If “Toto” is small and delicate, even more so is “Hawera”, an exquisite jewel of a flower. Were it to be some exotic orchid, which it is not too fanciful to suggest it resembles. it would cost many times more than it does. Anyway, if “Toto” is beginning to brown up in places, “Hawera” is fresh and unblemished. I have it in pots and in the rockery.
“Segovia” is another peach of a narcissus if I might be allowed to mix my plant epithets. The best scented of those mentioned so far, its fresh yellow eyes beam out from lovely rounded petals. All those varieties featured have flowered with ease.
“Golden Bells” is a fierce, bright yellow, each bulb producing a mass of hoop petticoat flowers. It is absolutely at its height now, beaming back into our dining room from just outside the patio doors. Fantastic and showy for all its diminutive stature
“Tresamble” is just going over as can be seen in the image below, but it is another great bulb with its multi-headed ivory flowers.
Finally let me offer an old favourite, no less than “February Gold”, an odd pot of which I placed in a cooler part of the garden to hold back for now. The “trick” has worked a treat.
There is a “Cherry Blossom Walk” but the snow had done for that, holding back the smaller, younger trees.
We were shown around the garden by Head Gardener, David Logan. He knows his plants!
This gives me a chance to upload a photograph I took at Hodsock in February. The shiny bark shows it is some sort of Prunus. Mind you, what I know about cherry trees can be written in thick crayon.