Planting snowdrops

One thing that I want to have but doesn't appear to be in the garden is some snowdrops. So I bought a little pot of them and planted them.

They don't like to dry out and there is no chance of that here. There was water at the bottom of the hole that I dug for them. I hope of course that it is not too wet for them. Perhaps there is none already because they just don't survive.

I planted them admittedly on the "wet side" (although there is not too much difference on the borders) but they do get some sun there.

Here they are in their pot.

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And here they are planted.

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Purple loosestrife

I bought a purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria "Robert") from Cowell's garden centre. These are rather lovely plants that attract lots of bees and I am hoping that they will do well in the very moist conditions in the garden.

Here it is in its pot.

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I eventually decided to plant it between the cordyline and the second pheasant berry bush. Yes, there is not much to see at the moment.

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I can only recall ever seeing one of these in the wild, which when I lived in Carshalton. I took a couple of pictures at the time (2012).

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Hazel flowers

I received this newsletter showing the bright pink of a hazel flower. Seeing it I realised that this was exactly what I saw and took a picture of earlier.

Here is a more recent clearer picture.

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First crocus flowers

The first crocus flowers have appeared. The yellow one is in the trough container that I brought with me. The blue/purple one is one of the ones that was already in the garden.

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February roundup

This is a roundup of what happened in the garden during February. Don't forget I have just moved in and am seeing the plants grow for the first time, having to guess at what plants are from last years dead foliage and the new shoots.

Weather

There was about two whole weeks of dry weather during the month. The lawn almost dried out! Well not really - the center and right part was still quite soggy. Then it rained for a whole day and everything was saturated again.

Bulbs

Daffodils have flower buds but they have not opened yet.

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There are montbretia sprouting everywhere, with leaves up to a couple of inches.

Of the bulbs that I planted, several tulips are coming up, and there are a couple of either bluebells or muscari. The photo shows one and a tulip.

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The crocuses were not out, one is about to flower and …

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A periwinkle flower!

Well this is surprising, I'd never even heard of the Periwinkle (as a plant, rather than a sea snail) and now I have a flower that looks very much like a periwinkle flower. But it is not on the plant in the recent article Maybe Periwinkle? .

Anyway first here is the flower. It is quite small no more than a centimeter across. It is the only one on the plant and there are no obvious other buds either.

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So this is another spreading plant with much smaller leaves that are variegated light green and white. It is by the side of the house at the bottom of the picture below.

It is also spreading by rooting wherever it touches the soil. This one looks easier to keep under control, but only because it is more accessible and not mixed up in any other plants. Since the photo was taken I've …

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First of my own bulbs

I bought some bags of bulbs cheap at the beginning of January and planted them. I've been waiting for some to show. As it turns out there were many bulbs already planted in places where I planted my own, which makes it difficult to tell what is what.

The ones I planted are English Bluebells, Muscari and Tulips. I also planted a single Allium.

There are now a few shoots that I am reasonable certain are from the batches I planted.

The first look like it might be a tulip, although it may be a bit early to tell.

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This is the Allium. Not a very good picture of it. I partially excavated it to check up on it as I had forgotten exactly where I planted it.

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Both Muscari and Bluebells look a bit like this, I am going to guess …

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New shoots

Some new activity to report.

Shoots of what I am thinking is a catmint. Certainly looks like a mint.

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Probably aquilegia

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This is growing from the plant that I believe is the Lady's Mantel.

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Shoots growing on a climbing vine. Don't know what this is yet.

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