After my last post, bemoaning the garden in winter I thought that I would try and, well if not celebrate it, then at least look for the good stuff. Okay, so as I stood there wondering what to photograph there wasn't very much to show, but there was a bit of 'promise' here and there.
When the two small conifers I had in the front door pots finally succumbed and died I decided to do some winter pots. The holly in the left pot is female and the one in the right is male, so at least the female will always have red berries. If they ever get too big (or me too bored) I will replant them in the garden itself in the future. Lower down in the pot are a selection of pink tulips for Spring and something else (and although I wrack my brains, I can't for the life of me remember the other bulbs I put in, but I know it was something.)
On the left here is a camellia that my father gave me for Christmas, it is called a Preston Rose which seemed quite apt (as Preston is near here). A gorgeous deep pinky purple flower and there are loads of buds on it. On the right is my rhododendron - very small still, but gave me quite a good pink display last year. Rhododendrons aren't everyones favourite, but since I was a small boy and happened on an enormous bank of them in bloom I have never forgotten how captivated I was, so I had to have one, even if it is a small dwarf one.
These snowdrops don't look much right now, but they will do soon, always a pleasure to see them arrive.
Now these really don't look like anything much, but they will, oh yes, they will. The pots on the left all are packed full of cream tulips and are going to look wonderful en masse like that. The strange looking thing on the right is my tin bath, also packed full of tulips (pink? red? no idea, can't remember. It is like I forget immediately once I put them in, but will be a lovely lovely surprise when the time comes). I added some mulch and wrapped fleece around it because the tulips were already poking their heads through and we are still likely to get some bad frost/snow/end of the World weather yet so I was a bit concerned by their exuberance.
So nice things do exist out there, we just have to find it and celebrate it.