Today dawned bright and fair, unlike yesterday when dark clouds scudded across the sky as storm Doris made her presence felt. Luckily we got off fairly lightly, and the after-morning's bright sunshine tempted me out for a quick walk around our estate. How rewarding it turned out to be... perfect for a weekend wander here on't blog...
We're pretty much at peak snowdrop now and I'm rather taken with the Pulmonaria combination in the guerrilla garden out front, especially as it's a good one for bees. Trouble is, I don't remember adding the snowdrops. I wonder if the local squirrels lent a paw to my efforts.
The early morning sunshine was just skimming the top of the high wall round the corner and added a striking brightness to the colony of moss there. Moss is usually much maligned in our gardens, but here nature's chosen to highlight its fragile beauty.
This cherry tree's been a striking feature all week. We're blessed with some superb specimen trees on our estate, and these early blooms herald much more to come. The dark pink flowers show it's not Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis', which is the usual winter flowering cherry we see.
Closer inspection and the profusion of blooms leads me to think it's Prunus 'Kursar', confirmed by Alan Down via Twitter who adds: "Another of Captain Collingwood Ingram's selections and a really good small garden tree". The warm weather earlier this week must have tempted it into bloom ahead of its usual flowering in March.
The first daffodils are out on the main road through the estate, perfectly placed for the sun's first few rays slanting through the trees to find them.
Turning back home now, I followed the line of an old hedgerow by Hardenhuish Brook. The hazel catkins looked good against the blue sky and I felt this particular tree was trying to stretch out towards the disappearing contrail.
Our final floral highlight is one of the 'Washfield Double' hellebores I planted this time last year. They've turned out to be a mixture of dusky pinks, creams and yellows, but the three I've planted amongst the snowdrops in the guerrilla garden are all white. Quite a coincidence.
I hope you've enjoyed our quick walk around my neighbourhood. Where will your weekend wandering take you?
Update: I've added this post to Les's fab Winter Walk-off 2017 meme, which I discovered via Loree's walk around Portland (which in turn reminded me of my bench photo over at Sign of the Times). It's been great to have a virtual wander around everyone's neighbourhoods.
You may also like: I posted about a longer autumnal walk a while ago over at Sign of the Times, which shows you a little more of Chippenham.