Garden February 2018

It’s been a cold and windy February so far so, unsurprisingly, I haven’t been tempted outside to do any gardening! Just to keep the bird feeders topped up.

There are a few flowers appearing to brighten things up but I can’t wait until spring!

The snowdrops are over but some of the early daffodils are flowering.

The hellebores have looked amazing this year, although the flowers are quite hidden away so you only see them if you know they’re there!

A couple of camellia flowers have opened, although it’s mostly still just buds. This will be covered in flowers in a couple of weeks.

The cyclamen flowers are just about visible and the hyacinth leaves have appeared next to them. The hyacinths should flower just as the cyclamen are dying down.

Pansies in one of the hanging baskets. The daffodil leaves are beginning to appear alongside them.

Rhubarb beginning to emerge! Can’t wait until it’s big enough to pick and eat!

What’s your garden looking like at this time of year?


Garden at the beginning of October 2017 

Just realised I never published this draft post! The garden is looking a bit cold and windy and wet now compared to these photos!
Japanese anemone flowering
The berries are still there on the Cotoneaster. The birds tend to leave them until last.
Sedum flowers. These have looked lovely recently covered in frost.
More sedum flowers

Garden at the beginning of September 2017

The garden is beginning to look a bit autumnal, probably because of the sunflower drooping on the lawn! 

First nineteen apples of this year’s harvest. These are Red Windsor from the half standard tree.

The Japanese Anenome is still flowering, although it’s getting harder to keep on top of the dead heading! That’s another sunflower drooping into it – we had storms, it made the sunflowers droop.

The red Pyracantha is always the first to get berries, followed by the orange and with the yellow a long way behind.

The non-Chelsea chopped sedum is beginning to flower.

Last few Alstroemeria flowers.


What signs of Autumn are there in your garden? 

Garden at the beginning of June 2017 

The garden is beginning to look summery as all the bulb foliage has died down.

Looking across the patio to the lawn  with the herbs in the foreground 

Both of the apple trees have plenty of fruit forming despite some low temperatures when the blossom was  there.

Escallonia ‘Apple blossom’ bought on a holiday a few years ago and covered in flowers despite a lot of pruning earlier this year!

We spent the bank holiday Monday last week at the garden centre buying container plants, which I then planted up that afternoon. LO was meant to be helping but had an epic three hour nap instead!

Some of the containers in situ. Just have to remember to keep them watered but luckily LO is a keen plant waterer so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Salvia flowers- a present for LO’s Christening last year.

This rose is always covered in flowers each week too. I like the contrast between the flowers and the purple Physocarpus behind.

The blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes are covered in fruit and the rhubarb is getting huge.

Garden at the beginning of May 2017

Bit late for the beginning of May! I took the pictures then didn’t get round to blogging. Until this last week the weather had been unseasonably dry, the water butt was heading for empty and the grass had stopped growing… 

Here we have the back garden with LO very busy getting on with some gardening.

The Aubrieta is almost over but was very pretty whilst it lasted.

The newly planted Lavender just beginning to flower. It loved the dry weather!

This border is done in purple and yellow- Physocarpus and Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’ plus Heuchera ‘Chocolate ruffles’. Oh and a mini wheelbarrow belonging to LO.

The Ceanothus is covered in flowers and that’s an allium beginning to open up just in front of it.

The Dicentra is just about over, but the Heuchera leaves are looking lovely in the sunshine.

Garden at the beginning of February 2017

Bit of a drizzly wet grey beginning of the month here, after a cold January with lots of frost. The green containers at the side are seed trays which I found full of slugs and snails so I left them near the bird feeder in the hope that would solve the problem! 

There isn’t much flowering at the moment, just the winter flowering clematis, Wisley Cream

First sign of snowdrops, and the fact that it’s almost light when I leave home to drive to work and almost light when I leave work, means that Spring is on the way.

First time the Daphne has flowered too! looking forward to smelling the delicious scent.

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago- frost on a spider’s web on the front gate. Isn’t it pretty?!

Do you have any gardening plans for this year? I am hoping to do more gardening this year now that LO is walking and can ‘help’. I’m also intending to take advantage of having to use up some annual leave whilst she’s at nursery to get some of the bigger tasks like mulching done.