Monday, February 26, 2018

February in the garden

Finally the snow has all melted . I didn't even  take any photos this time round . My camera  battery needed charging.  Today the sun came out and it was not freezing cold.  

The stick still holding up the Decaisnea.

I managed to get quite a lot of the garden cleared up before the snow arrived . Even the gravel paths got raked  back into place.

I raked threw the Feather grasses , I wonder how many new ones I'll have this year ?

I 've been looking forward to moving the Albizia . And here we have it , in it's new spot , with much more space to fill out.

T. humilis violacea  

Tiny Chrysanthus orange mararch are still blooming away.

 C. biflorous spring beauty has become a nice sized clump . These were planted in 2013 .

Tommasinianus taking in the sun today!

Tommasiniana enjoying

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'

 A new Iris for me this year . I think I'll plant all the small bulbs , like these dwarf  Iris and  crocus in gravel along the paths . That way I don't have to do so much early clearing up to find them all smothered under dead planting.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Out about in the garden...

A few mild/dry days , and  I was out clearing up and hacking back as much as would fill the yard debris bin , plus a bit more. Like all this spindly and dead bamboo from the stock tank . I also cut back Salix Purpurea  and the Cotinus  and everything else that got in my way.

The shade garden got a good going over . Sometime soon I'm going to lift and divide all the clumps of dwarf  Mundo grass  and the black .  I cut the big  Vitex 'silver spears' down to the ground again this year ( It was sticking out on the leftt side of the path)  , last year it quickly grow back , but a little less huge , so I could walk past it . 

Found more Irises 

Hammamelis 'primavera' once again only has a few blooms on the lower branches , I think it's the dry location , so lots more water this summer.

First almost blooming Polygala chamaebuxus .

A couple more Crocus hidden under over grown shrubs 

Viburnum x bodnantese 'Charles Lamont ' is only small right now , but it's will be  lovely  as it grows and blooms in late winter .