February always seems to be over in a rush, those few less days somehow making a big difference, and now it’s time for a quick monthly overview, kindly hosted by Helen at Patient Gardener. I have found it a great way of keeping a regular photographic record of the garden as a whole and often check back on previous year’s EOMV posts to compare times of flowering. It has also illustrated that there is always something going on, something to be quietly or enthusiastically excited about – currently the onset of more spring blooms to join the earlier snowdrop specials, and the native snowdrops coming towards their peak.
From the back of the house the view across the paved area also encompasses the flotsam and jetsam arising from work on the raised bed for the snowdrop specials – block paviors, rope edges and sections of the little picket fence which had been at the back of the border. In the tubs, tulips are pushing their way through and new foliage is unfolding on the roses.
To the right of this area, the streamside grass and the shrub border are resplendent in Crocus tommasinianus, mostly ‘Barr’s Purple’, the milder temperatures of the last couple of days really bringing them forward. Seeing them in profusion like this I realise how attractive they look next to the grasses in the shrub border, making me change my mind about moving them all to the streamside.
Bill’s chimney in the bothy gives a good view over the main borders.These and the blue & white borders are the last areas of the garden that need forking over and compost added to them and hopefully this can be achieved this week now the raised bed is completed.
The recently purchased clematis were planted out yesterday, most of them in the clematis colonnade. There are definite gaps in the hardy geraniums at their feet, something to be remedied later in the year:
The woodland edge border is moving towards its period of spring abundance, with the common snowdrops all opening up and the hellebores starting to make a statement. Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ is still in full flower in the foreground of the last photo and on the left in this one:
The left and right bold borders with various new shoots emerging. Although I have already reduced the size of clumps of crocosmia I have read advice since then which suggests dismantling the clumps altogether to rejuvenate them, so they may be re-tackled in due course.
Like the pots on the paved area there is plenty of evidence of fresh foliage emerging on the roses in the rose garden, and the availability of bags of slate chippings again at JTF meant I could get the areas next to the ‘bus shelter’ here tidied up:
Back towards the house is the special snowdrop bed, already featured this week, and the hedge border with a few Crocus ‘Snow Bunting’ in flower:
And that’s it for February 2015. To see how the various sections of the garden fit together don’t forget that there is a map (under The Garden tab above) to help you get your bearings – and thanks once again to Helen for hosting the meme. Do look at her blog for links to other bloggers’ gardens and what is happening in them today.