As January ended in light snow, February began with a thick covering, approx 8cms! Now the weather forecasters hadn’t predicted that much, so I was very pleased I moved all the pots into the glasshouse!
February 8th – The first batch of daffodils planted are now doing really well and have been joined by the crocus’ which were put in pots. In the raised bed the snowdrops are in full flower and the hellebore that no-one has ever seen flower is showing nicely 🙂
February 15th – more plants are starting to emerge in the ‘woodland’ area, snowdrops, cuckoo pint, what I think are bluebells, the crocus’ I planted and also the first lesser celandine I have seen this year. Its the part of the garden which has received the least attention and it seems to be happily developing on its own. The buds on the goat willow tree are beginning to open.
February 17th – my sweet william’s need potting on again so today for the first time I made some newspaper pots! They are so easy to make and seem to function well enough. I have only made 15 so far as I want to see how well they are doing in a couple of weeks time before I make more and pot the rest of the plants on.
February 19th – I had a short window of light after work today so I pruned the climbing rose on the right hand side of the shed. I still need to get more wire attached to the wall but the rose is ready to be attached once it is done.
February 22nd – I had today off of work with the sole purpose of cutting back the hawthorn hedge.
Now I would have just taken a bit off of the top but two out of the three people that live there wanted it cut down to the top of the fence! I didn’t get the whole of the hedge finished as I needed some assistance cutting the thicker branches with loppers, as the loppers kept breaking! What I did manage to achieve was saving the hedge from being hacked off with a chainsaw and cut to the same height as last year. I have cut the tallest branches to a few inches higher than last year, cut the thinner branches back to bud points and managed to save the side of the hedge which faces the field from being cut at all! – normally it gets hacked away so the top of the hedge can be reached! I do however think the best option for the hedge is for it to be layed. It has been cut back so much that the main growth doesn’t actually start until about 3-4 foot up the main trunk. I am hoping that it thickens this year but I’m not holding out too much hope 🙁
While having a break from cutting the hedge I noticed flowers starting to open on the Lily of the Valley bush, just in time for some of the insects who have started to appear in the garden.
February 24th – today I ordered my wildflower seeds from Emorsgate Seeds 🙂
February 26th – tonight we put up another nest box, hopefully they will like the location – the guttering needs fixing and a water butt fitting to it!