DIARY OF A PLANTAHOLIC

GARDEN DIARY FEBRUARY 2015
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FEBRUARY
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THE WEATHER -

A very cold start to the month, with frost by day and night. Light snow overnight on the 2nd, but this didn't last long. A few bright sunny days, but remaining cold until the end of the month, when it began to warm up. Maximum temperature 12°C, minimum -7°C.

RAINDROPS GLISTEN IN THE FEBRUARY SUNSHINE

Although February is often so cold and wet, it also produces lovely effects in the garden, like these raindrops glistening in the sunshine on the red stems of Acer palmatum 'Senkaki', after a heavy downpour. This Acer is on level 2 of the garden, and is such a delight all the year round, from winter time, when its bare stems glow red in the low sunshine, then spring time, when its new leaves burst forth in a cloud of soft yellow, through summer, when the leaves are a deep yellow-green, and autumn when the leaves turn brilliant red and gold before falling to reveal the bright red stems once again.

I couldn't resist photographing this Euphorbia wulfenii, with its soft, furry leaves and purple-tinged centres covered by a myriad of raindrops.

COLOURFUL STEMS OF EUPHORBIA WULFENII GLISTEN LIKE DIAMONDS AFTER THE RAIN
A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

February has been very cold and miserable, but to compensate, there have been some beautiful sunsets! This is a view from the garden, facing west towards the surrounding countryside.

Here's a sight to cheer you up on a cold winter's day! These crocus are part of a big group which are in the border under the window at the front of the house. They are Crocus tommasinianus, and I've had them for years. They never fail to lift my spirits!

CHEERFUL CROCUS BRIGHTEN A WINTER'S DAY

That's all for this month...... Happy Gardening!!

BIRDS SEEN IN OR AROUND THE GARDEN THIS MONTH

Blackbird, Black Cap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crow, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Robin, Rook, Seagull, Sparrow Hawk, Starling, Thrush, Wood Pigeon, Wren.



JANUARY
PLANTS IN FLOWER IN THE GARDEN
Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'
Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca
Cornus mas variegata
Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Corylus maxima purpurea
Crocus speciosus
Crocus tommasinianus
Cyclamen coum
Daphne mezereum
Eranthis hyemalis
Galanthus nivalis
Garrya elliptica
Hamamelis mollis
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida'
Helleborus argutifolius
Helleborus foetidus
Helleborus hybridus
Helleborus niger
Helleborus sternii
Hepatica nobilis
Leucojum vernum
Mahonia japonica
Petasites japonicus var. giganteus ‘Variegatus’
Pulmonaria rubra 'Bowles's Red'
Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka'
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna
Sarcococca humilis
Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
Skimmia japonica 'Fragrant Cloud'
Skimmia japonica 'Kew Green'
Skimmia 'Magic Marlot'
Sollya heterophylla
Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'
Viburnum tinus 'Gwenllian'
Viburnum tinus 'Variegatum'

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POEM OF THE MONTH


A CALENDAR OF SONNETS: FEBRUARY

Helen Hunt Jackson

Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.

These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will.


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