GBBD February 2012
There isn’t much in bloom this time round compared to December and January thanks to the snow killing off anything which was still hanging on in there during our otherwise mild winter. Instead I’ll have to focus on the new growth and with each day there’s always an improvement – I’m actually shocked at the difference in just two days after the snow melted. Of course you all won’t see the differences as I’m not posting the photos from two days ago 😉 I’ve also noticed that a lot of the young leaves or fresh growth have died away on plants such as the Pulmonaria, and Ajuga leaving the borders once again quite bare.
My eye has been caught by the purples coming through thanks to the Crocus Thomasinianus and Dwarf Irises. I also hadn’t realised I’d planted so many narcissi together, but I am looking forward to the nice clump I’ll have.
This clump of Thomasinianus has gone from 9 on the 12th to 17 on the 14th! I have a nice clump forming just there 🙂 Thomasinianus are so small, that really you need a large clump to make an impact.
In the back and side gardens the snowdrops survived the snow… And it’s becoming very apparent that I need to get tidying up over the coming weeks. For now I’m glad I left the dead growth though as no doubt it helped protect many of the plants beneath.
The Hellebores have not done so well in the snow, my attempts to protect them were naïve, but I do think if they’d had been in the ground then they would probably have been far happier. When I get the chance I will get planting them!
The Aster border doesn’t seem to have suffered too much under the snow, although the Calfornian Poppy isn’t very happy (it shouldn’t survive winter anyway, but mine always seem to). I’m glad to see the Scabious have survived though!
And finally some shots of the Cherry border; the amount of bird poo is getting ridiculous now! I’ve never seen it this bad! I’m going to move some of the feeders elsewhere so it isn’t all concentrated in one area as they fly into the Cherry tree.