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Hubby and I could hear tapping this lunchtime. On looking, one of the female blackbirds was hinting at another dish of mealworms by pecking on the glass where she could see the jar of them.

We filled the dish and waited. There are at least 6 birds that allow us to get within 2ft of them, this is one of them.

Several males were waiting for their turn in ‘the bath’, he was first in the queue.

I had a quick walk around the garden and was delighted to see winter aconites poking through.

There are several clumps of hellebore hybrids in bud at various stages of development too.

The Cylcamen coum are coming into their own. I love the white/silvery leaf of this pretty magenta pink one.

Other plants strutting their stuff in my garden today are:
Hesperanthus ‘Jennifer’

Clematis cirrhosa ’balearic


winter flowering jasmine

2 roses, Zephrine Drohuin and Ghislaine de Foligond are still putting on a show visible from the house. Zephrine’s scent is still good despite it only being about 8 degrees today.

Skimmia in full bud offering joys still to come.

I have noticed Iris reticulate, crocus, as well as the daffs and tulips are poking their noses up through the soil.
Lady Beatrix Stanley is shyly having a peep over the pot rim into the pond.

Well that’s enough for now. I am hoping to show the work that needs doing in the borders over the coming months.

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Lovely Blg SBG

7 Jan, 2019

 

Great stuff!

7 Jan, 2019

 

Lovely to see the birds! Your flowers are looking great, too!

7 Jan, 2019

 

Very nice plants in your garden. Your winters seem to be very mild. Do you get much snow?

7 Jan, 2019

 

Thanks,
some years we get lots of snow other years nothing Bathgate. Temperatures fluctuate a lot too, but that is the joy of Britain being where it is on the planet.

8 Jan, 2019

 

Oh wow, US has an interesting spot on the planet too. Seems like one storm is pulling out as another is moving in. Sometimes an Alberta Clipper from up North or a Nor'easter from the South or a gotcha blizzard from out West. oh yea, good times!

8 Jan, 2019

 

A lovely blog Sbg. We haven't seen many blackbirds lately, not even the 'regulars'. There are dozens of sea gulls though. It must be quite cold and stormy on the coast. Great gready, noisy so and so's. You have some lovely plants flowering well. I especially like your roses, the snowdrop and the cyclamen. I hope this milder weather continues for a good many weeks.

8 Jan, 2019

 

Nice to see so many flowers this early :)

8 Jan, 2019

 

Forgot to say thank you for the bit about the blackbirds!

8 Jan, 2019

 

Excellent. 'Our' blackbirds are so forward and a bit aggresive to the other birds.

9 Jan, 2019

 

Well, I had to brave the freezing cold and go outside to see if my Hellebores had flower heads. They do. Not as far on as yours, SBG but it is a start.
I feel I haven't finished tidying up from last year yet.
Better get a move on.

9 Jan, 2019

 

Lovely blog, Sbg, tanks for sharing your lovely photos.

10 Jan, 2019

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