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By Janey

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What a windy, blustery day, the 1st of February, but also warm, sunny and bright in the garden. I took these photos this morning, the prunus usually flowering in March is already brightening the bottom of the garden….:o)

I moved this Hellebore a few weeks ago, I’m sure it’ll do well in it’s brighter spot.

Tubs of Acorus fluttering in the wind.

I decided to have a shot at cloud pruning with the Lawson cypress at the back there. I’d been thinking I may take it out, but am looking forward to shaping it through the summer now…:)

So many Blackbirds in the garden, I’m sure this one couldn’t decide if the blossoms were flowers or snowflakes, confused like we have been so far this winter!

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Isn't that Prunus a joy to behold? so much blossom Janey...good luck with your cloud pruning, its great fun....you are lucky to have so many blackbirds in your garden, we are very short on birds lately..

1 Feb, 2016

 

An uplifting spring blog Janey. Your Prunus is beautiful :)
I love to see that church tower :)

1 Feb, 2016

 

My Prunus is coming out as well Janey, I love to see the blossom, it lightens everything up to see it bursting forth whether its in your own garden or spotted on a trip out, another sign of things waking up, although some didn't seem to go to sleep at all this winter. Nice set of photo's Janey......

2 Feb, 2016

amy
Amy
 

A lovely set of photos Janey it looks very spring like with the blue sky and beautiful Prunus blossom , good luck with your cloud tree !
we have so many birds I'm convinced we're treating them to well and making them to lazy to search for their own food ,dozens of blue tits , great tits, the lovely little long tailed tits come in droves ,blackbirds , doves ,Beautiful Bull finches ,Green finches and more plus Charlie the pheasant is back :o))

2 Feb, 2016

 

Hi Janey

loos great its a pity its not warm enough for the bees to get some nectar and pollen from your prunus , or have you seen any out and about.

Fab photo with the church in the background

my blackbirds and now fighting who's garden it belongs too !!! plus i have two song thrushes that sneak along the borders trying to doge the blackbirds.

The pair of resident Ravens in the copse at the back of my house have now decided no wood pigeons allowed in the area and any that venture in are swooped on at speed, but collared doves are allowed ?

its like a soap opera at the moment

Gg

2 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks so much for the lovely comments everyone...:))

Hi Dd...yes I'm looking forward to seeing how the conifer comes on, I know you have tried this in your garden, so going to have a look at your pics later. I reckon the birds can't afford your 5* garden and have to make do with the 2*s round about...ha ha!

Thanks Hywel, the church clock is so handy when I'm busy in the garden too.....:))

Yes things are very early this year Lincs, even my tubs of daffs are ready to flower! Makes a nice change for us though, the winter though short has been very gloomy and wet, just wondering now what next month will bring??

Thanks Amy, so many birds too...I'm sure they are thinking its spring with being so active! I think we're going to have to send some down to Dd for a holiday! Just love the long-tailed tits, with that piping call you always know when they're around. Wow, Bullfinches, how amazing to see them in your garden....you'll have to post some bird pics for us Amy. And Charlie is still around, after all this time...they certainly do know where to come..:)) One little bird that keeps swinging on the feeders is the Coal Tit...haven't seen one for years so that is a real treat😊

2 Feb, 2016

 

Hi Gnarly....no, no bees as yet and that is a pity, missing the pollen.....
The Blackbirds are very bossy aren't they, I like the way they run around, even up to my kitchen doors, I've been digging over the garden this afternoon, so hopefully they and my one Robin will be able to peck around for worms.
How wonderful to have the two Ravens visiting.....very aristocratic, .....mmm, the Wood Pigeons probably would be too greedy and coarse for them to tolerate, whereas the Collared Dove, well far more genteel.....:))

2 Feb, 2016

 

Hi Janey

Lucky you are able to dig mine is still too wet ....

mmm problem with plants flowering now and we dont have the temperature for the insects to start flying to take advantage and once they have flowered thats that.

The pair of resident ravens have been here longer than me and I have lived here 11 years.
I do feed them when the weather gets bad, stewing steak lol which they just love, and they enjoyed their turkey over Christmas time as well.
Plus a scattering of peanuts on the lawn twice a week

They had 3 babies last year, year before just the 1.
They built a new nest 30 feet away from the old one last year in a more sheltered spot so they knew in advance it was going to rain more ... well thats what I thought at the time and it was true.

Tride so many times to get a photo but they just scarper must be the lens refection but when I dont have the camera they sit in the tree or on the fence just looking at me , my mum has one in her village meant to be 50 years old if not more and has one white feather in its wing so everyone knows its the same one to judge its age.

Glad the weather ok for you to get out and about

Gg

2 Feb, 2016

 

You photo are so lovely Janey. My garden is so much later to bloom. I only have snowdrops.

2 Feb, 2016

 

Some very pretty features in your garden and it looks so fresh and green. The Acorus look so lovely and the prunus is beautiful.

2 Feb, 2016

 

that prunus looks amazing in the sunshine and how handy to have a clock tower the check the time on.

2 Feb, 2016

 

Great blog Janey and what lovely blossom.

2 Feb, 2016

 

What a lovely Prumus that is.I have just purchased a Prumus shrub.i hope it looks half as nice as that in flower.

3 Feb, 2016

 

Lovely photo's Janey,and so much colour already..The Hellebore is so pretty,and a great pic of the Blackbird..We have a couple who visit .male and female,and different members of the tit family..one lone Robin ,like yours..
I think your cloud pruned tree is a good idea,and I have done the same with an Alder..You were braver than me to be outside yesterday ! :o) x

3 Feb, 2016

 

Your blosson is a real sight for sore eyes, Janey, beautiful. I have attempted a cloud tree with a pittosporum that grew too large - an ongoing project!

4 Feb, 2016

 

Gorgeous to see all that blossom Janey - a real treat. I love the idea of trying 'cloud pruning' and hope it works for you. x

5 Feb, 2016

 

So sorry everyone for being late to reply.....my computer has had problems AGAIN! Back online for now....fingers crossed??

Lovely to hear about the ravens Gnarly..they sound to be real characters. It's amazing how animal instinct can predict the weather conditions, they are so finely tuned to nature and their environment aren't they?

Thank you Linda and Wildrose, I treated myself to 3 pots of Snowdrops Linda, I seemed to have lost mine somehow.
Wildrose, even the later pink blossom Prunus are in flower in the village now, I wonder what we will have to enjoy March to April now?

Yes, it's so handy the clock when your in the garden Sandra... Donging every hour...all night too, took a bit of getting used to I can tell you...:))

Thanks Stera and Paul, this tree did take a few years to get established Paul, I thought it would always be tiny, then after about 5 years, off it went.... I do prune it now to keep it the right size for the garden.

Looking forward to seeing your cloud pruned Alder Sandra, is it deciduous? It does sound unusual...

Now I bet that suits a Pittosporum Gee....

Thanks Sheila...it'll be a challenge to see how it works, I remember pruning a couple of Olive trees this way when we lived in Spain, it really suited them well.

8 Feb, 2016

 

Briliant Photos, Janey :-) X

29 Mar, 2016

 

Thanks Junna....Spring came early to us....lasted maybe a week then back to winter!
Hope alls well with you. X

29 Mar, 2016

 

We are !

Hope goes same with you and your family :-) X

3 Apr, 2016

 

All good here Junna! X

3 Apr, 2016

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