Bulbs in the snow

John Grimshaw j.grimshaw@virgin.net
Mon, 13 Mar 2006 13:48:09 PST
Unlike the balmy warmth of Maryland so poetically described by Jim McKenney,
the British Isles are still in the grip of a protracted winter, with heavy
snowfall across much of the north and west. I was staying in Herefordshire
on Saturday night and woke up to find a white blanket and heavy snow falling
over the garden. There was no chance of seeing the snowdrops there and a
cautious retreat had to be made. Here the snowdrops are still forming white
carpets, and many are at their very peak; yet others are still in bud. Only
the earliest of daffodils are in flower, and the hellebores are still mostly
in bud, or with just the first flowers expanded. I have seen no Magnolia in
flower at all, and as for goldfish and waterlily leaves...

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

Tel. 01242 870567

Spring open days 2006

Mothering Sunday  26 March
Easter weekend 15-16-17 April
May Day Bank Holiday Plant Sale 1 May

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