Hello! Nallo Lady here again! After delivering a lecture to undergraduates at Manchester University, and having an unexpected coffee (and cake!) with a colleague I’d worked with in 1993-4, it was almost lunchtime by the time I arrived at Dunham.
Note: I haven’t added tags to these photos, in the interests of time.
As you can see by the folded nature of the wood anemone leaves, these are just emerging and only one or two flowers were out:
These lovely long-lasting red flowers belong to Pieris japonica ‘Valley Valentine’:
This beautiful snowdrop (Galanthus spindlestone surprise?), also pictured at the top, has orange stamens and a yellow bulb:
The variety of hellebores continues to amaze me but many people will miss the interest unless they turn the flower heads up from their natural hanging position.
Whilst I was taking photos, a guide was talking to his group, “the rabbits have eaten 4,000 irises this year”. Well, I made sure I captured this stunning example before the rabbits could devour it! Perhaps some rabbit-proofing of the garden is necessary?
Scilla siberia ‘Spring Beauty’ is just coming into flower, the buds lined up to open:
Both these shrubs indicate that spring is around the corner, but when will this cold weather cease? The east wind has brought snow here this morning, and although not unusual at this time of year, it is has been persistently cold this month.
Roll on the weather to match the flowers!