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.
As I wandered around the garden to see what was beginning to appear it was exciting to see so many plants in bud:
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.
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!
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.
Related links – to name just a few:
- End of Month View – February 2012 (Patient Gardener)
- End of Month Review (February 2012) (Planticru Notes)
- The Fruit and Berry Garden (Island Threads)
- February Review (Hillwards)
- End of Month View – Pruning and new life (Hesperides Garden)
- Wishing for (Garden’s Eye View)
- My Garden Note Book (The Sage Butterfly)
- End of Month Review (The Blackberry Garden)