Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February …I have blooms

It look a bit of scratching around , but I have  found blooms.
The first Cyclamen coum bloom.

Helleborus foetidus 

I think , Crocus tommasiniana  , just one so far .
Crocus chrysanthus 'cream beauty' , only one at the moment . 

Hamamelis mollas 'primavera'  , weirdly only blooms on the lower branches. 

Hamamelis 'Diana' just now starting to bloom. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

My sticks...

 Leon Kossoff 'Cherry tree, winter'

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I've got my garden back...

So … this is what a garden looks like after a week of being blanketed with ten inches of snow. The big grasses are all truly having a "bad hair day" . 

To be honest the garden always looks pretty scrappy this time of year , with perennials   getting knocked about every which way. 

I  did go out when the sun came out and chopped at a few things, just to clear the path  a bit.  I  left  all the cuttings on the ground . I think next month I'll start really cutting back and clearing up. Before the early bulbs start poking though.

I wonder if I should lift that ice sheet from the fish tank ?

My favorite plant at the moment ….The Wintergold  Mugo Pine  !

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Four days in...

Four days snowed in with two bored dog and a husband . I have managed to finish a quilt  and start another. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Another look at the January garden

Things have changed a bit from yesterdays post ! 

So much snow cover , I 'm having trouble remembering ….what is under there.  Oh yes Bamboo ! The drooping cable is more worrying .

Arctostaphylos before I  swished it with the broom .

Not worried so much about the grasses and perennials , but all the big heavy shrubs along the fence…now where are they. I've been darting in and out , as I suddenly remember : Cistus 'Alma '  Rosemary and  Pittosporum 'tall and tough'  … lets hope so.

Completely bent to the ground Eucalyptus camphora  .

The little shed looks quite sweet ! Haven't checked on my Bonzai  collection sitting on the tree stump yet.  

I think that's Saccharum ravennae  , maybe it will pop up again .

The Eucayptus after a little brush up. It did die back the first year I planted it , so I'm hopeful for recovery !

Monday, January 9, 2017

January in the garden...

I didn't get around to photographing any of the lovely snowy scenes after this weekends  snow  / freezing rain storm. Actually there wasn't a whole lot of snow this time around.
I did have a wander  around today .  No deaths so far …..mostly just blackened  mush ! 

I don't mind the mush at all , it seems to disappear quickly and hopefully enriches my sandy soil.

The shade garden seems to be tidying itself up nicely !  I  mostly left it all to collapse after the summer. . 

The front garden will take a bit of work ! Last year went over the whole lot with the mulch mower in February. Till then I'm just going to enjoy the mess !