Cheltenham borough council have planted 75,000 square metres of wildflowers in the local parks. This particular patch had a mix of seeds which included Flanders poppies to commemorate the centenary of WWI, Ammi majus (Bishops Flower), red flax and cosmos. These urban wildflower meadows are so uplifting to look at and the insects were loving them too. Well done Cheltenham BC – may other councils follow your example!

Wildflowers: Flanders poppies and Ammi majus

Sadly, the tulips are past their best now, but remain beautiful to the end.  I thought this one with its floppy petals, still had an ethereal quality which I just had to photograph.

White Tulip, showing stamens stigma

Previously known as Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ it has been renamed Lamprocapnos spectabilis in 2011. This is the white flowered version of Love Lies Bleeding or Bleeding Heart, which gets its name from the heart-shaped flowers which drip from beautiful arching flower stems. It is a hardy cottage-garden flower, which performs well in both shade and sun, so long as it doesn’t dry out. It is looking spectacular at the moment with so many flowers on it. I couldn’t choose my favourite stem, so I cropped it down to these two flowers.

White Dicentra - Lamprocapnos spectabilis

This is an evergreen, spring flowering clematis, the flowers of which are a creamy white and have a gorgeous scent. It is a very vigorous plant, so I would advise you to give it something strong to climb up, with plenty of room to grow!

Clematis armandii

I decided on a macro shot of a beautiful speckled Helleborus, taken from the posy of flowers I picked in the garden today. I adore the colours in this flower and deliberately gave it a soft bokeh.

Close up shot of speckled Helleborus flower

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!

Macro of clump of snowdrops, with bokeh background showing other snowdrops

Check out my review of The Rococo Gardens in Painswick, Gloucestershire to see the snowdrops.