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A quick look round the garden in the sunshine last week...

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Wall to wall sunshine and feeling a great deal milder at the beginning of the week.. Lots of bulbs showing the signs of growth and even two daffs have heads on, much to my surprise..

The Snowdrops are out by the pond. The ones in the lawn are lagging behind. The poor things have been buried under 3 to 6 inches of snow three times since Boxing day for about 2 weeks each time. At least they are up and coming.

I am pleased to see that the few plants I planted in the old strawberry bed are putting their feet down and flowering well…

The Cyclamen are lovely..

Anyone want any Beechnuts. There are thousands under the copper beech. I bet they don’t taste like the Beechnut spearmint I used to like years ago..lol.

Under here, the bulbs are coming through and the snowdrops are coming along..

It’s nice to see the few plants I put into the thin stony soil by the steps are doing Ok. I want to put a few more in there now I know they will come. It will brighten that area up I hope.

I put these few Crocus bulbs in an old pot when I cleared the strawberry patch and forgot to put them back in the ground. They are lovely and cheerful on the patio table. I might get some more for pots on the patio. It’s a nice splash of colour.

I bought this shrub last year and it’s got signs of flower stems.

..and the large ball Hebe in the flat lawn border is slowly recovering from the snow fall which opened up a big hole in the top of it. It’s very old and I know it’s going to give up the ghost one of these days but I will be sad to lose it. I have taken cuttings over the past 3 years but they don’t grow into the ball shape as this one has. I’ve never had to prune it, it’s always been tidy and flowers really well every year.

Further up the garden where it’s much cooler, the signs of spring are obvious too..


As I took these photo’s I heard the sound of these getting closer…


It’s a pity I can’t see much of this down from down here in the house, but it makes me get up off my derriere and get some fresh air regularly..lol
..and finally, the house plants are doing well and giving us a lot of pleasure..


Thanks for looking in, I will have to be quick and finish this blog now as the rugby is about the kick off……

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Isn't it an exciting time of year? You've got lots of things poking through and showing signs of spring. Your Snowdrops looks great and the Helleborus, especially the one you took a close up of look so beautiful and delicate. You're also doing well in doors, the Orchids look particulary healthy :)

14 Feb, 2015

 

Thankyou Waddy. It's half time so I've had a quick look at the photos I put on and noticed that the 3rd and 4th from the last are the same plant but came out diferent colours. It's actually a mixture of the two colours. The camera is pleasing itself, obviously...lol. This month seems to be in a great hurry to get to the end, (well it feels like time is rushing by for me this month)

14 Feb, 2015

 

I'm afraid I am guilty of wishing Gebruary away. I always find it a tough month. Having said that, I have some seeds germinating in my Propagator and the snowdrops are coming to their best. I am chuffed to see the new growth on your sorbifolia. Hey are one of the first shrubs to break bud and such beautiful new foliage. I miss mine! I love all your pretty cyclamen too. Thanks for putting these cheerful photos on!

14 Feb, 2015

 

Boy, does that look good! Tomorrow we are going down to 0 Fahrenheit with winds 50mph and gusts to 70 mph. All the hatches are battened down with the exception of the one that I have to go through to take the pups out to do their business.....quickly, I hope.

14 Feb, 2015

 

It is lovely to see many signs of spring in your garden Homebird. Your orchids are fantastic and the cactus in the glass is doing well too.

14 Feb, 2015

 

Its such an exciting time of year, something new apearing almost every day. I was thrilled to find four iris reticulatas when I emerged from a week in bed with flu - they come out so suddenly! Your garden's looking great and how nice to have a Garrya.

14 Feb, 2015

 

Goodness, there is so much in your garden to give you and us pleasure! The snowdrops by the steps look so pretty and the pale purple hellebore is beautiful. Each day, you will spot something new in your lovely spring garden.

14 Feb, 2015

 

Its all looking fab Homebird. Love the snowdrops but the stone steps. I think the shrub starting to flower is a grevillea it has a fantastic flower.

14 Feb, 2015

 

Oh! Thanks Sandra, I just couldn't think of its name and I hadn't put it in my plant list.
Wildrose, Thankyou. I'm going to fill the gap at the side of the steps with some more bulbs and plants this year. It should make it look a heck of a lot better.
Stera, Thankyou. I hope you are feeling a lot stronger now. It really knocks the stuffing out of you doesn't it? I'm going to move the Garrya soon to the trellis so I can train it upward, then I hope we will be able to see the catkins better. A lot of my Iris retics seem to have disappeared. I don't know what's happened to them.
Thankyou Klahanie.
Loosestrife that sounds awful. I don't think I could cope with temperatures so low.
Thanks Karen. You are cracking on with the seed germinating aren't you. I haven't started yet. The cyclamen are from seeds that Brian sent to me a few years ago. They took so long to germinate I thought they were never going to. Lol.

