The main news for this month's Blooms Day is how the snowdrops have come out in force since their brave showing through the snow last month. All the flowers I showed you then are still very much in evidence (though less soggy, thankfully!), as is the iris I showed you last week.
But it's the snowdrops which dominate this month's show: I just have plain Galanthus nivalis, plus its double form G. 'Flore pleno', but I love them nevertheless. Most of them were a birthday present a few years ago, bought in the green and steadily multiplying ever since, so I always feel like they're a present all over again when they start blooming in numbers. I've started my annual snowdrop count, which currently stands at 1033. It looks like they're around a fortnight behind last year's count, but there's plenty waiting in the wings still to burst forth, especially in the guerrilla garden area.
I don't really go for collecting lots of Galanthus species: I prefer to have masses of the ordinary ones as they're special enough to me. However, I may add a new one to my collection this week, because I'm due to go snowdrop peeping with Patient Gardener on Friday at Painswick Rococo Garden. As well as being noted for its massed planting of snowdrops, it's also home to Galanthus nivalis 'Atkinsii'. According to the garden's blog, the noted snowdrop grower James Atkins retired to one of the estate cottages and may have helped to create the display at Painswick. Galanthus nivalis 'Atkinsii' is named after him and it's claimed he found it in his back garden there. To buy some as a souvenir of our visit somehow seems to be the right thing to do :)
The pictured winter aconites on the right are also treasured as they were also bought for me in the green as a present when we first moved here and I actually planted them out on my birthday. They've been multiplying slowly and now form a tiny yellow trickle of a stream down the edge of the front side garden. I'm hoping they'll spread themselves down the bank eventually, so the trickle becomes a river. But patience is the key here.
Both they and the crocus nearby (a free gift with the aconites) are portents for March: when the current masses of white in my garden give way to the bright yellows of the long awaited daffodils.
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.