We took a trip to Dunham Massey in Cheshire today.
The sky was sunny and blustery...just how you want a spring day to be when it's nearly March and it's about to come in like a lion!
We bought ourselves National Trust membership last year.
The new snowdrop walk at Dunham has quite a reputation already, so we went off to see the results.
They stretch in magical swathes under the trees and the petals shine and almost glimmer in the light.
In clumps as well
and all sorts of shapes and sizes.
I'm no expert on the different types, I just want to see the beauty of them, both singly and in crowds.
This triangle of trees and snowdrops takes your breath away.
Pure white bark of Japanese birch underplanted with hundreds of snowdrops.
The regimentation of the layout of the trees against the scatter of the flowers..just beautiful.
but as we say in Befast.."there's more"!
lawns full of scillas with their ice blue flowers...
early miniature irises of all hues...
all pushing their way through the dead leaves of the old season of autumn.
New life from old.
and even more to delight the eye.
And of course it could only be spring with daffodils.
These early miniatures dancing through it all in the winds.
What else could I do after that......apart from a nice cup of tea....
but buy a couple of pots for the garden.
Three different miniature irises in the bud.
Grow little plants grow!