Saturday, 15 February 2014
The constant gales and driving rain have thwarted my plans for this month's Garden Bloggers Blooms Day. My idea was to show you this forthcoming new stamp issue and match the stamps with the blooms in my garden.
Today's weather means I'm stuck indoors instead. The trees are howling and I daren't go under them even for a quick snap of the snowdrops. A quick gallop around the garden earlier in the week confirmed I have 3 out of the 6 featured flowers in bloom at the moment - primrose, snowdrops and lesser celandine, with the daffodils and blackthorn well on their way too. I must add some dog violets so I can claim all 6 next year.
As you can see the hyacinth experiment* I started in January has indeed resulted in stumpy flowers. Whether this is down to the alcohol used or other factors is hard to say. This experiment merits further investigation, though whether I can stand a kitchen constantly smelling of stale booze is another thing - perhaps my choice of cheap cooking sherry was a bad idea ;)
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
* = I was wondering whether the reported method of restricting the growth of paperwhite daffodils by growing them in alcohol would also work for hyacinths, which I've found also flop over when grown indoors.