End of Month – February 2013
I’m not so sure if it’s worthwhile making a post this month… Things are pretty much the same, albeit yes the Crocus, Iris and Tete-a-tete are now out, but they don’t make much of an impact at the moment… they’re not opening all at once, just the odd bloom here and there as I think the cool temperatures are holding them back (and keeping the snowdrops blooming, so shouldn’t complain).
Also, I’ve noticed the clumps of snowdrops producing more as the weeks pass… For example one clump has suddenly added another 5 blooms.
This weekend is forecast to be really rather nice, so I aim to get out and chop things back before they properly begin to grow i.e. roses and such need cutting back as the buds are opening and should probably also floor one of the Buddlejas.
It’s almost that time of year!!!
Oh yes, you know what’s coming!
I’ll have to ‘acquire’ some from my parent’s… I have a few plants, which should be white ones, but as always they’ve refused to seed in my border… By now the borders will be full in their garden; full of easy pickings for me 🙂
The front garden is looking quite nice, just waiting for the Crocus to open… This border will always be behind the others as it receives no direct sunlight at this time of year. It’s light enough, just not direct. Soon it will be full of Muscari too; although I’m concerned some don’t appear to be growing… I had loads last year along the front of the border but so far no sign of them 😦
Many of the plants still look very much flattened after the snow(s). I’m looking forward to fresh growth appearing and covering the otherwise bedraggled older leaves. The borders also in general look untidy and need a good tidy and mulch.
There’s a few Hellebores with buds on them, as yet none are nice and mature so generally I only have one stem off each plant… Just need the patience to wait for them to mature.
Something seems to be missing from the Aster border… I’m not sure what it is yet… I think there’s quite a lack of bulbs. I wonder if the wet summer was too much for them and many rotted.
Will definitely be tidying the right border, I placed dead growth to help protect plants from the worst of the cold and it’s time to get it moved now and more attractive mulch in its place. I’ve a compost bin full I could use on some of the borders so I don’t need to buy quite so much.
The poor Erysimum will have to go… they’re bent over with no chance of recovery; a shame because they’re nice mature plants. I just need to decide whether to pull them out sooner rather than later.
Job for the weekend: Mulching and tidying borders, including pruning roses and shrubs/climbers.
Some weeds are beginning to pop up too, so I ought to get on top of them and I might have a go at planting some of the Foxgloves; is it too early to attempt planting my Corncockles I sowed last year? They’re sizeable/strong plants now at around 20cm but look nice and sturdy and not at all leggy.
Apologies for the following rant…
but I’m really furious with Photobucket right now. They’ve updated their site and quite frankly now it’s terrible. Not only do they think it’s a good idea to look like facebook – erm hello, only 5 years too late on that bandwagon – but also we can’t change the options for uploading images. So what does this mean? Well it means they automatically upload my images to a certain size, which is making them smaller and hence the loss of photo quality in this post (some look pixellated because they’ve been stretched).
And I’m angry.
So, needless to say I’ve given them terrible feedback and am considering leaving them because of it. I’ve been using PB since 2004… Yes 2004!!!! With no other problems and have otherwise been happy with hosting my photos there. Other than a general slight reduction in the quality of my photos, which I could forgive as it is for the web and it’s not like I’m sending them to print so it didn’t matter all that much. But now being restricted to 1024×647 is just abysmal. I could understand if they were restricting images to say 2GB or something but as all my photos are saved for the web in Photoshop they rarely exceed a few hundred KBs so the actual filesize is quite small (and also means they’re not good enough quality for people to try to sell as prints but they’re fine for the web as the internet works at 72dpi).
Photobucket; you suck. Sort it out.