A few days ago I wouldn't have been able to take this picture. The wintry weather meant pretty much all the blooms in my garden had flopped terribly and were looking most sorry for themselves. It just goes to show what a difference just one day can make.
Looking at these Hellebores this morning reminded me there's an important factor which makes our own gardens so special to each one of us. It's not the garden's design, it's sense of place, or the plants we've bought ourselves - whether impulse or planned. It's true those are all important elements, but the gifts from our friends - from both nearby and from blogging buddies in my case - make our gardens truly special.
I often get down about how far away many of my blogging friends are, but later in the year I'll be sitting outside in the garden and they'll be right there with me, in the shape of the plants they've gifted :)
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.