In what has become a bit of a tradition, Grayshott Gardeners went out into their gardens at the beginning of January to count as many blooms as they could find.
The very cold spell we had before Christmas (down to -10 in this chilly garden) and the lack of sunshine since then, meant that the pickings this year were slim. None of the summer flowerers had held on to their blooms from last season, as we saw in previous years. And the inclement conditions meant that many of the winter performers had yet to really get into their stride.
But that doesn’t mean that our gardeners came back in with empty lists. They may have been shorter lists than in previous years, but some plants were still braving the elements, and between us we racked up a total of 34 species. And how heart lifting those diminutive flowers were. A tiny reminder that spring is on its way …..