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Time to make a start in the garden.


After looking through Spritz photo’s of the plants already flowering in her garden I thought it was time, yesterday morning, I got out into mine and made a start on the tidying and planting. The Heucheras I got the other week have been waiting to be planted and the plants I got from Morrison’s last week needed putting in the borders too.
There were leaves by the ton in the hedge bottoms and borders because the snow came early, even before all the leaves had dropped from the trees. Consequently non got picked up and bagged as I usually do before the winter set in.
So wrapped up in my Mums old gardening coat I made a start.
I had decided that I would concentrate on the area of garden we look out on as it was looking very dismal with hardly any colour to see. I had been looking specifically for evergreen plants and winter flowering ones for this area and was pleased with my purchases from Morrison’s and the local GC.
This is what the borders looked like before I made a start on them.

First I cleared the bed near the side of the pond so I could plant the Laurel, Stachys, Azalea, Illex and Hellebore.
I was pleased to see the Tulips pushing up…

and the Alliums…

I think this border looks a bit more interesting now…

I just tidied this little bed and was delighted to see that the snowdrops I transplanted from the lawn last year are flowering OK.

Onto the top of the left side slope and make a start. This is what it looked like before…

I was pleased to find a root of Rudbeckia and it still felt and looked OK. I will be pleased if it survives. I filled the green bin and 3 sacks with all the leaves from this area. If you could sell them, I would be a millionaire by I wanted winter interest in here too and plumped for the lovely Heucheras from the GC.

They will add all year round interest I hope. This side only gets sun for a few hours in the late afternoon so I am hoping it will be enough for them. I could do with a winter flowering clematis to grow on the trellis.The Snowdrops that the birds scratched up in the lawn I planted in the edge of this border and they are growing nicely.

These Heucheras look nice here I think…

Time for a cuppa and a chocky bicky and then onto the right hand side of the pond. Not much to do here really, just dead head and pick a few leaves up. The sweetly scented Box is flowering well and the cyclamen have plenty of leaves but no flowers yet…

The hardy Gardenia look a bit rough but new growth is appearing…

The Centaurea Montana are looking quite healthy…

Then I moved onto the middle border which we laughingly call the red border as most of the flowers turned out to be pink and orange, lol. The Viburnum tinus ‘French White’ is flowering nicely…

…and I planted this lovely dark leaved Heuchera called Midnight Rose…

It looked a bit bare still but there are lots of summer bulbs and a gorgeous Paeony in there for later on.

The wind got up as I was tidying the top left hand side border and the gusts became so strong I had difficulty standing still so I had to give it up for the day and take refuge in the house. I did feel so much happier, healthier and positive for spending this much time out in the garden.

Today I had a saunter round the other parts of the garden and was pleasantly surprised to find new growth on the Hemerocallis…


…and the Dicentra…

When I have done in the garden I like to go up to our bedroom and look through the window to assess any changes and I am quite pleased with the results so far. It’s onto the flat lawn borders next but the forcast isn’t too good for tomorow but I will get it whipped into shape eventually.

I hope you have all managed to get into your gardens to ‘do a bit’, edging us nearer to a lovely springtime and glorious summer..

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Love this blog, and especially the Heuchera bed. I have been out in my garden today tidying up a little and pruning. I have some plants to plant but can't do it yet as have to wait for some fencing to be done first.
You have certainly had a lovely time out there.

8 Feb, 2011


Thank you for sharing this with us, Homebird. I like the way your garden slopes gently up and away from the house and how you have used curves, it must be lovely to look out on all year through. I love the heucheras you have introduced too, such a range of colours.

8 Feb, 2011


That must be frustrating Cinders, I hope the fencing is finished soon. I have enjoyed getting my hands dirty again. :o)

8 Feb, 2011


Nice work Homebird.....Doesnt it feel good to be back out in the garden again.....

8 Feb, 2011


doing a grand job - love the grass shapes

8 Feb, 2011


You have been busy..... must get out to do some in mine...its so nice to see everything coming up again.....

8 Feb, 2011


Homebird you have been a busybee, its great to actually get outside and even more so to see things coming up and in some cases even rewarding us with a show of flowers........ That Heuchera bed is looking a treat......

8 Feb, 2011


Thank You Zela, Milky, Paul,Holly and Lincslass, it does feel good to get into the garden again. I wouldn't have seen the emerging plants if I hadn't set to and collected all the leaves. It was a nice surprise. I'm glad you all approve of the shapes we made to the borders last year, much nicer to the eye than the 'sort of' rectangles we had for years. I was very lucky with the Heucheras as they were all half price the week I called at the GC , so got twice as many as I would have been able to get at full price. I went again last Friday and the price is back up again after they closed for 4 days stock taking. Needless to say I didnt get any more. I'm so glad you like them.

8 Feb, 2011


You have done well, i went out for all of 15-20mins this afternoon, but came in as it was lovely and sunny but still quite chilly up here.

8 Feb, 2011


At least it blew the cobwebs off Clarice.

