February 16th, 2006

countrygirl

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Quite spring-like here today. I may not summon up the energy to do any real gardening but here's a pretty thing.


Pink cyclamen growing with snowdrops, which also look good with hellebores.



It's a pity you can't see the maroon spots inside the hellebore flowers.

I read in the Telegraph's gardening section last Saturday that snowdrops 'struggle in clay'. The struggle obviously availeth here, as they do very well. This time of year galanthophiles go mad spotting different varieties of snowdrop. I like to see snowdrops en masse. I like them to be visible from the house so that I don't have to go out in the bitter cold, get on my knees in the mud and then, with frozen fingers, lift up each tiny head to see the captivating little stripes and spots that make one flower 'different' from another. Pick a few for a tiny vase and you can worship in comfort. They have a faint but sweet smell, too.