More iced muffins anyone?

Talk about deja vous! This snow is easily as deep as the first lot, but this time it is sticking on all the branches and twigs whereas last time it was very dry and blew into drifts with the gales that we had at the same time. There was just a sprinkling when it was time for me to go to church, but by the time we left all our cars in the car park were covered! I got safely home but really it was a blizzard and this is where I intend to stay until it stops, the sooner the better. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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March Medley. GBBD 2018.

Our cold spell put the brakes on our early bulbs, one minute they were flowering merrily with lots of buds to come, but they seem to have been put into the pending file until the weather warms up again. Narcissus are definitely behind last year, with only a few flowering so far. As usual, I will take you for a walk round the garden, starting with the chaenomeles outside the back door.

March frost. snow and ice finished off all the flowers that were out at the time, but now more buds have opened and the bush is looking good again.

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Skiing while waxing lyrical.

No, not that sort of skiing, not with my arthritis and muscle problems! Spending the Kids Inheritance sort of skiing. I have had an idea to make a new path in the woodland, the other side of the ancient trees in the centre, and of course then I will need some more plants to line the new path. Not wanting to miss an opportunity, I sent for a few more snowdrops and yes, they did cost quite a bit, but more of that later.

All beautifully wrapped .

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What a difference a day makes!

I am amazed, the past few days have been the depths of winter, today it is bright sunshine, the birds are singing once more, the temperature is up to 10 C and the flowers are fine, definitely spring time!

I was so surprised to see the hellebores standing up again after 4 days smothered by snow.

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When Emma meets The Beast from the East!

When the storm coming north from Portugal, that has been named Emma, met the mass of cold air from Siberia, which was called The Beast from the East, we all knew we were in for a bad few days. They met in the English Channel so the south coast of England got the worst of this lot, before it moved northwards, on Thursday.

My box balls look like iced buns.

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Stunning Sunrise.

When filling the bird feeders this morning at 7.30am, I looked up and this is what I saw…..

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Hellebores for the bees.

At this time of year the snowdrops are the main flower in the garden, spreading nicely under all the trees and shrubs. But they are not in the garden by themselves,  forming splashes of colour amongst them are the hellebores and other early flowers. Over the years I have managed to collect quite a few, and lost a few I might add, and they certainly add their charm to the February garden. Standing proudly tall, except when it is frosty, when they then collapse onto the soil,  once the temperature rises, up they stand again with their flowers full of pollen, ready for any passing bee that might be out foraging.

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February’s bonanza GBBD.

Normally I take my photos for bloom Day on the previous day, but yesterday we had non stop torrential rain of biblical proportions, I was almost ordering my ark! Thank goodness today is dry and sunny so I was able to get out to find my flowers, even though the ground was very squelchy! Would you like to come for a walk with me and see what we can find.

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Just a sprinkling.

When I woke up this morning, I was very surprised to find that it was white everywhere. Just a sprinkling, but very crisp, we must have had a hard frost after the snow had finished. Snowdrops and hellebores had collapsed and were lying on the ground, but now 5 hours later, the sun is shining, the grass is green once more and the flowers have recovered. Here are a few photos to show that we did actually have some snow, even though it didn’t last very long.

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A Bit of Retail Therapy.

Having got my gardening mojo back at last, I felt the need of a bit of retail therapy!  I took myself off to my local garden centre, Otter Nurseries, to see what they had on offer and found lots of goodies to tempt me, in fact I was spoilt for choice.

This is what came home with me, a gorgeous camellia, 2 lovely hellebores and 3 very pretty hybrid primroses.

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