Sunday, February 13, 2011

Just Around the Corner

Yesterday it seemed as though spring really was just around the corner.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing and plants were bursting into life all over the place, there are buds everywhere:


 Clematis Constance



I was really pleased to see that the Japonica is covered in blossom buds as last year I only had one flower!  I did prune it by the book last year - the RHS Pruning and Training book and the difference is amazing!

I also found daffodils and tulips popping their noses up - including some tulips where I don't remember there being any before!  But my favourite plant in the garden at the moment has to be these double snowdrops that had been buried under concrete for years and only emerged last year once I'd reclaimed that part of the garden.

Aren't they just beautiful?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Splash of Colour - February

I was determined to get into the garden over the weekend and I actually managed to find quite a bit of colour there.
Primroses, rhubarb shoots, a cheery pansy, cornus elegantissima, self seeded hellebore, winter flowering honeysuckle (has to smelt to be really appreciated!), self seeded hellebore bud, snowdrop buds (so nearly there) and sedum buds.  

The snowdrops (lovely double ones) appeared last year after I'd removed some paving slabs from that area - goodness knows how long they'd been buried.  The honeysuckle was in flower when I moved in, which is nearly 3 years ago, gosh how time flies!

There are plenty more blogs with splashes of colour, a list can be found on Silverpebble's blog and on the flickr group page.

Soon be spring - so much to look forward to.