The slightly fragrant, pale blue flowers of this hybrid variety of the hardy Polemonium, or Jacob’s Ladder, make their first appearance in the garden in Spring, but manage to keep on flowering into Summer too.
I love woodland and the way the trees mark the seasons. It’s Spring, the beech trees have bright, lime-green. soft-to-the-touch leaves that gently filter the light rather than blocking it out. And the woodland flowers make their one-time bid to bloom and set seed before the canopy thickens up for the summer.
Yes, there is more than one crocus here, so strictly speaking it is a photo of crocuses, but that is such an awkward word. And I know they aren’t pure white, they have a rich yellow centre, but that just seems to make them look happy – insofar as a flower can appear happy!
The vivid orange flowers of the large shrub, Berberis darwinii, make a brilliant Spring focal point. This plant was given to me by someone many years ago when it was only a tiny twig, and whenever it is in flower it reminds me of her.