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A February Catch Up


Just a few pictures and comments – the garden is beginning to grow again with splashes of colour and with the appearance of old friends – the japonica has begun to bloom I love the bright colour

Everyday something different springs into bloom – it is quite mild here today in Shropshire – especially good at the moment are the drifts of snowdrops – the next picture is of the bed under the wall at the end of the driveway – we try to leave this bed undisturbed as much as possible – just weeding and top dressing as need be – the snowdrops and cyclamen do well here under the acer tree

I love the way the garden paints its own picture – the contrasting colours of snowdrops – crocus and daffodils never cease to take my breath away

Tete a Tete daffodils – easy one to remember – I usually label most things – but labels get mislaid I find

These crocus have been well established for a few years now – Thomasina – springs to mind – probably wrong – am I right ? – does anyone know ?

The helleborus are doing well again this year in the front borders

and the rear garden border

and in the greenhouse the white jasmine is in bud – I have had this plant several years now and always look forward to its heady perfume

This winter I have tried my hand at a little DIY – chair covers for the summer house and the conservatory – now these covers are a first attempt so I am quite pleased with them -

The summer house is due a facelift – the wall panels are going to have a pale colour wash this spring

and in the conservatory- small chairs – because I have too many plants for anything larger

At the weekend we visited Attingham Park our local National Trust -

the snowdrops were amazing

But the best surprise of all for February was – I was making a start of the big Spring clear up – sweeping up the last of the autumn leaves and the trail of soil and debris left by the foraging blackbirds all along the paths and I glanced up at the back of the border and seeing this heaped up pile of leaves – I began to clear it and then I realised that there were grey spikes poking out – yes it was a hedgehog – so I carefully piled all the leaves up again – it was quite a big one I think – it appears to still be there today – picture below -

Best wishes Jane

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I have a hedgehog in the log pile and I want to move the logs but will have to wait. That is a lovely find. those snowdrops are delightful.

21 Feb, 2017


What a lovely surprise. I expect he slept through the disturbance. Agree with Sbg, wonderful is the word!
Your chair covers are impressive - must have taken you ages! Is it material you already had or did you buy the patches?

21 Feb, 2017


Thats a lovely find Jane! I admire your chair covers. Very nice. I am going to make new cushion covers this year. I have a pair of nice curtains going spare! :) but I hate sewing, so it will take something to motivate me!

22 Feb, 2017


Lovely colour in your garden Jane.
And what a lovely display of snowdrops at Attringham Park.

22 Feb, 2017

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