14 Feb, 2015

 

Nice to see spring arriving in your garden :o) I'm glad the snow has disappeared now, and that the sun shone for you today ...

14 Feb, 2015

 

Let's hope we've seen the last of the snow Hywel. Don't you feel better when you get a good day full of strong sunlight.

14 Feb, 2015

 

Spring is certainly springing in your garden Homebird, further ahead than mine. Looks great.

14 Feb, 2015

 

Yes Sheila, and we've had lots of sun here lately too :)

14 Feb, 2015

 

Your garden looks very neat and tidy...and lots of colour and promise too!!
I remember Beech Nut chewing gum...now you mention it!!

14 Feb, 2015

 

It is very exciting to see so much happening in your garden HB, and so much more to look forward to....

14 Feb, 2015

 

It feels like it's creeping faster towards us now. Thanks Dawn,Paul and Dd. I wish it was a bit warmer in the greenhouse though, I'd like to start my seed sowing. I will have to brave the garden shed and haul the mini greenhouse out to put into the concervatory.

15 Feb, 2015

 

It all looks wonderful - I'm envious!

16 Feb, 2015

 

Homebird, if you have the option with your garrya they look wonderful at night if the light from a window shines on them.
Retics don't survive the summer here as the ground is too wet for them so I dig them up after flowering and dry them off.

16 Feb, 2015

 

Thanks Lauram.
Thanks for the tips Stera. We are thinking of visiting a nice nursery nearby this week so I'm going to look for some iris there.
I could put the garden lights to light up the Garrya when I move it to the trellis. Trouble is T has to rewire the light as I chopped it with the loppers last autumn while I was cutting back the hedge.!! Never mind nearly electrocuting myself, the bang and flash nearly frightened me to death. I'd cut into the shielded wire. Damn good loppers I must say.

16 Feb, 2015

 

Gosh, cutting cables seems to be the fashion on her just now! I think you would be pleased with the effect if you do set lighting up there.

16 Feb, 2015

 

Your garden is looking so good, Homebird, with so much happening. I like your selection of hellebores, very pretty. I've just caught up with another blog re: electrics being chopped in the garden - another lesson for me to be more careful!

17 Feb, 2015

 

I just read Lincs blog Gee. So easy done when you are busy chopping away. It's the first time for both of us and determined it will be the last...lol Thankyou for taking a look. It feels like the end of winter now doesn't it.

17 Feb, 2015

 

It looks lovely in your garden, Hb. I need to do a good clearout of old leaves and seedheads. There are loads of crocuses out, and I have some daffodil buds as well. I don't like February much, but there's no doubt that the day extends dramatically this month. Lent begins tomorrow - I can hardly believe it.

17 Feb, 2015

 

I didn't realise it was the begining of Lent until I mentioned to my Mother that we had pancakes on Monday because we had loads of eggs and she said tomorrow is pancake day.lol. I shall give up tripe again. I'm quite successful at giving that up!!
It's a treat to see the garden really waking up now isn't it although as you have said before, something's haven't really died down as we would expect.

17 Feb, 2015

 

Yes, I think I could manage to give up tripe quite successfully as well, lol!

Our green bin collections don't start until March this year - it's always been February in past years. And they've been cut to only one every three weeks. That's going to be a real nuisance.

18 Feb, 2015

 

I hope they don't do that here Mel. They told us we could start adding cooked food to our bins....the week before they stopped collecting them. Silly people. I've a load of shrub cuttings piled up ready to refil the bin as soon as they start collecting again. Next month here.

18 Feb, 2015

 

Still chuckling about giving up tripe. I gave it up the first time I ever saw any and have stuck to it ever since...

18 Feb, 2015

 

Ha! Ha! Stera. T said he was giving up garlic until I told him I wouldn't bother making stifado ( Greek stew) then. He changed his mind very quickly because he loves it. He's given up chocolate biscuits instead. That'll be easy 'cos I rarely buy them. Lol

20 Feb, 2015

 

Looks like a lots happening in the gardens and thanks for sharing your photos HB. Solar lights for the hedge maybe a safer bet.

