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A beautiful sunny February day in the garden.

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The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the garden was calling to me. Vest, jumper, jacket on and out I went for a couple of hours. I seem to have mislaid my Liberty bodice with the rubber buttons. By gum it was fresh but I soon forgot the cold as I cut down or pulled out loads of old leaves and flower stems. Oh! and by the way I did have my trousers and thick socks on too…lol I’m not into extreme gardening…
I was pleased to see a lot of the Helebores were flowering really well. There was even a white one I didn’t have last year!


The Helebore Niger I moved last year to a sunnier spot, rewarded me with flowers for the first time too. They have gone over now but they were lovely for a few weeks.
I love to see these narcissi, I think they are so pretty. It’s only their second year. I had to cut quite a few in last week because the strong winds bent them over but at least they bent over low down the stem so I could put them into a vase indoors. It was the same with the large yellow daffs, and the scent from them was really lovely and quite strong. T didn’t realise that they had a scent…


Sorry about the washing hanging out behind them!!! It’s been a great drying day today..lol.

The Cyclamen have been wonderful this winter and are spreading really well. It would suit me for them to cover this bed. One plant has decided to give me some purple and some white flowers this year.


The yellow crocus are shooting out of the ground now and one determined clump is pushing up through a dianthus plant..

The day that I look out and don’t see any flowers on this bush, I will be shocked. It’s had at least a couple flowers on it all through the past year.


The snowdrops by the pond are opening now and the ones in the garden further up are almost out along with the ones in the lawn.


The double ones I bought a couple of weeks ago are opening to.

The pots on the pond steps are a pleasure to see now that the Tete a Tete are opening up and I love the new primula I bought a few weeks ago, especially the little striped ones.


I even found a solitary flower on the Vinca

…and a solitary flower on the Batchelors buttons. I can’t think for the minute what it’s proper name is…

The Apponogeton in the pond is still flowering but it’s a bit too cold to detect any scent just now. As the air warms up it will carry around the pond and in through the conservatory windows, it’s a lovely scent.


I noticed the blossom opening on the Greengage plum. It’s always early. I wonder every year how it manages to fruit after the blossom has been subjected to frosts, winds, sleet and snow some years. I notice the one in next doors wilderness is flowering it’s socks off too..lol.


I haven’t seen any polinating insects about either.
The Tete a Tete in the top garden look lovely and every year I mean to put some in the lower borders but when it’s bulb splitting time it’s gone from my mind until they are flowering again…perhaps I should just buy some more next September. I’d like to get some more Jonquil too. Mine are no where to be seen yet.


I thought I’d better come in when I had checked out the cuttings I have growing in the greenhouse. It had turned really chilly to the fingers and face but it had been lovely to potter without the incessant rain and winds of late. I couldn’t have taken any photos before, with the wind gusting. Today it’s been a steady breeze. I can cope with that….😉
I hope you’ve all had chance to enjoy some time in your garden today and the weather has been kind to you too. It really does you the world of good.

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It all looks lovely! Absolutely love your water hawthorn I'm so so jealous mine had a load of leaves but they've all but two died back :)

10 Feb, 2016

 

Lovely Sheila thanks for the tour .

10 Feb, 2016

 

Dan they do that sometimes, I expect it depends on the water temperature. They are lovely but need to be kept in check, which is so easy to do. I just net out the seedlings as I see them before they drop to the bottom and root.
Thankyou Scotkat for taking a look around.

10 Feb, 2016

 

Enjoyed looking round your garden, thank you. I remember being buttoned into a fleecy lined Liberty bodice with rubber buttons when ?I was a child. What a fiddle for Mums they were!

10 Feb, 2016

 

My water hawthorn has gone dormant too, except, I think some seedlings in my Pygmy water lily pot. And yours has flowers too! Batchelor's buttons = Kerria japonica.

10 Feb, 2016

 

Thankyou Ff. As I get older I'm beginning to feel the cold more....lol, or is it that the winters are getting colder! I bet you couldn't buy a Liberty bodice nowadays, not that I'd want to be fiddling with all those tiny buttons....
Siris Thankyou, I couldn't think of their proper name. I think my water Hawthorne does well because the pond is next to the conservatory wall.

10 Feb, 2016

 

It looks lovely out there in your garden under a sunny sky at last. There are so many pretty flowers and I love all your cyclamen and snowdrops. Here in the south west we STILL had showers tout up with! Oh for a dry day!

10 Feb, 2016

 

loved the blog, spring is such a cheerful time isn't it?

and yes you can by an 'all in one' with long/sort sleeves. Topshop sell them and they have press studs instead of rubber buttons. they tend to be just cotton and sometimes with a bit of Lycra in them. daughter loves them as they give a sleek line under her trousers. much prefer the name libetry bodice though. why liberty when they fastened you in?

11 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks Wildrose, it's been a strange winter with so many plants waking up early, not even going into dormancy for long. The cyclamen have multiplied like mad and flowered for ages. I can't remember a winter before this with as much colour in the gardens.
Thanks Sbg lol. Those you mention sound like the bodies we used to wear years ago. Nice and sleek and pretty but with thin shoulder straps. I'd forgotten about them. I didn't know you could still get them. The presstuds were a bit of a faff though. :o))

11 Feb, 2016

 

It was worth braving the cold to be out in your lovely garden and so many snowdrops !!

