First anenome

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.

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Bluebell shoots

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 flowering.

These are under the forsythia at the side of the house.

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January round up

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 above freezing.

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 available.


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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Six things, Saturday 27th

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.

1 Primroses

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 Spring.

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2 Snowdrops

This is the first one to open. Well it is almost open anyway.

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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 …

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Polemonium shoots

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 recently.

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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.

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The second is under The Tree.

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De Ree Lupins and Echinaceas

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.

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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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Six on Jan 20th

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.

1 Primroses

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.

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2 …

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