To celebrate the official First Day of Spring, here are a few plants from the garden, looking rather lovely. I have always liked Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) with their cheerful blue flowers, but they can get a little out of hand. This rather glamorous version is Muscari Latifolium, which has different shades of blue in the flowers. I have been growing it for a few years and it doesn't seem to try to take over the garden. I would be very happy if it did, because I think it is one of my favourites.
Another Hellebore, this time Harvington Picotee which has been in the garden for two years and which has obligingly flowered despite the cold temperatures.
Here come some of the tulips - I'm think these are the multi-coloured ones, but will have to wait and see if I'm right. These are in a large pot and had no protection over the winter, as I read somewhere that they need a period of cold temperatures in order to flower well.
My other recent purchase was this little flowering cherry (Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai) which is just starting to tentatively put out a few flowers. I had one of these a few years ago but gave it away as it was a bit big, then decided I that I needed another one last year, but that one didn't like the situation I had put it in and promptly gave up. So, this is my third attempt and I hope it will do well. It is a rather straggly shape, but the little delicate pinky-white flowers at this time of year more than make up for that.