February 04, 2013

simple flowers

Sometimes, especially in the cold, lean months of winter when there are so few plants in flower, the simplest plants become the quiet stars - their very smallness requiring close observation to appreciate the details.  In my experience, close observation of flowers is a very wonder-full and life enhancing thing!



I think it is a great idea to plant enough snowdrops so that they can be picked to take indoors without feeling any damage has been done on the display in the garden? They are such a potent and long awaited symbol that winter is drawing to an end, and so pristine and simple, I love having a little bottle of them on my bedside table in January and February. If you plant the variety, elwesii, you will have ones that give out a delicious and subtle honey scent as a bonus.




Pots of forced narcissi, on the kitchen table or window sill are a little blast of sunshiny happy too - mine have grown a little drunkenly, but I love their cheerfulness!


These are the flowers I am bringing to Jane's flowers-in-the-house party, thanks for hosting Jane! xx

28 comments:

  1. I planted several bulbs eight years ago, but only one plant survived and come up with three or four flowers each year. I heard that its better to plant plants!

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    1. Yep, planting 'in the green' is the way to go. x

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  2. Ah Belinda, so glad you're partying with us. Your snowdrops are simple'y lovely as is the glimpse of your bedroom.

    Any special conditioning tips for the snowdrops?

    Hope your patient is enjoying a swift recovery.

    xo Jane

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    1. The best way to cut snowdrops is to cut right to the bottom of the stem and when they are not yet fully open, that way they seem to do the opening in the vase and last about 5 days.

      Patient is on the mend thanks but a hopeless sling wearer! x

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  3. The snowdrops are so charming, and the narcissi are a burst of beauty. I like the pot they're in.

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    1. Not sure there is anything sweeter than a snowdrop? x

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  5. One day, I will have enough snowdrops that I can bring myself to have some indoors. At the moment in the garden, I have four. Not enough! tx

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    1. Nope, you def need more than four! Hears to dreaming of white carpets of them some day. x

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  6. Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing.

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  7. Oh I adore snowdrops. So sweet and lovely. I am also resolving to try to grow narcissi when winter comes around.

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    1. Silver charms is a gorgeous one to try? x

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  8. I'm going to search out 'Elwesii' snowdrops.

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  9. I keep meaning to plant snowdrops and then forget when it is time to order bulbs. Note to self: plant snowdrops!

    They are lovely and so plucky - like spring might just be around the corner. Hope the son is doing well.

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    1. Don't get the bulbs Webb, buy them 'in the green', when they have gone over - good nurseries sell them like this, they are so much more likely to take. xx

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  10. Ooh, thank you for the elwesii tip! I adore snowdrops but have to grow them in big tubs in our teeny courtyard garden. Sadly in all that blustery snowy weather both pots broke ... I was so disappointed. But there is a whole bank of snowdrops just down the lane here so I can still get my snowdrop fix!

    Gorgeous images Belinda :D

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    1. A snowdrop fix is just what is needed to make February bearable! sorry to hear about the tubs, it is all joy and tears in gardening! x

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  11. I love the stunning simplicity of your bulbs x

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    1. Thank you, sometimes simple is so good isn't it - I always think that when I look at snowdrops! x

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  12. Simplicity rocks Belinda. Love them. Sinead x

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    1. That is a phrase to live by, Sinead! Mwah from England xx

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  13. Greetings. Just discovered your blog and have spent a happy half hour admiring your photographs. Beautiful shots of snow drops. I like to bring in Hellebores too. Happy Gardening!

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  14. Hi there, thanks so much for visiting, so glad you enjoyed the photos. I love hellebores too, but find them difficult to keep perky, do you float yours in a bowl of water? x

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  15. Hi Belinda,
    I'm Loving the delicate blooms by the bedside, super to wake up to.
    X Lisa X

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  16. Nice photos. I needed this post and thanks for this post.

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