Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 2016 garden diary

Hellebores – their bright and varied colours, both deep and pastel shades, have warmed our hearts throughout this dreary month
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Lambs Ears Stachys byzantina – not looking quite so furry on a cold, damp morning
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Light frost
light frost

Raking out the moss – then feed the grass in April and May to get a good sward in the summer …
moss

Tom Thumb miniature daffodils
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Snowdrops
snowdrops

Visitor … Green Woodpecker – long, thick beak that it drives hard into the ground and seems to probe around (maybe with its tongue?); sometimes hangs about for more than an hour, slowly moving across the lawn; interesting to look at the holes it’s made after it flies off! Lesser Spotted Woodpecker also comes now and again but less frequently (do you want to say it or shall I? Ok, it’s spotted less often …)
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Tulips

Scandal!

Tell-tale leaves rustling their rumour of
Budding embarrassment –
tulip5 pinkish flower heads –
to the whispering wind, while

Haughty,
The serene and silent clouds in white crowds
Aloof take no note as –
with some conviction –
Spring stresses its presence:
hot-lipped, cool-sipping soil
eases out a tulip tip through
what was lately frost and frosted
till the

Scandal …

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