11 Feb, 2016

 

Loved the tour of your garden - what a joy it is to see everything coming to life again -and you even have a little iris - beautiful.
My word how I hated liberty bodices! Its humiliating to be the only one in the class still made to wear one - stupid really because I remember always being cold at school in the winter.
I managed two hours weeding this morning shattered now but it was very rewarding. (except I discovered canker on the damson...)

11 Feb, 2016

 

That is such a lovely blog Homebird.

11 Feb, 2016

 

It's looking so nice,Sheila,and lifts the spirits to see plenty of colour again..I know we have had some bad weather as regards rain and winds,but it still hasn't really felt like winter to me,and here we are,almost spring ..no complaints about that :o) Your blue pots are pretty,and they compliment your plants so well..
As for the Liberty Bodices..(I think we have had this topic before ) Lol I wear old Tee shirts,or strappy summer ones ,under jumpers..same results..a nice warm back,without those horrid rubber buttons ! :o)

11 Feb, 2016

 

Looks great, Hb! Isn't it lovely to see things coming to life - although lots of things have just kept going! We are praying that the weather will be fairly mild at the end of the month. Son no 1 is getting married in Buxton and we want to be able to drive there without too much trauma!

11 Feb, 2016

 

That's lovely to hear Melchi. I do hope it will be a sunny and calm day weather wise for you. A very nice place to be married too. I hope you will share memories of the day with us.

11 Feb, 2016

 

Kids gran it really makes you feel good doesn't it to be out in the sunshine after all the wet grey days we've had for weeks on end. We noticed today how the days are lengthening. It was light until gone 5.30 today. We can shake off the winter blues now...lol
Stera, it's satisfying to see where you've been and how much you've achieved isn't it. Sorry to hear about the canker though. Could it be cut away do you think? It's a shame to lose it. I like to make damson jam from ours. Liberty bodices I can't honestly remember wearing but do remember seeing them hanging on the rack, airing, so we must have worn them. I liked the bodies I had when I was in my twenties though.

11 Feb, 2016

 

Thankyou Linda. Won't be long now before the buds break on the Ribes and the forsythia will it. Then it will truly feel like spring.
Thanks Bloomer. I do that too with the strappy vests. It's been a strange winter, or non-winter....lol. So much rain and winds, I only hope we get a proper summer this year. Yes we exhausted the Liberty bodice subject didn't we ages ago. Gone but never to be forgotten....lol

11 Feb, 2016

 

It's nice to know you've been able to do some gardening, and that you have so many flowers appearing. The spring is a lovely season in spite of the cold weather :)

11 Feb, 2016

 

Isn't it great to be out in the garden again? we had a good sunny day today first one for a long time.... managed to scarify the lawn, after the fencers had finished..
You have so many spring flowers in your garden.....I think most of ours have drowned!!
Thanks for a cheery blog...

11 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks Hywel andDd. There are lots of worm casts in the flat lawn and top lawn this month. It's making them very muddy. Too muddy to walk on and I've never seen them look this bad before. I am going to scarifying them today if the weather holds.

12 Feb, 2016

 

I hope you were able to do it :) It's been a nice day here ...

12 Feb, 2016

 

I enjoyed the tour around your garden H'bird, you have lots more flowers in bloom than I have, mine are appearing in dribs-n-drabs,definitely no rhyme nor reason to them, as you say some have never really gone to sleep though, its going to be an interesting gardening year I think....
I like to dress myself warmly when gardening and then gradually strip things off, trouble is I then forget to put them back on if it cools down so it defeats the object really, lol...

12 Feb, 2016

 

what a difference a bit of sun makes Homebird...your garden looks fab. Nothing like getting back out there on a sunny day. :-)

13 Feb, 2016

 

Shall do, Hb 😉 !

13 Feb, 2016

 

Isn't it lovely to be able to get out there again HB? The horrible wet weather seems to have been with us for so long doesn't it? The amount of flowers blooming in your garden is amazing! I really enjoyed having a good nosy around. Your blue pots look particular nice. Now the days are getting longer I'm sure you'll be making even more use of that vest and jumper!

13 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks everyone, it's amazing how a few sunny days can lighten your moods isn't it. I was beginning to feel really lazy with no incentive to do anything. Now I am raring to go.
I was looking through the window this morning and could see something pink in the hedging. I went out to have a look and it was a quince flowering. The red hue of the Ribes turned out to be the leaf and flower buds opening. SPRING HAS SPRUNG....lol
OMG... can you believe....it's just started snowing!!!!

14 Feb, 2016

 

Never ! :O :( I hope you don't get snowed in ...

14 Feb, 2016

 

Same here HB and hail!

14 Feb, 2016

 

It wasn't enough to settle thankfully. We got a bit of hail too but it didn't last long. 👏

14 Feb, 2016

 

Lovely blog, I enjoyed my tour of your garden. I never seem to have much luck with spring bulbs so there's not much going on in my garden apart from a couple of camellias in bloom.

14 Feb, 2016

 

Thankyou. Camellias are special though aren't they Louisa. Mine are nowhere near flowering yet.

18 Feb, 2016

 

Wow! No sign of the camellias here. I have got bacopa flowering in a basket, though, and the passion flower has never flinched (as my m-in-l would have said) all year - no flowers, though!

19 Feb, 2016

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