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My garden in pictures February

Daffodil Tete a Tete, February 19
Daffodil Tete a Tete, February 19

Blog: Documenting a month of storms and sunshine

Although it has been the wettest February on record with storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge causing horrendous damage and flooding, we have been extremely lucky.

Yes, it’s been wetter than usual, but I live in a relatively dry area of the country, so the garden has coped. Living halfway up a hill at an altitude of 114m helps, too.

We had our first lying snow of the winter on the 24th – not that it lasted past lunchtime (but it was an excuse to go to the pub)!

On the other hand, we’ve had quite a few cold but sunny days when the conservatory temperatures have shot up, only to plummet on frosty nights.

Stars of the show outside and peeking through…

The general mildness of the winter shows in blood plum Lizzie, starting to bloom on February 19. Two years ago, after the Beast from the East, she didn’t reach that stage until April 8!

In flower, Daffodil Tete a Tete, hellebores, Vinca major and Chaenomeles japonica are all going strong. Echium pininana looks to be in growth – don’t try to flower yet!

Poking through in earnest are all the tulips bought (and planted) late in a sale and the garlic.

In the conservatory

I’ve spent the last 10 days plugging away at that first big task of the year – cleaning up the overwintering plants, repotting and top-dressing – more on that here. Cannas are certainly multiplying like crazy – there are more than a dozen now, all from one original purple-leaved plant.

Outside – the new border

Now the main plants are in (magnolia, acer, two more Desdemona roses), I need to find the time and a decent spell of weather to get in the understorey of plants.

I have them – ferns, Ajuga (bugle) Catlins Giant, Astrantia Claret and Brunnera Looking Glass – for more on this read my previous post.

The Monster from the Black Lagoon awakes…

…Or rather, the ornamental rhubarb (Rheum palmatum), recently moved from the long border into the tropical bed. An eye opens…

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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