This is probably my favourite British wild flower. It takes me right back to my childhood when they were a common sight in fields and we used to pick them by the handful and stuff them into jam jars filled with water. I grow these from seed many years ago and they have happily spread themselves around the garden.
When cowslips and primroses grow in close proximity to one another, they cross pollinate to produce an interesting variation called a false oxlip – in a true oxlip, the flowers droop to one side.
I couldn’t resist buying these pretty violas to put in some pots, their little faces are so appealing!
These large white daffodils with their frilly trumpets and yellow glow inside, are looking absolutely stunning in the garden at the moment.
My Camellia shrub has loads of flower buds this year, but unfortunately something has nibbled the ends of the buds so that when the flowers open, the petals have scalloped edges! I suspect a snail is the culprit. This one appears to be unscathed.
The yellow crocuses looked stunning this morning with the sun behind, I just had to take a photo. Seems like Spring is on its way at last!
A beautiful red rose for Valentine’s Day.
The dried, skeletonised flower heads of Hydrangeas look so delicate, yet they have survived whatever the weather has thrown at them recently, bringing an ethereal beauty to the garden border. I have given this image an antique tone.
A macro of a Chrysanthemum flower from a bought bouquet. The colours are so striking it seems to explode!
The 2nd of February is Candlemas Day, a Christian Church festival. Snowdrops are also known as ‘Candlemas Bells’ so I thought they would be a good choice for my photo of the day.
For me, snowdrops signify the first tentative signs that the garden is awakening from its winter slumber. Roll on spring!
Check out my review of The Rococo Gardens in Painswick, Gloucestershire to see the snowdrops.
This is a macro of the Amaryllis I posted when it was still in bud. This is Amaryllis Red Lion – a bold and striking flower, but at the same time delicate.