Brrrrr!!

I had wondered where the winter weather was… but hadn’t quite expected this!

On Saturday morning took a photo of the snowdrops at the front.  They are flowering much later and the clump is much smaller than the snowdrops at the back.  Also I have no idea what variety these are as there is no label to be seen…

small snowdrops black ivy berries in the sunshine

Note to myself – must be more organised! (as always)

The ivy on the front fence, which belongs to our neighbours, looks great – leaves shiny and bright green plus it is full of black berries.  The birds are supposed to like to eat these but they rarely do.  I think it is because this is right next to the pavement and the birds don’t feel very secure.

I took a photo of the insect box when I had a look to see if there were any bees ‘at home’.  Sadly there weren’t but perhaps they will find it next year… It looks so untidy, very unlike the neat ones that you can buy in the shops.  (Don’t suppose that makes any difference to the bees though).

Also the pond has a layer of ice on the top.  No sign of the fish but I think that is a good thing at the moment.  The plant leaves look lovely frozen in place.  Another job for the spring tidy up.

leaves frozen in the pond insect house

Snow starts to fall… Perfect excuse to finalise my list of seeds to order!

Keep warm!

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Showers and new shoots

winter sun shining through bambooIt isn’t easy to get out in the garden at the moment…

The showers are blowing along quickly and everywhere is so wet.  The low sunlight through the black bamboo does look lovely though.

Its not a good idea to walk on clay soil (which is heavy enough anyway) so to get to the ‘wild’ corner and the pond I walk across the grass and just stick to the stepping stone path.

clump of snowdrops

I’ve seen spring flowers in other people’s gardens but only have one small clump of snowdrops here.  Perhaps I need to split the clump up after they have flowered…?

Last year I had some double flowers in the front garden but there is no sign of them at all at the moment…

I have some green shoots that may be grape hyacinths but no sign of flowers to give me a clue.  I really should have put some plant labels in the ground rather than trying to remember where the bulbs are.

I have a small success through!  I planted bulbs in the ‘wild’ part of the grass and today noticed that the spring crocus is about to flower!  So far I have four flowers (not a great show, I know) and checking back in my scrapbook I see that I bought 35  ‘snow crocus’ bulbs which are a mixture of  purple, light purple, yellow and white.  So far, my 4 flowers are purple but I’m quite happy that they have grown!

purple crocus in grassThe picture isn’t the most exciting but I think it is a good start to the ‘wild’ patch in the garden.

I also have other bulbs shooting up, these are the alliums that I planted last autumn.  I’m rather confused by this, it is far too early in the year for these isn’t it?

Such strange weather!

Anyway, my next ‘task’ is to choose what veg seeds to buy.  Just the thing to do on a grey, wet, windy day…


Is it Spring or Winter?

Overnight frost and a chilly start to the day at last.  The birds are singing and the spring bulbs just starting to show…

Snowdrops in the back garden are green clumps with some white tips but the flowers aren’t open yet.  No sign of them at all in the front garden…

Found some tiny primroses in flower and that was really great to see!

Primroses

Had to tie back two branches of pyracantha which had blown over.  They should be tied to trellis on the side fence but were lying on the ground.  Very prickly job!  But the frost on the berries was lovely.

Pyracantha berries with frost