20 Feb, 2015

 

I'm trying to give up sounding critical for Lent.And afterwards. Apparently it comes of being a Virgo, if you believe such things which i don't! It doesn't raise any money for charity though...

20 Feb, 2015

 

I am going to investigate applying for a second green bin. I don't hold out much hope, though... We do have a separate weekly food bin collection, which is a boon, because no scraps have to be put into the ordinary bin, which is only emptied fortnightly. I don't throw out much food, but bones and fat have to go somewhere.

23 Feb, 2015

 

Linda, it's lovely to see so much shooting up in our gardens isn't it, although it's been bitterly cold here since the end of last week. I have tried solar lights but they don't seem bright enough. T will just have to get out there and renew the wiring I'm afraid.... I need the electricity in the greenhouse too and of cause the most important place...the summer house for the kettle...lol
Good luck Sterra. I am trying to be calmer.
MelchiI resorted to flushing soft food. Rice Crispies float for days...But as you say, bones and fat do have to go into the bin. I wish they had a weekly collection here. My daughters council supply a small kitchen bin and special plastic bags to line it with then they put it into their brown garden bin. There's nothing like that from our council. Good luck in getting a second green bin.

23 Feb, 2015

 

I have just arranged to have a second green bin delivered next month. I am really pleased, despite the £35 delivery charge (wherever do they come from?!) I suspect it's actually a general charge for collecting an extra bin. Never mind, it'll make life a lot easier than it would have been.😊

We have the small kitchen bin for food, but it is transferred into another slightly larger food bin. We have to buy the liners. Not cheap, either, but I have found them worth it. Without them, food sticks, even with the permitted single sheet of newspaper on the bottom. Then, of course, they don't get emptied completely. Oh, the joys of modern living!

24 Feb, 2015

 

Oh! For the days when we just needed the one round metal bin. Hidden round the back of the house where the dustbin men used to collect it ....and put it back!! Now the front of a lot of houses looks awful with 3 or 4 different coloured bins lined up beside the front door. There was something to be said for the open fires in homes on which to burn some rubbish. Lots more packaging nowadays though taking up most of the space. You take your life in your hand nowadays when you buy a new toothbrush. It's like trying to get into Fort Knox. Knives, scissors, anything you can find that is sharp enough to penetrate the plastic wrap......

26 Feb, 2015

 

I meant to say, I'm glad to hear you got the extra bin for garden waste. Where do they get the dilivery costs from? It's probably only coming from the depo. Mind you, I wouldn't fancy trying to get one into the boot of the car...

26 Feb, 2015

 

No - and they have the monopoly on acceptable bins! They are delivering when they make the first collection this year of the garden waste so it's not even an additional journey. It's just another tax.

Fortunately, we have a passage to the side gate at one side of the house, and it's just wide enough to take our collection of 4 bins. I feel sorry for the people who have to leave them in their front gardens all the time.

The bin men are on a tight schedule to meet their targets. No time to collect and return the bin properly. I just wish they wouldn't leave the bins in front of the gate. The recycling collectors are the worst for that, and if they drop anything, they just leave it on the pavement.

27 Feb, 2015

 

Our council insists we leave out general waste in black bags - they had new collection lorries and discovered the lifting mechanism didn't fit anybody's bin....
We compromise by putting the back bag inside the bin, otherwise foxes enjoy ripping the bag and acatteirng the rubbish... My gripe is I wish they would close the lid, especially on a wet day.

27 Feb, 2015

 

Oh, Stera, what a costly cock up that was. Melchi, I too wish they would put the bins back where you left them. Or at least to the side of the main path. It's like trying to get through a maze on our street after they've been and left the bins higledy pigledy along the pavement. Any poor person with a mobility scooter or pushchair has to move the bins to get past or walk in the road.

28 Feb, 2015

 

Interestingly, Alan Bennett writes about problems with rubbish collectors. He admits to having expected the recycling personnel to be more affable than the refuse men, but found the opposite to be true. I know exactly what he means - somehow one expects them to be gratified by the amount of stuff recycled, but why on earth should they be? Our council forced a long Christmas break on them without pay - no wonder they might feel a bit disgruntled. They had to put up and shut up - there are plenty of people queuing up for their jobs...

The bin lorry story reminds me of Birmingham City Council who spent a great deal of money installing voice-recognition technology on all its public phone services, only to discover that it didn't recognise a Birmingham accent...

28 Feb, 2015

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