Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Around the garden on this last day of February in 2018














 During the last few days many parts of this country have received snow carried over by a reverse Jet Stream from Russia, but not as much as predicted by the weathermen.  However, it appears to have totally ignored us - this is the sunny aspect from our front porch today along with lovely blue skies, but in the shadows there is a bitter chill in the air.

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  1. It's spring for you. Joy to look at spring flowers. We're cold and it's big. Spring is not visible. Regards.

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    1. Spring fills later this year here too, but still quite a few flowers are popping up in my garden.

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  2. What a lovely sight from your front porch of so many gorgeous spring blooms. They were so lucky not to have been damaged or covered in snow. I hope this blast of cold doesn't ruin your spring. I have seen it happen here many times. Tulip, Bradford pear trees and all sort of flowers in full bloom, only to have winter have one more last say and destroy it all.

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    1. Most of these flowers are very hardy Catherine and can withstand the cold - like you my worst fear is eventually when the fruit trees blossom it is devastating should we have a late frost.

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    1. At the moment,for me, it is the helabores that catch my eye.

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  4. So beautiful. I hope the cold doesn't come and wipe them out

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    1. With luck they will be alright, most of them are pretty tough little plants.

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  5. Hello Rosemary, Your photos prove that the sun still exists-- over here, I was beginning to think that perhaps it had burned itself out or something like that. Actually, Spring is well on its way in Taiwan--just the other day I was walking through a park that was filled with blooming azaleas.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - we have had some really wonderful sunny days, but these have then been followed by grey ones, so I know exactly what you mean. Given a few more weeks, and even longer lighter days, is just the tonic that is needed.

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  6. Such beautiful flowers in your late Feb. garden Rosemary - thanks so much for sharing - and I'm enjoying seeing your wonderful stacked stone wall, pavers, boxwoods and planters - all so elegant.

    Hugs - Mary

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    1. We had a wonderful dry stone waller who spent two years in the garden when we first moved here over 20 years ago. They are a continual pleasure for us, and a lasting testament to all the hard work that he carried out.

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  7. Dear Rosemary,
    Oh my! What beauty abounds in your garden. Your hedges look so fabulous again. And the dark purple Hellebore photo took my breath away.

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    1. Dear Gina - we thank our lucky stars that our box hedges have regenerated themselves again - I love the dark Hellebores too, I seem to recall that its name is 'black swan'.

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  8. How lovely to see your early Spring blooms. Soon there will be colour everywhere. Love your collages.

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    1. You are right Betty - soon there will be no stopping Mother Nature - we now need some green on the trees and on the deciduous hegerows.

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  9. Your spring flowers look wonderful. We too haven't seen any snow yet but the flowers in the garden are all drooping and looking sad, they don't seem to appreciate the cold either! Sarah x

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    1. Sometimes they do look a bit droopy first thing in the morning, but see to pick up again once the sun appears.
      I have no idea how we have managed to escape the snow, according to the TV it appears to be everywhere from Cornwall up to Scotland.

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  10. Oh gosh, it does look like Spring with you. Tomorrow is our day for snow apparently. And a ‘brutal’ wind. I have decided to hibernate.

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    1. May be that will be the same with us - I have just looked out into the darkness but nothing is falling so far. It is very cold though so hibernating sounds perfect to me.

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  11. Dear Rosemary,
    your flowers look so beautiful! Seems like spring has arrived in your garden! I wished that we also had some nice sunny weather here in Vienna. November, December and January seemed so promising, really mild temperatures and I was so sure spring would come soon. However, I was mistaken, we have been having snow and very cold temperatures for weeks now. My cyclamen, hellebores and snowdrops are covered by snow and I can´t enjoy their flowers.
    Best wishes,
    Lisa

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    1. Dear Lisa - we have only had one heavy snowfall this winter here and that was before Christmas. There is snow in the rest of our country now, but so far it has avoided our little corner of the world.

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  12. Your sunny garden and beautiful flowers are a delight. We have snow here :-(

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    1. Unbelieveably the snow is still missing from here. However, we are on the edge of a 'red warning' I wonder if it will hit us later.

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  13. Your Spring flowers are always a delight, and so pretty to see Rosemary. Much as I love to look at snow, I think I'd take the flowers if there was a choice. I was imagining England covered in thick snow from the news reports, but as you say it is not always as predicted.

