Gertie’s Garden End of February 2014

 

Gertie’s Garden End of February 2014

 

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  Midway through the month hellebores were in full sway.

 

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   By the 24th they were fully flowering; pretty in morning sunlight.

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   Snuggling next to them, little primroses, and along the way, fresh purple polyanthus.

 

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   My elephants’ ears, bergenia[?], were in full flower, and very splendid.

 

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   Around the little garden, bits and bobs are coming back to life; daffodil under the sprouting fuchsia, amongst the shoots of Spanish bluebells,

 

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   Because of its persistence and its pretty yellow, I have vowed to allow some celandines to thrive in peace, though, unless someone tells me better, I will root out that weed around it!

 

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   Campanula has started strong this year…it over-Wintered, so I hope it won’t be demolished by frost later.

 

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   Here it comes , that early wonder, pulmonaria.

 

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….Lighter hellebores proliferate on the Blue Hill.

 

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     The broken-off hellebore [blooming Foxy!] with its two, fat buds, goes on blooming in the garden sink!

 

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   Light-coloured hellebores are very pretty on the Blue Hill.

 

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   Rose shoots on Dame du Court, are still looking good, glowing in morning sunshine.

 

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   Both curly and flat-leaf Welsh parsley pots are thriving :-)

 

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  Tulips are sprouting.

 

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   Primroses by the log are multiplying…..

 

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   …..and still, a tiny, red rose flowers!

 

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   There are many signs of new growth, geraniums and lacy white thing, dicentra, under its protective cloche

 

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   Indoors , preparations are under way for more plants to go out later in the season.

 

   Here are gaillarde and banana onions.

 

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   I tried out my saved beans first, next I will sow special ones.

 

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   Soon it will be time to plant the chitted early potatoes.

 

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   Pride of place this year will be teasels, closely watched over by Hedgeley…I wonder why?

 

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   It’s away now and tend to more seedlings and also some weeding in Gertie’s Garden whilst the sun is still shining.

 

  

 

Anne …..February 26th 2014 ….happy B’day Sadie    :-)

 

24 Responses

  1. mick1970 says:

    very nice garden has plenty of life in it

  2. gertie says:

    Thank you Mick :rose: …it’s really surprising how much isn’t it :yahoo:

  3. Thank-you for a lovely glimpse into your garden, spring is defiantly on its way :yahoo: its amazing what a few days or weeks do, the soil suddenly goes from bare to lots of new life appearing, a fantastic boost to morale :rose:

  4. gertie says:

    You are very welcome Lynn…I am constantly amazed and heartened by the power of plants. :yahoo:

  5. shedsue says:

    Lovely Anne….its totally and utterly amazing “innit” :yes: :heart: :rose:

  6. gertie says:

    Ain’t it tho’ Sue :yes: :heart: :rose:

  7. Lovely pics, Anne :yes: you have a lot more colour than me at the mo, although I do have hellebores.

  8. gertie says:

    Thank you :rose:
    I have only recently discovered hellebores Jane…I think it may have been Malcolm who alerted me to them, as with clematis. I too am pleasantly surprised by what is out there. There is a bit of a wind tunnel thro’ at times, but otherwise I think it’s quite sheltered. :-)

    • Hellebores seem to be pretty hardy, Anne – mine get blown about tremendously and manage to survive :yes: I like some clematis but not all and although there are 5 here, it’s a bit hit and miss how they’ll do each year, it seems :wacko: Might be summat to do with me not knowing what they are and therefore when I should prune them B-)

      • gonewest says:

        Ah, I think it must be your photos that planted the word hellebore in my mind and have resulted in my purchase of 6 which I treated myself to yesterday and have planted this morning. I hope they stay the course.

        I see you have teasels (that you’ve grown from seed? was it easy?). I see them growing wild and love them when their cones are purply-blue. I’d love to have a few down by the river in our garden as the land we’re on used to be a fulling mill. Teasels (fuller’s teasel were used as part of the process of fulling (basically combing I think) the wool. Kind of seems like they should be here somehow.

      • gertie says:

        The teasels have grown out of a teasel head I left in a bowl in the cold frame…it got some water in the bowl, neglect, and hey presto…baby teasels!!! :yahoo: :-) ;-)

      • gertie says:

        Re the hellebores Jane, I found some more trampled and broken yesterday….I am going to plant more in other places off what seems to be a fox highway :wacko:
        I thank goodness that they are hardy though, and so pretty. :yahoo:

  9. gertie says:

    I didn’t know about the goldfinches either Lizzie….we have had quite a few around here in the last few years. :good:

  10. Yewbarrow says:

    terrific pics again Anne, your hellebores are just fantastic lovely to see

  11. gertie says:

    They were lovely Jenny and those left standing still are :good: I think that there will be more before they stop flowering…lovely flowers :rose:

  12. cilla says:

    Pretty as a picture Gertie, a real delight. :rose:

  13. dixon says:

    Quite the photographer our gertie. ;-) :rose:

  14. gertie says:

    Thank you Dixon :rose: ….tho ‘it’s hard to go wrong with hellebores … ennit :yahoo: ;-)

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