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 Temperatures are expected to get into the 30s again today but this morning I’ve been for a walk around the garden and it felt lovely and fresh and cool with a little mist in the air. I hope the plants have also benefited from this respite from the heat.  This is a view of the shady end of the rose garden looking towards the oak tree and the rhododendron borders it’s looking a bit autumnal   The persicaria is flowering. It’s a bit of a thug and wood happily make a move to take over the whole border but I keep a close eye on it and make sure it behaves itself.  I bought it from a NGS garden as ‘son of firetail’. They certainly had plenty of it for sake.  The roses have started to repeat flower. This is Margaret Merril just opening and looking much more like Champagne Moment.  Now back to reality with a bit of a bump. Those rhododendrons under the oak tree are suffering. I would guess they have been there since the 1970s at least and could be older. They don’t like this weather and have


It's been quite a week weather wise, with more storms expected this weekend.  The gale  force winds did not leave us unscathed., and after that came the snow.  All in all, opportunities for getting out in the garden were very limited.

1. Hawthorn

On Sunday morning we woke up to find a Hawthorn tree from the field next door had blown down and completely blocked the drive.  Thankfully the local farmers were straight round to rescue us and had the tree cut up and lifted away in next to no time.  

2. Snow

The snow came as a bit of a surprise. I  had already retreated indoors out of the wind, and was tucked up snugly with a good book when it started coming down in huge soft flakes.  Magical.  

3. Back door pots

There was time to do a few things outside this week.  I moved these standard Ilex into pots either side of the window to beef up the display round the back door (the door we and all our visitors use - this being the countryside).  It's nice to have something seasonal here as I pass these pots several times a day.

One thing that strikes me though, is that despite these pots being pretty big in real life, they look rather small in the photograph.

3.  February Gold

The first Narcissus February Gold has opened it's flowers.  I haven't grown this variety before.  I chose it because it was an early variety and there's not much in flower this time of year.  It's also rather delicate looking, which I prefer as it makes it look more natural threaded through the snowdrops under the trees.

4 Early Spring Border

These tulips are aptly named 'Tulip The First'.  They are mixed in with snowdrops and Hellebores in this border for early Spring which was planted in 2016.  There were a few signs of them two weeks ago, and they are now sufficiently open to make a worthwhile photograph.   Many of the other bulbs that originally made up this border have dwindled and disappeared, such as the Crocus and Iris Reticulata.   'The First' has proved to be reliable though, and makes a pretty show despite having been nibbled here and there.

5.  Day Lilies

The fresh bright foliage of day lilies is one of the first perennials to appear in our garden.  How fast things seem to be growing and developing now.

6. Sunshine and Snowdrops

Despite the wind, rain and snow, the weather gods had time to send us a little sunshine too.  

That's all from my garden this week.   If you'd like to hear from other gardeners about what's happening in their gardens, then visit The Propagator, who kindly hosts Six on Saturday.


  1. I saw that it has snowed in UK in recent days thanks to Twitter.
    Here we have not had a single snowflake and besides there has not been a single winter. I think it will be an exceptional mild year.

    1. It's been so mild here really. I think that's why the snow seemed so unexpected.

  2. The first Tulips of the year! Hooray for you! LOVE the snow photo!

    1. Thanks for your kind comment. I think our snow was probably very tame compared to what you usually get.

  3. Wow,Tulips! Those are doing really well aren't they! I love them, but it is way too hot for them here. I may have to resort to buying a faux bunch and put them in a pot in the house! Some of the faux look so real and others not so much!

    1. Your climate must be very different to here, but I'm sure it has its advantages too. As I write this I'm wrapped up in a blanket/shawl to keep warm.

  4. Amazing, early tulips! Lovely Six-on-Saturday.

    1. Thank you. I think the tulips might be a month earlier than usual, but my garden notes aren't detailed enough to be sure.

  5. I just love your snowdrop walk. It looks so enticing.

  6. Tulips! I'm excited about the tulips this year, very much looking forward to them.

  7. Tulips look early too.


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