Gales, alpine treasures and crocuses

February came to a dramatic end with gales and rain. The lids on my alpine troughs could not withstand Storm Doris (winds of 60-80mph) and  took off, ending up on the drive. But the troughs look so much better without their covers.

Flowers are opening on some of the tiny saxifrages in the trough I planted up last year- Saxifraga × boydii ‘Sulphurea’ (yellow),  Saxifraga ‘Coolock Gem’  (white) and Saxifraga ‘Rostyly’ (pink). I hope it is not too wet for them. Should I reinstate the covers?

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ is covered in pink blossom. The sweet scent permeates the gravel area, lingering in the enclosed space of the garage. I prefer the perfume of the daphne to the fragrance of sarcococca (Sweet Box), which I find rather overpowering.

Jewel-like crocuses light up the garden including Crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’ and Crocus chrysanthus ‘Cream Beauty’. I added Crocus sieberi ‘Tricolor’ last autumn. The bands of colour on this crocus-purple, white and yellow-are evident both when the flowers are closed and when they open in the sun. I hope this gem will gradually spread.

 

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