End of Month View: a Warm and Fuzzy Feeling

We are all conscious of February being a shorter month, albeit only two or three days shorter, but I am in no particular hurry to see the back of it and welcome March and the increasing promise of spring. How so? Well, the garden here has brought me so much joy in February, creating a  warm and fuzzy glow deep in my soul. Every time I ramble in it or gaze at it through the windows, even when the weather is less clement, it graciously offers up a surprisingly wide range of flowering plants and foliage as well as the preened bare bones of its structure. It is not just the satisfaction of tasting the fruits of the creation that generates this warm fuzzy glow, but the knowledge that others can sense a similar joy when they ramble in my footsteps.

We had positive feedback from all the visitors when we opened the garden a fortnight ago, but I didn’t mention that the visitors included two ladies who were visiting for the fourth time, having come very year we opened and clearly feeling the repeat visits were worthwhile. I happened to bump into one of these ladies during the week and she told me how not just much they enjoyed it, but how she had been trying to explain to another friend that this February visit was every bit as enjoyable as a June one. Having wanted to demonstrate to visitors that there could be things of interest in their gardens all the year round, this certainly suggests that the point has been made.

So, above is the view we see from the main kitchen windows, with tulip foliage now poking up through the Bellis perennis in many of the pots and fresh foliage bursting out on the roses and clematis, whilst below is that from the back sitting room, speaking for itself with the fragrant shrubs, bulbs and vibrant cornus and primroses.

The woodland is alive with emergent wood anemones, bluebells and wild garlic, with fritillary now in bud:

From the bothy we look out over the main herbaceous borders:

The same borders (the subject of the germ of an idea for a New Project) from ground level, the bronze heuchera bed and clematis colonnade, and the woodland edge border from both ends, choc-a-bloc with snowdrops and hellebores:

The currently uninspiring bold borders:

Inside the working greenhouse, with Winter Sunshine sweet peas enjoying their root freedom and now up to about 18″ tall, and rather too many trays of seedlings considering it is only the end of February!

The blue & white border and stark (but tidy!)rose border:

The special snowdrop border, the snowdrops past their best but the hellebores (all white or green) thriving and happy:

Down one side of the house we have the new entrance border…

And down the other we have the Coop and the Coop Corner, the former beginning to reward patience as more bulbs break into bloom, and the latter with hellebores and Clematis armandii playing starring roles:

I would not expect you to get the same warm and fuzzy glow from looking at these pictures, but I hope they convey at least some of the flavour of my garden at the end of February, a relatively mild albeit very damp February.

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31 Responses to End of Month View: a Warm and Fuzzy Feeling

  1. I’d get a warm fuzzy feeling too if I was looking out on your garden!

  2. Heyjude says:

    You’ve certainly got a lot of interest in your garden. All looks very tidy and very green!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – we are reaping the benefit of the tidiness, as I am fairly sure it wouldn’t have looked like this if we hadn’t had the opening!

  3. susurrus says:

    They do and I can always get a warm fuzzy feeling when I look inside such a beautifully cared for garden.

  4. Warm fuzzies here as well.

  5. tonytomeo says:

    Yup, here too. It might be warmer here, and with Rhody, a bit fuzzier, but February is suppose to still be a bit cool. Too much warm might look a bit unseasonable.
    It certainly looks neat and orderly.

    • Cathy says:

      The warm and fuzzy feeling was in my soul, Tony, regardless of the weather 😉

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes, we all get it; but some of us have the weather (and little colleagues) to go with it. Actually though, those of us in mild climates might get more of the warm fuzzies from cooler wintry weather. It is rather rare.

  6. Annette says:

    It’s looking great, Cathy, and I wonder if you’re aware just HOW much it has come on over the years? It’s so rewarding when you open it to visitors and get such great feedback, well done and well deserved. Keep up the good work 🙂

  7. Anna says:

    Oh I’m so glad that you are experiencing warm February fuzzies Cathy. You should be most proud of your achievements and it’s so generous of you to share your beautiful garden both here and in ‘real life’. The Coop and Coop Corner are looking really established now and your working greenhouse looks fit to burst 😄

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – and it brings pleasure to share it. With the Coop areas, I know exactly when they were created (April 2018) so can easily assess their progress – can’t believe it was only 2 years ago!

  8. Your late winter garden is certainly beautiful Cathy and so inviting! Thank you for a well needed warm and fuzzy feeling!

  9. Brian Skeys says:

    I think we can all find solace in our gardens and spring flowers in these damp dismal times Cathy. I do hope for a brighter March in so many different ways.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes indeed Brian – and we have had several periods of sunshine and blue skies in February too, in between the rain. And it’s almost stll light at 6 o’ clock!

  10. Anna | Yes, Little Hummingbird? says:

    I love early bloom gardens, tbh. It’s lovely to see the flowers when they’re bloomed, sure. But it’s also just as fun to see them waking up, and trying to guess who’s waking up first!

  11. Diana Studer says:

    I would like to visit your garden. Different areas that invite a stroll, all so enviably ready for visitors.

  12. Cathy says:

    A garden to be proud of, Cathy! 🙂

  13. Steve says:

    Hi Cathy is anyone hosting this now? I cannot see Helen doing it.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Steve, good to hear from you – I was thinking about you the other day when I noticed my Phyllis Fancy cuttings had flowers on them! I tracked down a plant after seeing yours on the blog; last autumn I lifted that year’s plant (from a cutting) and overwintered it in the greenhouse as the previous one didn’t survive. Does yours overwinter well? Anyway, no, as far as I know no-one is hosting an EOMV meme but I always post because it forms a good record. MIght you take it on again?

      • Steve says:

        Hi Cathy. Well I could start again as it is almost the end of the month. I will let you know.
        I think we have lost our Phyllis Fancy this year as I left cutting too late. So I am ordering new plants.

        • Cathy says:

          Would you like a rooted cutting or two of PF? I will have no-one to sell them (and all the other cuttings and plantlets I have tending) to this year!

          • Steve says:

            Would love them. We feel the same as we were due to open the garden in June with the village. all cancelled.
            Send them to Glebe House, Church Lane, Hoby, Melton Mowbray, LE14 3DR
            Thanks you very much

          • Cathy says:

            You are most welcome and I have posted them today, Steve. Surprisingy they have blooms on them but it would be a good idea to cut them off. It always amazes me that these cuttings will grow into a full size clump within the season

          • Steve says:

            They arrived today. Many many thanks. Potted up and in the greenhouse waiting for the frosts to finish. Meanwhile I am looking at other salvias to try.

          • Cathy says:

            You are very welcome Steve; I am glad they arrived safely

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