Despite a really strong wind, the sky is blue, the sun is shining and more important it is NOT RAINING!! I grabbed the moment this morning to check the garden for any wind damage and take a view on what is surviving the wet and wind. We are in the first week in February, and bar one or two days have avoided heavy frosts and it is still relatively mild, so everything is slightly confused. There are signs of Spring around
I found a primrose in flower growing happily under a Spirea shrub, albeit being nibbled by something. This happens every year and I am yet to find out who or what the culprit is.
I wandered around to find anything else that was looking Spring like but there was nothing much in the back garden. The Ribes is just about to bud as is the Forsythia so there will be a photo opportunity for them in a couple of weeks. The Sedum caught my eye. I love the way the new rosettes nestle at the base of the previous years growth …
…and the raindrops tucked in the new growth.
The front garden is a different matter. It is full of snowdrops which I see every time I look out of the lounge window.
Strange how simple thing can excite me, I was delighted to see that flowerbed under the lounge window seems to think that Spring has arrived. There are narcissus almost out.
The Kerria has tiny little yellow buds appearing. To dispel any confusion this stem was tucked behind the Buddleia, which is the leaf you can see in the photo.
I even have some tulips coming through, although I am not sure how they will make it because, as with the primrose, something is nibbling at the leaves.
As I returned to the back garden, I inspected the side garden which is full of daffodils and bluebells just poking their way through – way behind the daffs in the front garden and not very exciting to photograph so I gave them a miss.
The Pieris Forest Flame is covered in buds. This plant is in a very large pot and battered by the wind as it blows down the ide of the house but would seem to be holding its own, despite being blown over several times just lately.
I can’t leave this post without including a couple of photos of the Hellebores growing contentedly under the Choisya. It doesn’t seem to like to spread itself but it has been there for many years.
The soil is so wet the weeds are having a great time, but it is also making it easier to dig them out as their roots are not gripping their surroundings. I have removed lots of dandelions this morning, so before the next tranche of rain, due this afternoon, I have had a beneficial morning.
What are the signs of Spring in your garden?
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