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February already !

hywel

By hywel

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The time is flying but it’s nice to see the days lengthening a bit, even if it’s still cold.
Late winter is one of my favourite seasons.

I’ve got snowdrops in the garden but they are being eaten up by slugs :(
My Winter Jasmine is still flowering, and the Pyracantha is still full of berries.
Nothing else to report lol !

I haven’t got any photos to show you … haven’t been able to take any recently,
and I’ve got lots of blogs to catch up on. I’ll get around to it soon :)

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Yes, we seemed to have turned the corner Hywel, as you say it is still cold and very cold here this afternoon, but bright and the sun is slowly moving higher in the sky, it is stretching lower now on my old south facing brick wall catching the tips of the crocus leaves and warming their pots a little. Next month we jump another hour and the cherry blossoms will be sparkling in the gardens along with early daffodils and tulip noses..
Lots to look forward to..:))

4 Feb, 2018

 

Cold here for the South, yet some plants are really early, we are expecting some bad weather this week, so I shall be battening down the hatches!

4 Feb, 2018

 

Hi Hywel, nice to see you touching base. I think most of our gardens are in limbo awaiting Spring. :-)

4 Feb, 2018

 

I am always pleased to turn the calendar over to February! It is one step closer to spring with signs of life in the hedgerows and gardens.
Nice to see snowdrops but nicer still to see daffodils and even nicer to see primroses and bluebells and pretty blossom on the trees!!

4 Feb, 2018

 

Someone else today said their snowdrops are being eaten. Strange, I never saw this happening before. Don't slugs hibernate like snails? Beautiful day here today until mid afternoon when it clouded over, but we have a frost forecast for tonight.

4 Feb, 2018

 

Very chilly here in the so-called sunny South. Bulbs are popping though and we have picked some of our camellia bloom for indoor vases.

Birds are arguing over two nest boxes outside and we have two more to put up.

Two robins who have been "friends" have suddenly started fighting ; not sure why.

4 Feb, 2018

 

today has been glorious but the ground is too wet to do anything. but it was beautifully light at 4.30 so yes Feb is a Godsend after the dank January.

4 Feb, 2018

 

Thank you all ... I forgot to mention my lovely little Cyclamen coum. I don't know how they survive in such cold weather.

4 Feb, 2018

 

Hiya Hywel, things beginning to open here also, Snowdrops, crocus and Hellebores, also the Flowering Cherry at the back of our garden has turned pink in the last few days, some of the Primroses have been flowering all the time but like your Snowdrops they are being eaten by something, think its the birds that are doing it though as the ones in pots are being left alone, they are escaping the same plight, not all doom and gloom, lol, I have realised in the last few years that my native ones do not get attacked by birds or slimy critters so perhaps its the colours and slight perfume of the fancy ones that attracts ..
.I don't think I'll ever catch up with the photo's, taking me long enough to work my way backwards on some of the blogs I'd missed last year, just pleased it all seems to be working okay again now, I have even got my PM's working again now, still don't know the why's and wherefores as I'm not a teccie as you know but who cares....

5 Feb, 2018

 

Yes, Hywel, it's nice to see the nights are drawing back, albeit, slowly! The sun is now getting up before we do! Though if I were the sun I'd rather stay in bed a few hours longer & keep nice & warm than come out in the middle of this "coldwave" we're having this week!

On the balcony the Pansies are producing more flowers & I have just the one Crocus - still not seen it open though, probably too cold at the moment!

We had quite a nice day here but with the cold wind you didn't want to linger for long outside! Tonight we expect a couple of degrees below freezing so tomorrow there will be a good frost covering everything! ❄️❄

5 Feb, 2018

 

Is there anything like the smell of jasmine? It's at the top of my shopping list. I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I hate driving in it, or sliding on it. However, it's like a spa treatment for the garden and natural fertilizer. I love snow covered mountain tops.

5 Feb, 2018

 

Thanks for all your comments :)

I'm glad it's working again for you Sue but a nuisance about the PMs.
Strange about the Primroses. I don't get many birds in my garden, especially the front, that's why I think it's slugs eating my snowdrops.

Nice that your Pansies are flowering on your balcony Balcony :) I don't buy the winter ones now, I've never had any success with them.

I hate cold weather Bathgate. It makes me feel ill, and I find snow so depressing.
The Jasmine I have flowering now is the yellow winter one, Jasminium nudiflorum. I haven't noticed any scent with it. I also have Jasminium officinale in a shelter and it has a lovely scent, but it isn't flowering at the moment.

6 Feb, 2018

 

Same here Hywel.......bring on the Spring.

6 Feb, 2018

 

Couldn't agree more Linda. We had snow flurries today - very depressing.

6 Feb, 2018

 

I’m at home with the dreaded lurgy caught no doubt from the pupils I teach! Yuck! ?? I am getting joy from my winterpots and bulbs popping their heads above the soil, a sense of anticipation and hope for longer days and getting back out in the garden. I have missed it tremendously! Hywel-hope you are looking forward to spring and getting out pottering in your garden with Bella.

8 Feb, 2018

 

Stera, I can tell you for certain that slugs don’t hibernate. Somehow or other we get one fairly frequently coming in under (?) the back door in winter. It’s a modern double glazed one - the door that is! - and although we’ve made sure it fits tightly, I still find trails on the doormat but no trace of the culprit so it must go back out again.

