As usual I have a few photos taken during this last month that wouldn’t make a post by themselves, but by putting them together they make a mixed bag for February. I’ll start with a couple of sunrises, they have been spectacular this month, but you have to be up early to catch them.
This looked a really angry sky when I first parted the curtains, but it was followed by a lovely cold but sunny day.
Stay in bed too long and you miss it!
The undergardener had to make do with looking at my photos, he was always sound asleep when I got up!
Did I say the other day, that I hadn’t heard the pheasant on the field? I still haven’t heard him, but I see him now that he is coming every day to the bird feeder to see what the other birds have dropped. Sorry about the reflections but I had to photograph him through the back door.
He looks so handsome standing in the sunlight, the colours of his feathers are so beautiful, they glow like a stained glass window.
Two of our wood pigeons took exception to the pheasant eating the food that other birds had dropped and repeatedly dive bombed him until eventually he wandered away. He is a handsome bird but I hope he leaves my snakeshead fritillaries alone this year. The first buds are already there in the woodland and the pheasants are very partial to fritillary buds!
My first Hippeastrum, Black Pearl did get darker and darker before it finally faded away, I’m now waiting for the 2nd flower stalk to grow to flowering height. My second Hippeastrum, Purple Rain is now flowering, but the reason for its name is eluding me, so far I can’t see any of the colour purple!
The snowdrops in the bed by the front drive are increasing each year. I moved some wild ones and some Galanthus Atkinsii here about 5 years ago and they are doing well.
There are also narcissus which will flower later and primroses which are left to seed around further back in the border.
All the silver birches planted in the border between the red stemmed Cornus contrast with each other, the white of the bark links in with the white of the snowdrops and I hope make a nice picture through the winter months. The icing on the cake is when all the snowdrops are in flower at their feet. As soon as the snowdrops are over, it is time for the chop and all the Cornus stems will be coppiced so that we will then have the bright red colour next winter.
This last week has been very cold but dry, thank goodness, so work has been going on at a frantic rate, trying to beat the next lot of rain which is coming across the Atlantic! There is so much work to do with not being able to get onto the garden for so long as it was so boggy, at the moment I feel there aren’t enough hours in the day, do you feel the same?