Iris reticulata ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ (reticulated iris, bulbous iris) flowered before the snow, flowered through the snow, and is continuing to flower throughout the Entry Garden. I love her colour!
One of, if not, the earliest flowering herbaceous perennials here at the garden is the hellebore. Helleborus ‘Heritage Strain’ (Lenten Rose), came through the snow in the Westview Terrace and will hold its flowers for the next six weeks or more.
Helleborus cultivar with speckled white flowers.
A new addition to the collection in the Floral Hall Courtyard, Helleborus x hybridus ‘Onyx Odyssey’ (Lenten Rose), a deep purple-black, double hellebore.
This Helleborus cultivar can be found in the Westview Terrace among the many in flower. I only just removed last-year’s foliage.
Iris danfordiae (Danford iris), also buried under snow for a short while, brightens the Garden Hall Courtyard beds with its primrose-yellow flowers.
The daffodils are here! Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ are in full flower in the Entry Garden and Westview Terrace.
Tulips are also coming! Under the trellis in the Arrival Courtyard, Tulipa ‘Ice Stick’ (Kaufmanniana Hybrid) gives the first taste of more to come (‘Ice Stick’ is definitely one of my top 10 tulips for 2014)!