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Less of an atrocity now.


When we moved in here over 20 yrs ago there was a corner of the front garden that was horrendously weedy. Dandelions, lesser celandine, couch grass, brambles, hedge woundwort, hairy bittercress, ivy to name a few all battled for space amongst 3 mature silver birch trees.

It was the last part of the garden to be tackled and was just known as atrocity corner and the name has stuck. {The family home where I grew up also had an atrocity corner, cold dark wet and clay soil meant very little grew in it and it was where we made clay/mud bricks as kids. I think that’s why I named this bit in my garden the same}

Over the years the trees have died of old age and most years I tackle it to get some nice plants in it. There is still mature ivy and holly as they are excellent food sources for wildlife.

2018 didn’t give it much attention but I noticed several of the ‘old friends’ were back, namely hedge woundwort, hairy bittercress and nipplewort. Lots of moss too.

This is what it looked like at the beginning of February

Half way down and it is looking a bit better.

Completed and now it joins up with the sid ebed where the old apple collapsed last summer. But there is still some good apple growth left so I will see how that does. Bamboo canes for the sweet peas leaning against it.

I added some crocus and other bulbs from pots mainly daffs and tulips.

Whilst I was working I could smell this lovely Daphne, ‘Hearld Spring’ and I was kept company by one of 2 robins.

Today it has been cold and damp so I have been indoors planning my next quilt. However I did take more photos on Tuesday when it was lovely and sunny.
Tulip ‘Early Harvest’ is always a good doer and early as it’s name suggests.

This un-named Berginia hugs the edge of the drive and does really well here.

These Anenome Blanda are a favourite but they don’t seem to be increasing as well as they used too.

Well that’s all from me for the moment. Its time to make tea.
Tomorrow is another month and due to be chillier. What is the phrase ‘In like a lion out like a lamb’? Hopefully not to leonine.

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Very pretty flowers in the sunshine. I need to find those tulips if they bloom this early! We have two robins singing their hearts out at the minute too - the most beautiful sound.

I stayed indoors too today - beginning to 'decoupage' a chair - I call it 'sticking bits of paper on'.......

It was lovely to have that 'little weekend away' in the garden these last few days, so we won't complain - March may not be too bad hopefully.

28 Feb, 2019


Goodness, is it the 1st of March tomorrow? Glad you got your weeding done and some new plants in.

28 Feb, 2019


You've certainly made a good job of "Atrocity Corner"! 😀 Don't the Crocuses look fine at this time of year? They are also one of the few blues to be found around in February as well.

The Tulips have flowered earlier this year than other years it seems. I have some flowering in the troughs on the balcony floor. Though I planted them in October or November. I have a tub full of them from last year but no sign of flower buds in them at present. But there are a few mini-Daffs amongst them & they have been flowering for a week or 10 days.

That Anemone 'Blanda" is lovely! 😀

28 Feb, 2019


Imagine that! A tulip in February! And your Bergenia in flower already. I like what you've done in Atrocity Corner and look forward to seeing that develop. :)

28 Feb, 2019


Your Atrocity corner is no more ,Eileen..and already showing promise of things to come..Love the Tulip,and Anemone Blanda,and lovely to hear the Robins singing as you work..I just adore these little birds,and love watching them hanging on to our fat ball feeder:o)

1 Mar, 2019


My atrocity bed with its backdrop of hawthorn and ivy is the raised one at the bottom of our garden, I cannot even reach the top of the hedge now, only trim the lower parts, I refuse to have it lopped as its home to so many birds , it took me donkeys years to get that looking reasonably good Seaburn but I got there in the end, its a good feeling isn't it.....

5 Mar, 2019


Unless I keep at it the 'natives' soon take over again. This area gets lots of moss too as it is damp and shady.

6 Mar, 2019

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