daffs promising a good show. Lovely to see signs of spring, especially with snow forecast for later today!

Anna said...

Oh yes Su the signs are definitely out there. I whizzed himself round the garden yesterday to point out various developments. "Spring is on the way" or words to that effect - all he could say was " Yes it's less than two months to the Grand National" ! Please post some photos of your Abeliophyllum distichum when it flowers - it's on my wish list :)

Wean said...

What lovely clear pictures, may I ask what camera you use ? I'm due to get a new one, and the one I have doesn't 'do' close up details very well. thank you

dottycookie said...

THere are more and more signs everyday - so exciting!

Naida Willis said...

What a beautiful forsythia. You are right to be proud.