Six on Saturday: February 10, 2018

February is a busy month with my husband’s birthday, Valentine’s day,  lots of medical appointments (I injured my foot 😦 which is no help for gardening), veterinarian appointments for our 10 year old dog, and visitors arriving at the end of the month. I expect our tree pruner to come next week as well.
Here are my six for Saturday.

1. This week has been up and down: wet and cold, but also sunny with clear skies. I’m so glad the Hamamelis Diane can withstand most anything.

 

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2. Buds are forming this week on all sorts of plants. This young Enkianthis appears to withstand winter mighty well.  I hope it blooms nicely in its new home.

The Group 1 clematis always look shabby even when in bud. Eventully their new leaves and blooms hide all last year’s mess.

 

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3. These are the very first snowdrops. Hurray!

 

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4. The Cyclamen are still cheering us up. You can see that I haven’t done much cutting back of grasses though. A few Leucojum bulbs are poking up behind them on the left. They bloom quite a bit later.

 

5. And now the iris reticulata are adding colour! Helps to combat the gloom. (This is a cheat. They are still in pots and have not yet been planted in the garden. Maybe this weekend?)

 

6. A few of the hellebores are in bloom. They vary in terms of timing, but are always welcome! I need to cut back some of their foliage soon.

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10 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: February 10, 2018

  1. I am so tempted by the irises. I am planning a visit to the garden centre next week and if they have them still I know I shall buy some. I am not sure they will do well in my heavy clay soil so they will probably be transferred to a lovely blue glazed pot that is empty at the moment.

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  2. I wish I could grow a Hamamelis or two but they won’t like my rather limey soil, which also means that, sadly, there aren’t any to admire in the neighbourhood. I always grow the little Iris reticulatamin clay pans. Much easier to admire them!

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  3. You’ve got so much going in your garden this week. Love all the colours, the iris, witch hazel & cyclamen but have to admit, that clematis is just my cat’s meow. Really love that photo. Hope your foot mends soon so you can enjoy your busy month.

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  4. Diane is a wonderful colour. I want to get Hamamelis into the garden here but I have room for only one. I thought I had chosen “the one” but people keep posting photos of theirs and now I can’t make up my mind (except that I have room for only one – that much is certain).

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    1. John, it pays to look around a bit because some varieties of witchhazel tend to keep their old leaves at the same time as they bloom, and that is not an advantage! I was limited by what is available nearby, but all three are doing well. (Pallida, Jelena and Diane.) The fall blooming one never did well for me when I lived in Ontario. Read up on them with Google if you get a chance.

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