This are the first leaves
of the already existing patch of Anenemes (probably A. blanda).
I don't have any such early pictures of this last year, the first
picture was on 13th March when it started to flower.
I have planted more A. blanda elsewhere in the garden although I've
forgotten exactly where. I should be able to recognise them now.
After last years bluebell disappointment, I am hoping that this
year the new ones I planted will turn out to be actual English bluebells.
Here are the first shoots I noticed this year, still a couple of months until
These are under the forsythia at the side of the house.
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January started with some severe frosts and snow.
Long periods where the night time temperature dropped below 0C.
After the snow the temperatures soared to heights that are average for
May, and when the wind calmed down and the sun came out it did feel like a spring day.
Temperatures then fell back to those more typical for winter but still
Finally there is some sun returning to the garden. At the start of
the month the garden is in shade all day, but at the end the back and
right borders are now getting a certain amount of sunshine when it is
There were flowers on
the blue Primrose that was already here
as well as the Winter Jasmine.
I bought a few things that were in flower already to add to the
display, including a few primroses, I am
particularly liking this yellow one …
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After a thick layer of snow last Sunday, the weather warmed up
to Spring-like temperatures.
When it was calm and the sun was out, it was very pleasant indeed.
Warm but a bit breezy today for this weeks Six on Saturday.
These two sit just outside the back door so they are a delightful
patch of colour close to the house.
There are a few bulbs nearby so I am looking forward to an interesting
This is the first one to open. Well it is almost open anyway.
3 Polemonium shoots
A couple of days ago I noticed
that the Polemonium that I got as a bargain at the tail end
of last year had survived and was growing new leaves.
I was glad because it would not have been a bargain if it hadn't survived.
So I took a closer look at my other …
Last year I got a cheap scruffy looking
Polemonium caeruleum "Brise D'Anjou" (second picture).
Here are some new shoots I first saw today.
The shoots are remarkable perfect minuture versions of the adult leaves, and the
varegated nature can already be seen.
Suprised to see it so soon especially after the cold and snow
There are two orchids
growing in the garden.
I left the old stalk on each of them and each of them already has a
shoot appearing right next to the old stalk.
I didn't notice them this early last year.
So far there is still the one shoot per plant, I was hoping there
would be two each this year but no such luck so far anyway.
They do not flower until May/June.
The first is right at the edge of the path by the back door.
The second is under The Tree.
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I couldn't resist getting three packets of perennials for £5.
They are crowns of plants in loose dry compost in a plastic bag.
Last year I bought some delphiniums in similar packaging and
by the time I came to plant them, they were almost completely
indistinguishable from the compost. I planted them without much hope
and indeed they did not grow.
By gently tipping the bags to and fro I made sure that there were some
signs of life in the ones I picked. This post is about the Lupins and
Echinaceas. The other packet was a Canna, which I will write about
when I decide what to do with it.
There were supposed to be four and that's how many there were, all had
plenty of growth. Perhaps too much for this early in the year.
One had a very large root, there were two medium sized ones …
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There was snow this week and the lawn is still covered although it
has melted somewhat around the borders. Today was sunny and as there
was very little wind did not feel cold at all.
Next week a mini heatwave is forecast of up to 11C.
The most exciting thing for me is to see the shoots returning of things that
I planted last year; currently I have the first Tulips, lots of
crocuses and plenty of snowdrops.
That may not be so interesting to anyone else reading this, so I have
mostly avoided new shoots in this weeks Six On Saturday
as hosted by The propagator blog.
I accidentally planted three primroses in a straight line instead of
the triangular clump I was aiming for, so I had to get an orange one to
make the group a bit more interesting and it was planted today.