Click on the logo above to return to our garden website


Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
February 2013

February 28th
It has been a case of dry cool and dull with the weather for at least a week, the garden is in a state of suspense, waiting for some warmer temperatures...and some SUNSHINE.
Iris reticulata 'Edward' 

The Crocus are staying shut through lack of sun, well except one!

We potted up a lot of Phlox paniculata last autumn, they are now making into good plants, for sale on our open days,

The Snowdrops are in suspense too, most of the flowers are shut.

Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima' showing well.

And new growth on all the Roses.

Narcissus 'February Gold' 

February 17th
A decent weekend weather wise, which has allowed us to catch up on some jobs in the garden that we have not been able to do.
Replacing rotten wood on the bottom of some of the fence panels in Lyn's garden. Painting the arches over the gates, moving a few plants that where in the wrong place.
Knocking out all of the Dahlias that we grow in pots, and replanting them with new compost.

After 3 years the 'thatch' on the aviary required renewing, so I have made up new frames and need to order some brushwood screening, which I use as thatch.
Lots of new growth now on the Clematis and most of the perennials in Lyn's garden, and it's great to see some colour returning to the garden.

Lots of Crocus in the garden now, they do spread about a bit, but give some early colour.

The Snowdrops are still flowering well.

First to flower this year Narcissus 'Martinette' 

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' 

Crocus sieberi 'Tricolor' 

Crocus tommasinianus 'Roseus'

February 3rd
I fed all the clematis yesterday with Sulphate of Potash, which helps to promote flowers. Just sprinkled around the base of the plant, try not to get any on the new stems.
I also potted up about 50 of each, seedlings of Thalictrum delavayi and Eryngium bourgatii 'Graham Stuart Thomas' which we had raised from some of last years collected seed.
Every year around this time, while the herbaceous plants are just making new growth. I check off all the plants against our database, to make sure we still have the plants and to add those that have arrived since last year (Lyn doesn't tell me she has put them in).
We have had some very cool winds for days now, and it looks as though February is going to be on the cool side as well.
This time last year we had repotted the dahlias which we grow in pots, but it will be a week or two yet before we repot them this year.

Iris reticulata 'Harmony' 

Crocus tommasinianus 'Roseus' 

An unnamed Hellebore.

Erysimum 'Jenny Brook' has been in flower all the year round, without any protection at all.

Salvia 'Lady in red' which we sowed seed about 12 days ago.

A greater spotted woodpecker on the trunk of our 'Lollipop' tree. Unfortunately they have been pecking at the bark again.
They take suet pellets from our bird feeders and lodge them in the holes, so they can eat them easily. They also peck the
bark to find insects to eat.

No the picture of this male Bullfinch wasn't taken in our bathroom!. The tiles in the background are part of the 'Lions head'
feature wall in the 'Exotic' garden.