Tuesday, 21 April 2009

What else is in flower

After my comments yesterday about it being nice to see more flowers coming through to replace the bulbs. Well I have had a wander round the garden and here are a few more. All where photographed last evening.

Hellebore

This is still in full flower at the base of the walnut tree. The flowers tend to merge into the background of the foliage but when you look at them in isolation and close up they are fantastic, one of my favourite flowers.


Lithodora ( Forget-me-not)

These have self seeded all over the place which is not a problem as the splash of colour is electric at this time of year,

Primula veris (Cowslip)

I found these cowslips growing wild in the lawn last year, I decided then to leave a patch at the bottom of the garden unmown to try and encourage more wildflowers. It seems to have worked as I have more plants this year. I have also sown the area with a wildflower mix hopefully this will bring results later in the year.


Juglans regia (Walnut)

The Walnut is also breaking into leaf and is covered in these male catkins, the female flowers form on the ends of twigs, I couldn't find any female flowers I presume they form later to prevent self pollination.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta (English Bluebell)

My bluebells are also just beginning to flower. these are English bluebells not the Spanish bluebell that is slowly taking over the British countryside, the anthers in the Spanish variety are blue rather than the cream colour of our native.