Forget the wettest ever Welsh winter.
And this is the first year that we’ve had the idea of opening the garden, as one of the participating gardens in the new National Gardens Scheme (NGS) snowdrop garden festival. This is maybe a bit precocious for a garden started from scratch just 19 years ago, but I reckon we have upwards of a quarter of a million snowdrop flowers, and about 150 different varieties, built up by annual division and accumulation over a lot of that time, in our 1 acre cottage style garden.
Being over 800 feet up, our season starts a little later than many, but these photos are designed to show that the garden has lots more of interest in the spring bulb, shrub and plant category, as well as the snowdrops.
Timing of flower emergence being very variable, a few of the snowdrops have finished already, but the vast majority are opening now, with some later arrivals only just poking green shoots above ground. So at least this year, our selected opening date was pretty good. I plan to do a weekly photo update, so that anyone deciding to visit can have a better idea of what they might see, and the pictures will change significantly, as Narcissi also begin to emerge and join the scene over the next 3 or 4 weeks.