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    1. The weather is so unpredicable Patricia.
      I too like the look of the first snows, the world looks so pretty all of a sudden, but just as quickly I like it to say goodbye.
      Here there are amber warnings and red warnings across the country, but so far we are still without snow - how strange is that!

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  14. I am surprised by the number of flowers so early. It still looks like winter here....Beautiful shots.

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    1. There perhaps appears to be more flowers because I have collected them together and shown them 'en masse'. However, it is surprising just how many different varities are in flower at the moment.

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  15. Such beautiful hellebores. I think they are such elegant looking flowers. The snow event has made our weather news here, and I'm glad to hear that you're escaping the most of it.

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    1. Yes, I keep looking at the weather reports here and wondering just what is going on. Today we are on the edge of a red weather warning, and I am thinking should we go to the cinema this morning or not? I am also due to have a hair cut this afternoon. At the moment there is still nothing here apart from the odd snow flake drifting down.

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  16. Lovely, especially the hellebores.

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    1. There are some lovely Hellebores available to plant today.

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  17. The snow has finally found us after I thought we'd escaped here in London. I'm sick of it already. I hope it stays away from you - your lovely plants look quite perfect, as usual. I have grown to like winter roses in recent years. At one time I hated them but now I really appreciate their beauty when everything else seems intimidated by the snow!

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    1. It doesn't take me long to get fed up with snow either. Waking up to the first snowfall is lovely, but then I want it to go.
      Hellebores are quite magical in the way that they emerge from the winter soil with their sturdy stems and glossy leaves, and then open up their detailed faces with so many different colours.

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  18. Hi Rosemary, just FYI, my post on the Tarot Soul Card #1 (the Magician) was posted last week on Fri Feb 23.

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  19. Looks like an exotic tropical kingdom down there. Woke to find four foot snowdrifts against my front door, buses and trains not running past two days, roads, even the main ones, too risky to attempt to drive on without an off roader or a private snowplough. What a difference a week makes in the UK :o)

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    1. We have some snow now Bob but nothing like you - just a very light covering of the white stuff. It is very strange snow - it swirls around and does not compact together. We were on the edge of a red weather warning but again it has missed us out.

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  20. Dearest Rosemary,
    Wow, it might be bitter cold in the shadows but with these magazine worthy photos you warm my heart!
    How rich your soil looks and how perfect all those spring bulbs and others show up.
    Thanks for sharing this beauty!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  21. Just beautiful Rosemary..your Buxas is looking good :)

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    1. Can't believe just how fortunate we have been that the Buxus has regenerated itself again. It forms a very important structural balance to our garden.

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  22. Your garden is a stunner, surely the 'product' of many years of loving care . I had the same wonderful surprise from some of my Buxus . They just recovered after having cut away dry and dead stems and even though the whole plants looked condemned .

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    1. I am so pleased about that Jane - Buxus takes so much time and care to get it to grow in globe shapes etc but I like you was really surprised that it recovered.

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  23. Hello, Rosemary. Looks like changes are under way to spring in the chill air but the stronger sunlight. Hellebores at last bloomed in my garden this week about three weeks later than usual. The weather pattern of this winter doesn’t happen often. I saw a news what Siberia cold wave brought in Europe. Your front porch is so lovely as well as all the flowers in the photos.

    Yoko

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    1. Hello Yoko - it is true that much of our country was like Siberia for a few days but by Sunday most of the snow had gone on it's merry way. We caught very little of it here, although it was bitterly cold.

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  24. Dear Rosemary,

    Your garden is so beautiful with all the gorgeous flowers blooming and colours and love your boxwood hedges and stone wall and pavers. I thought of you when we have been watching the news of how the snow has affected many parts of England.
    Happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. That was very kind of you Carolyn - we got off lightly here. We even managed to go down the valley to our local town and watch the film Murder on the Orient Express. The train and it's interiors reminded me of the trip you showed us recently.

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  25. So much colour in your garden. There are only the tips of bulbs showing in mine.

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    1. I was surprised at just what was flowering in the garden although everything is much later this year.

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  26. It looks wonderful, Rosemary - so much more colourful than our patch (I'd keep quiet about the good weather, if I were you :-) )

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    1. Too late Mike - the snow did arrive on Thursday, but not very much, and didnt last long. This afternoon cold and rain, the winter seems to be going on for far too long.

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