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It's going to be a quick one this week.  I've been busy primping and preening ready for the village open gardens on Sunday and I've not left myself much time to write this post.  After weeks of trying to squeeze extra things into my allotted six, I'm now going to have to be brief.  Ironic, no? Numbers one to four are the Long Border.  I've written about it before, and how I based it on Gertrude Jekyll's design for her garden at Munstead Wood.  She trained as an artist before she turned to gardening and was au fait with the latest colour theories.  She designed these borders to start with white and blue.......... Snapdragon, Delphiniums, Rue and Aruncus moving from pale to deeper yellow... Coreopsis, Achillea and Monarda Then it's on to the reds and oranges... Lychnis, Nasturtiums, Lilies before returning to yellow and then blue. Agapanthus, Clematis, Anthemis My number five spot goes to these tomatoes.  I may have found the answer to our Six on Saturday comp


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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