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BelleWood in Bloom

BelleWood in Bloom 2020

January February March
April


April


Wednesday, 1 April 2020


In my greenhouse. Freesia 'Mercurius', deliciously fragrant.


March


Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Magnolia stellata, like ballerinas, pink tutus spread as they twirl.


Friday, 27 March 2020


A blue hyacinth, a survivor that returns year after year. Not so club-like
and massive as newly planted bulbs. Still fragrant, still very welcome.


Anemone blanda may resemble a daisy. But in fact, it has nothing to do
with Compositae. It's in the Ranunculus family. Look alike, no relation.


Saturday, 21 March 2020


Magnolia stellata now spreading open furry calyces, white petals ready to unfurl.


In a sunnier site my pink Magnolia stellata has a couple
so well open that I shall count them as flowers.


The flowers of Petasites japonicus look like a neat little tussie-mussie.


Narcissus cyclamineus is one of my favorite species daffodils,
with swept back petals indeed reminiscent of a cyclamen's bloom.


Narcissus 'Ice Follies' is a reliable, popular daffodil.


Where there was one or a few flowers of Helleborus niger now there are
groups, as sunny warm weather draws up buds and they open into full flower.


Like dapples of fallen sky, a charming group of Scilla bifolia.


Monday, 16 March 2020

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Shrubs are starting to flower also, such as this lovely Pieris japonicus. It amuses me
that this exotic Japanese "cousin" of our native species is easily obtained and widely
grown. But finding P. floribunda with its upright flower trusses is a difficult thing to do.


There are some interesting cultivars too, such as
P. japonica 'Valley Valentine' with red flowers.


Sunday, 15 March 2020


I am very fond of all the mahonia., for both their leathery, holly-like leaves and
clusters of early bright golden flowers that bees also enjoy. This is Mahonia bealii.


Perennials are waking up too. Lungwort, Pulmonaria saccharata
with its spotted leaves, pink buds that open up into blue flowers.


Hellebores continue to improve their displays as more and more buds mature into flowers.
Colors range from white to greenish white, pale to deep pink and even oxblood red, as here.


Christmas rose. We're well beyond Christmas. Whatever.
Helleborus niger, always white flowered, always welcome.


The clusters of dainty Scilla bifolia flowers may be small
but their starry sky blue hue offers a charming appeal.


Scilla tubergeniana is significantly larger but more subtle
look, the pale color of skim milk with a thin turquoise stripe.


Names, they are a'changing. I learned this as a Chionodoxa
but it has now been lumped into Scilla, becoming S. forbesii.


Most of the snowdrops have now finished flowering. I did spot this
trio of Galanthus nivalis 'Magnet' with their long drooping petals.


Not sure when or where I planted these hybrid, deep purple crocus. Bulbs do
move around here at BelleWood gardens. Squirrels? Crocus vernus cultivar.


Thursday, 5 March 2020


The furry buds of Magnolia stellata, fattening up, promise of flowers to come.


Masses of Eranthis hyemalis will soon vanish back underground until next spring.


Snowdrops are multiplying quite nicely, making large colonies with pristine white flowers.


February


Sunday, 23 February 2020


Another snowdrop, Galanthus ikariae latifolius. Easily distinguishable
by its glossy bright green leaves, rather than familiar gray green of others.


Monday, 17 February 2020

another Day and See! there are more Flowers!


Eranthis pinnatifida, a scarce, reluctantly increasing Japanese relative of
the exuberantly spreading, familiar yellow, E. hyemalis. Oh do hurry up!


Here is Crocus tommasinianus, a crocus that thrives in the shade. And how odd, this one
has eight petals rather than the typical six. I shall have to make a note to watch next year.


Saturday, 15 February 2020

Tho it still be Winter there are Flowers in my Garden


It was 7.7 degrees Fahrenheit the other night. Unharmed,
even more, so many more Eranthis hyemalis now appear.


Small differences distinguish galanthus cultivars.
This little beauty is Galanthus nivalis 'Virid Apice'


Lenten rose, Helleborus Early Purple Group opens its oxblood red flowers revealing ivory stamens.


Monday, 10 February 2020

Food stored in their underground "pantries" enables the little bulbs to spring into early growth and bloom, well before roots can access nutrients in the cold soil. Eager growth before trees leaf out and block the sunlight means woodlands awaken, quicken, before open meadows.


Snowdrops hurry, scurry, pushing up in groups, their paired, emerging leaves
protecting tender, membrane wrapped flower buds as they pierce the soil.


Even daintier, golden winter aconites, Eranthis hyemalis, each blossom perched
on a frilly green Toby ruff-like leaf, spread far and wide by means of light tan seeds.

Closed in overcast conditions to keep their pollen dry, they'll open wide in sunlight.


The early Lenten roses, Helleborous Early Purple Group, shoves its buds
up from under fallen leaves. I need to clean up, but Friday will be colder.


January


Wednesday, 29 January 2020

The calendar still says it is winter. I went into the woods this afternoon and found flowers.
Does this mean it is spring? Probably not. But it is a hopeful sign.


This lovely trio is Galanthus nivalis 'Atkinsii'
Common names are schneetropfen, snow-drop in German, percé neige, snow piercer in French,
and in the UK, variously fair maid of February, or February fair maid in Somerset and Wiltshire

The Snowdrop
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid!

Bulbs have an edge, able to draw on stored food reserves underground
while the soil is still frozen and cold. Even so,


an early perennial, Helleborus ×ericsmithii, has buds and first flowers.


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