8 Feb, 2011


Thats true :o))

8 Feb, 2011


Your Heuchera's look lovely there,Homebird,and it was lovely to be outside in the sun today.Nice to see everything starting to grow.My crocus's appeared as if by magic and snowdrops,so very pleased.It makes us feel so much better,once we make a start...

8 Feb, 2011


Really like the steps and rocks in your garden, Homebird. Well done on getting those Heucheras at half-price, they're looking good. : o ))

8 Feb, 2011


Thank you Bloomer and Shirley. It's nice to hear everyone is out in the gardens a bit now. The winter makes us so lethargic.
It was a lovely day today Bloomer and your crocus are ahead of mine, they are only just peeping through the soil.
Shirley, I wish I could have got the others they had at the same Never mind shouldn't be greedy. thankyou for noticing the steps, T put them in so I could reach the pond side and pump without falling in. ( which I have done in the past) lol

8 Feb, 2011


Oh no ... hope it wasn't too deep! Congratulate T on the steps. : o )

8 Feb, 2011


that all looking gud now .............. like you have bin doing a bit each day , but its like 4 4 ward and 3 back at the mo lol ....................... happy gardening

8 Feb, 2011


T says thanks Shirley. :o)
Thanks Cristina, I bet you have a load of leaves to clear too, you have a lot of trees.

9 Feb, 2011


lol homebird , have bin doing a bit each day ........... i fill the barrow up and then leave it 4 oh to emty, carnt beleave wots poping up now !!! amazeing..................

9 Feb, 2011


Your garden looks lovely and so tidy. I would have loved to have had yesterday off and got outside. The weekend weathers not been very kind to me yet.

9 Feb, 2011


Annella I can't immagine your garden with even a blade of grass out of place. I have a long way to go to even come close to how lovely your garden is.

9 Feb, 2011


Lovely selection of heucheras :o)

6 Mar, 2011


I was so lucky the day I called into the local GC Tt. They were all half price so got twice as many as I had intended to get...:o) Then they closed for a week stock taking and the price went up again... :o(

7 Mar, 2011


Lovely heucheras :) You were in the right place at the right time. I've looked at our local GC at them and they all looked half dead....that was about a month ago. Must look again and see if they are looking healthier now with the warmer weather.

I have been gifted today with a Gardenia jasminoides ‘Kleim’s Hardy’ and I notice that you have the same plant in your garden. It looks like it will be a lovely addition to
our garden...likely in a pot for this year at least.

The plant came annonymously and I'm exhausting all avenues to uncover the wouldn't figure in this gifting would you, Homebird? lol

Happy Gardening....spring is here to help us along with glorious sunshine :)

24 Mar, 2011


What a lovely surprise gift Wlass. The Kleim’s Hardy is supposed to be frost resistant to -8c but this winters temps down to -15c have really stressed it. If mine perk up a bit I will probably pot it up next autumn and keep it in the greenhouse just in case we have another bad winter. I hope you manage to get your Heucheras at a reasonable price like I did, there are so many lovely colours to choose from. I didn't realise there were so many until I saw mine in the GC. I have been in in the garden pottering the last 2 days and it's been gloriously warm hasn't it.

25 Mar, 2011


Yes,'s been nice and warm with tons of sunshine the last few days....a very welcome patch of good days :) Good to hear that you've been out in the garden...and I do hope your Kleim's Hardy revives and survives. I bought a pot today so I can replant it and I thought I'd put some kind of bedding plant around it to brighten up the pot.

I sent you a PM today Homebird....I'm still trying to track down my benefactor and wondered if it might be yourself?
Still puzzled about it....looks as if I may never find out.

Looking forward to the plant fair on Sunday and a meet up with Sanbaz and her hubby...and hopefully some purchases as well :)

Have a good weekend.

25 Mar, 2011


I hope you had a really good time at the plant fair today Wlass with Sanbaz. Hope you found lots of plants you wanted and not too pricey. It's cold and grey again today here. Such a shame for the weekend after a lovely warm week. Still it is quite early yet in the year I suppose.

27 Mar, 2011


Yes, Homebird...we did enjoy meeting up today and we both managed to buy some nice plants...and the prices were fair too. The sun came out as we were on our way home but it was clear and not too cold at the plant fair. We were able to sit outside at tables and have a bit of lunch and a nice chinwag :)

A good day out, I am pleased to say :) Sanbaz has sent me a message that she's written a blog about it all so I'll have to go and have a look.

27 Mar, 2011


That's great. I will go and have a look at Sans blog now.

28 Mar, 2011


Late to your blog Homebird because of computor bugs but so glad I got to it in my catching up.
The overall lay-out is so interesting and I love your use of stones and paths. The heucheras are such lovely foliage colour even without the flowers and I find they don`t need an awful lot of maintenance. I love that midnight rose (now on my wish list) and it should look great when the peony is up and flowering.

18 Apr, 2011


Thank you Stroller, I am glad you eventually got your computer sorted. Thankfully the garden is looking a lot fuller now. It's such a pleasure seeing all the plants waking up. Not such a pleasure to find the ones that have succumbed to the bad winter we have had. Still, it's nice to be able to replace those with new plants. The heucheras have really surprised me by flowering all ready. They must like their new

18 Apr, 2011

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