Although its been very cold it has been exceptionally dry so I have managed to get out into the garden for tidying and cutting back while Mr FF has taken down a few trees to let more light in and provide fuel for the stove. We still have snow on the ground and the wind continues to be icy which means this year everything is delayed.
My hellebores have done their best but took quite a battering, freezing under the snow and only now recovering. They are so gorgeous and exotic, some of my favourite flowers.
Lots of plants standing by for action, plenty of buds and I imagine that when the flowers do appear so will the warmer weather and they won't last long. And of course we are off to Italy in a few days, I'm going to miss everything, including the daffodils
and the erythronium, pink yellow and blue
primula denticulata, the drumstick primrose, I love those too
In the conservatory my orchids are set to flower, one stem open and half a dozen more to come on this plant
But the forecast in our part of Lazio by next Saturday is for temperatures of 20 degrees. Now that's a tough choice, spring bulbs or sunshine, maybe I'll just shut up and go paint my toe nails for the first time this year.