Beds and borders were full of this lovely little tulip T. turkestanica in an Oxford garden last week. Planted as bulbs five years ago they’ve naturalised and re-appear every March ahead of other tulips and as a welcome extension to the Spring bulb display.
In other beds carpets of blue Anemone Blanda were providing colour and interest whilst waiting for herbaceous plants- just visible through the soil- to wake up from Winter.
In the garden here several Erythronium Pagoda (Dog’s Tooth Violets)are in flower and have formed sizeable clumps in less than a year. They fight for space surrounded as they are by the lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) another early harbinger of Spring but not a favourite of mine. I resent its invasive spreading habit and that it’s colonised most of my garden and I look forward to it melting away in May as thankfully it always does. It looks charming in deciduous woodlands and I can appreciate why poets celebrate it but the mat of greenery surrounding the pretty yellow flowers depress my spirits in this small garden. It’s a squatter and I am determined to evict it with a trowel bit by bit.
There’s not much to pick in the garden currently but three hellebore flowers look very sweet sitting in a saucer found at a car boot sale last weekend.