Hywel, I also am pleased it’s February. I have primroses which have been in flower for over a month now, also miniature blue iris. The name escapes me but they’re in a tub with an orange Cornus. The Sarcocca by the front door has flowers but the temperatures aren’t warm enough for the scent to permeate.

Still, time passes quickly and soon it will be Spring with all that it offers. Good gardening!

8 Feb, 2018

 

I am so pleased to see all the daffs poking their heads up ! My roses are still flowering and continued through the winter ! We are quite lucky in Lincolnshire as we seem to miss the worst of the weather , although we have had our share of dreary wet days !
Do you think it could be mice eating your snowdops ?
Just a thought !

8 Feb, 2018

 

Thanks for your comments,

Hope you feel better now Amsterdam,

I hope the weather warms up for our Sarcococcas to produce their scent Arbuthnot.

It could be mice Rose, I didn't think of that. Bella catches them in the hedgerows and lets them go in the garden and sometimes in the house.

9 Feb, 2018

 

I'm like you Hywel......not much to photograph, but I am busy cutting back shrubs and tidying. We have had such beautiful weather here but next week looks as if it will be very cold.

25 Feb, 2018

 

Glad you've been able to do a bit in the garden Linda. It's going to be very cold this coming week.

25 Feb, 2018

 

Very cold indeed! We have hardly risen above 0C during the warmest part of the day today! Most of the day we have had negative temps! WE haven't had any snow since yesterday & even that has mostly gone now. However we are forecast up to 10cm of snow tomorrow & more to come during the rest of the week!

East Anglia, where I live, 20 miles from Cambridge, is right in the firing line for this terrible "Beast from the East"! We will have some extremely low temps during the rest of the week!

Keep warm everyone!

27 Feb, 2018

 

I hope you are all right. We haven't had snow but it is very cold. Everything is frozen solid and probably many things dead. I prefer rain.

1 Mar, 2018

 

We all prefer rain to ice & snow & terribly low temps! We've been having temps as low as -6C - that's not during the wee small hours of the morning either but between 8-11pm on the very last day of February 2018!

I've tried to protect some plants on the balcony but after such terrible frosts there is no way they will survive. ?

1 Mar, 2018

 

I think this 'pretty' weather, as some people describe it, will kill off quite a few things off. I took some Fuchsias down to a Perspex shelter last week. They're frozen solid and are probably all dead now.

1 Mar, 2018

 

As mine surely are in the mini-greenhouse on the balcony as I dare not look for a couple of days more, Sunday is forecast to be much less colder than this past week, so I don't really know.

2 Mar, 2018

 

I checked them this afternoon and although the pots were frozen solid the stems were still nice and green. so I am hoping they'll be all right. Maybe you'll find some that have survived too.

2 Mar, 2018

 

I'm glad yours haven't fared too badly, Hywel. ?

I've opened the greenhouse &, for the moment at least, it doesn't look like I've had any casualties! ? Which is quite surprising as we had temps as low as -6C on March 1st!

I also unwrapped the 2 Marguerite standards - I fully expected to find they were dead even though I'd moved them up onto the table on the balcony behind the mini-greenhouse & covered them with fleece & a thick plastic bag - & other than being limp they don't seem to have suffered any ill! Of course I will still have to wait a few more days as any damage may not be apparent just yet.

One of the most incredible things to happen is that a variegated Geranium in a hanging basket with absolutely zero protection in a corner of the balcony has managed to survive apparently with no ill effects! ??

4 Mar, 2018

 

It's surprising how a little shelter can make the difference between a plant surviving or not.

I hope your Marguerites will be all right.

4 Mar, 2018

 

Thanks, Hywel! ? I haven't been out on the balcony today but seeing them through the windows thy do look alive at least!

A week ago, before this "Beast from the East" arrived I took a few cuttings even though it's hardly the right time of the year to do so. I thought they have a slim possibility of surviving indoors & rooting to form new plants but if they die there would be nothing lost as the plants outside on the balcony will probably die anyway in spite of the best I could do for them in the way of protection.

The cuttings are looking alright even after a week indoors & the plants outdoors also seem to be surviving plus the cutting I took in the autumn & which rooted has also survived! Now I will have lots of these lovely plants! ??

5 Mar, 2018

 

Good luck with the cuttings. I hope they are successful.
I had a look at my fuchsias that were in the shelter. It is between the garage and the boundary wall so quite sheltered. Unfortunately some smaller ones have not survived. I've brought a few others into the house. There is not much room for us humans there now lol. I hope with the warmth they will start to grow, and then I'll take them back to the shelter.
I think if I had left them in the shed they would have been all right but I usually take them down to the shelter in late Feb. This was the year to delay it, but I did what I usually do.
Ah well, we have to move on , and I can try to find those varieties again.

6 Mar, 2018

 

Sorry to hear about that Hywel but we can always get new plants - or try new plants!

7 Mar, 2018

 

I see that most have survived. I took the rest of them down to the shelter yesterday. They are sprouting new leaves and need watering now.

8 Mar, 2018

 

I'm glad for you, Hywel! Mine also seemed to escaped the intense frosts we had last week.

8 Mar, 2018

 

Good, I'm pleased to hear that :)

8 Mar, 2018

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