Tidy up!

Today was the day…

Well, the day that I started tidying up after winter…  I stopped when there was no more space in the green bin and I decided that a cup of tea and biscuit(s) in the warmth was what I needed!

magnolia bud

Not sure if my magnolia stellata will actually flower this spring… there are plenty of buds but they don’t look very ‘fat’.  Is there a flower inside here??

Because I was clearing away so much dead leaves/twigs/grasses etc I was on the look out for new ‘greenery’.  This garden seems to be so far behind others I have seen.  There aren’t many new shoots showing yet!  Perhaps I’m too impatient…

I do have some bulbs showing green leaves but not many flowers.  I thought that grape hyacinths were fairly indestructible – not for me though!

The holly bush still has berries and this looked very bright and cheerful so I thought I would add this photo – even though holly is usually thought of in connection with Christmas.

red holly berries variegated leaves

I was pleased to see some ladybirds ‘hibernating’ (do they do this?) in the garden… Last autumn I made a ‘insect house’ and stacked it with lengths of bamboo.  – This was difficult   to do as bamboo is hard to cut and none of the bits I cut were the same length when I had finished.  Today I saw that bits had fallen out so I filed in the gaps with euphorbia stems (hollow and easy to cut to size).  So this is now finished – but where were the ladybirds?

…These ladybirds preferred the trellis and a dead foxglove leaf!

ladybirds in dead foxglove leaf ladybirds on trellis