End of Month View for February 2012 ( a year on)

My blogging year has come full circle and this is my second End of Month View for February.   Last February 2011 I wrote on my EOMV :

I have always told myself that I should have a Gardener’s Diary.   I could make copious notes of  plantings, mistakes and successes.  I could fill it with reminders of plants to be moved, and various jottings of ideas and plans.  I never did get around to keeping  a diary, but now I have my Blog, so I have no excuse plus the added bonus of photographs – hey, how organised is that?”

I am more organised now although I have not written an End of Month View for several months, mainly because I felt that nothing was happening in the garden.   The blog photographs have improved also, up to July 2011 I used my Fuji compact, then I moved up a notch to a Nikon DSLR and not only have the enjoyment of writing my blog I have the added love of photography.

Looking back at last year, the tete-a-tete daffodils and snowdrops are roughly at the same stage:

The joy of having a blog and using it as a garden diary is the ability to go back and see what stage everything was at.  I hadn’t realised by February 2011 I had sweet peas growing and potatoes chitting nicely in egg boxes – so far no sweet peas or potatoes but that is being dealt with.   Also I had just started to make the raised bed for vegetables.  This bed was very successful and I managed to produce lots of vegetables during the year.  It is empty at the moment so more of the raised bed in future EOMV’s.  I have carrots and peas ready to sow along with runner beans.

We have had very little rain lately but as my back garden has no sun in the winter months it remains quite wet and boggy.   I am always saying that I must tackle the ivy especially the north facing wall, it is so high that what Winter sun doesn’t reach any part of the garden.  It is my neighbour’s ivy but he seems more than happy to leave it to me to deal with.   That particular bed is looking good at the moment, but there is a big clump of hosta which I need to separate, it was eaten to pieces last year by slugs and snails.  The ferns are looking healthy and I intend to make a small hellebore collection, you will see there is already a solitary single Hellebore Nigra planted already – it looks a bit lonely.    Looking at this photo I have noticed how damp the bottom of the wall is looking, not surprising as it never gets any sun, even in the Summer months.

North Facing Wall

As I wandered around the garden to see what was beginning to appear it was exciting to see so many plants in bud:

Ribes - about to burst into flower

Clematis Montana Elizabeth

Spiraea - Gold Flame

Raspberry Cane

Looking down at the flower beds, I was pleased that the Agapanthus has made it through the Winter, mainly thanks to wrapping the cane cloche with fleece on really cold nights.   I love taking photos of one of my favourite plants – the Peony.  I have had this for about eight years and it was only last year that it produced fabulous blooms so fingers crossed that this year will be just as good, if not better.

Peony - Sarah Bernhardt

One disappointment is the disappearance of the very few crocus (or is that croci?) I had – sadly I could only find two feeble little shoots.   I am off to buy some more crocus bulbs to rectify this, especially having seen the very pretty Cream Beauty on Gwirrel’s Garden beautiful blog.

The front garden appears to be a little more advanced than the rear, which is not surprising as it does get lots of sun.  I have a Kerria at the side of the house which is bursting into flower.  It is getting rather large and unruly so will have to be pruned severely.  On very windy days, the branches bash against the lounge window and can be quite disturbing on a dark evening!

There is a very large Lilac tree in the front from which I hang bird feeders.  There are some wonderful blogs with great bird photos, Dave from The Anxious Gardener is one such blog.  Although he does say the birds are so used to him being around they don’t take much notice of him.    I sat in the bay window of the lounge with my camera trained hoping to catch at least one bird.  Two very noisy female blackbirds arrived but flew off very quickly as I moved.   However, I did capture a little blue tit and feel really quite proud as it is my very first bird photo!

Blue tit

Now the garden is beginning to get exciting and there will be more to write about at the end of March.  Thank you Helen (Patient Gardener) for hosting the End of Month View meme.  Please pay her a visit and take a look at all the other contributors to the EOMV, it’s like peeking over the garden wall to look at the neighbour’s wonderful garden.

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12 thoughts on “End of Month View for February 2012 ( a year on)

  1. It seems we are all feeling the same excitment as spring arrives; for some reason I’m feeling it more this year than last. I didn’t protect my Agapanthus so we’ll see how or if they’ve survived when I clear away the rotten top leaves that I left to protect them. Christina

  2. Hi Ronnie,

    You are correct that blogs can act as a diary – only I don’t ever use mine like that! hahaha. I find the easiest way is to look through my blog photo folder which contains all the cropped images I use for my posts. That way I get a fast snapshot of what went on each month and is much easier to navigate than my many, many photos of unedited images! Eeeeeeekk.

    Lovely to see your roundup, and I’m looking forward to seeing your Hellebore collection expand :)

    I also don’t protect my Agapanthus and they do survive… even though they aren’t yet happy enough after having moved and planted them three years ago! I do get leaves though – in fact this year the leaves didn’t even die away and can be seen in some of my shots!

  3. It’s great to read your reviews and it was these that inspired me to diarise my veggie success and failures month by month.
    Looking at the close-up of your soil in the peony shot, I’d forgotten what English soil is like. I love to see everything in bud – spring is def in the air!

  4. I love your shots of the buds starting to burst out on their branches! Springtime is a busy and beautiful time of year as I recall (when I used to live in the UK).
    Having a blog relating to your garden is just like keeping a diary because you can always look back and compare! I love my garden and seeing things grow but we don’t have any seasons here – just hot and warm lol! :D The beauty of that is that I can grow almost anything at any time of the year, so I shouldn’t grumble, but I do miss the seasons. However, I can enjoy them in your blog!

  5. Very exciting to see new buds fattening up everywhere. We have a small bit of kerria (one of my husband’s favourites) though it is not flowering yet. I’m still wondering whether I should have sunk it into the bed in a container to prevent it from trying to spread too far and take over though – I’ll be watching it closely :).

  6. Lovely Spring buds!
    I especially like the peony just coming from the ground.
    Lovely snowdrops, too!
    Have a blessed day!
    Lea
    Lea’s Menagerie

  7. Like Sara’s, the Priory kerria is no-where near flowering. Lots of promise building up in the garden, eh? Now, I want you to go out and mingle with those birds. Make sure they get used to you!

  8. I am glad you aare joining in again this year. I remember you building your raised bed last year. I can really see the difference a DSLR achieves in your photos – one is on my very long wishlist!!

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