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Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:40

If that had hapened to me they would have been put into pots of compost and into the cold frame till the weather was better which it is now.

Winter wonders

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:34

St. Valentine's day is in the heart of winter and the crocus is St. Valentine's flower, so HAPPY ST. VALENTINE'S DAY everyone.


Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 12:47
And there are loads of bergenia flowers in full bloom. Hardly seems like winter when you have one of those in a pretty vase on your breakfast table.

Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 12:02
Oh, I forgot about the St, Valentine flower - the crocus. Mine have joined the snowdrops.

Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:45
Oh, and Iris unguilaris is at its height though it can flower for ten months of the year. Pancake day has just been and I made 32 of them. The snowdrops are beautiful. The nights are stretching out. People are making plans for holidays and garden visits. Chaenomeles is covered in flowers. The birds are returning and some have found mates already. I have peach blossom on my peach tree. The blossom is just arriving on the wild cherry trees in my spinney. And oh, the hellebores!!! There, James, another ten.

Talkback: Planting to cut winter fuel bills

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 18:30
I have been doing this for the last 49years, My front garden faces north so it is packed with trees and shrubs. I habe built a conservatory on the back of the south facing lounge which heats the lounge when i open the patio dividing door on sunny days. the west facing long wall of the house with two bedrooms and the lounge on it has ivy covering it. The east wall has the drive right uo to it so shelter comes from a Lonicera nitida hedge on the other side of the drive which is in next door's garden. My huge back garden is full of large trees and shrubs and provides lots of shelter and shade. Both humans and wildlife love it. My motto is "Bare soil is a no-no". Perhaps we shoud add "Bare walls are a no-no". No matter how small your garden is you can always go upwards.

Winter wonders

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 15:49

Those white and purple crocuses at the Bristol Botanic garden do not mind the February freeze.


They are under an old oak tree.

Winter wonders

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 20:06

Oh dear, Busy-Lizzie.  i don't know what has caused that.  I am still getting them OK.

Winter wonders

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 14:12

Snowdrops are one of the wonders of winter and it is Feb.2nd and they are in full bloom in my garden.  I paid £20 for one bulb of "Colossus"  a few years ago and now look at the clump of very tall. large flowered , sweetly scented plants.

 Here are some more of my many varieties and species.

 And here are some of my doubles which shine out from dark corners.


Winter wonders

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 09:25

That is really wonderful. a sight for sore they say.

Discussions started by happymarion

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