The morning was so sparkling that I stopped for a photo opportunity while loading the car. It was -3 according to the new thermometer – it almost never gets this cold. In the greenhouse the poblano/ancho chillies are still producing. The lambs seemed happy enough – after weeks of rain and wind sunny and cold is probably preferable.
There were a lot of seasonal firsts this week – the first Anemone, the first Dutch Iris, Eye of the Tiger, and the first of my new scented Narcissi, Avalanche and Geranium.
I have always loved the smell of Paper Whites but Geranium (above) is sweeter and more complex.
Avalanche (above) is a sweet little lemon cup.
The shrubby perennial wallflowers, Erysimum, are starting their long bloom period. The lemon one flowers for around 9 months. The big hyacinths are lasting so long in their pots, and smell so sweet in the garden, but several had broken off in the wind so I salvaged them for the vase.
It’s also the first time I have grown Wurmbea stricta or Onixotis Triquetia as it was sold to me (the little spike of pink and magenta above). A South African plant, it has settled in well and has been flowering for a few weeks now.
I planted quite a few new Dutch Iris this year which are all lovely masses of silvery leaves right now, but the first to flower is an older one, I think it is Eye of the Tiger.
Over at Rambling in the Garden, it’s anything but frosty with the hot colours of mid summer flowers.