February was quite a different story. Just as it looked like we were heading into a ridiculously early spring, winter arrived.
Snow, ice and night time temperatures of -5c and -7c to match.
All change please.
Gone are the pelargoniums, cyclamen and even the nasturtiums which I was starting to believe were indestructible.
But our brave little daffs fought on. Not only have they survived being battered down by inches of snow and frozen in the ice but are standing tall and proud ready to put on a show for St David's Day on 1st March:
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Thanks to them holding out through the frost, we have had something in flower in the garden every day of the year since last February.
Now at the end of February we have had some sun and some warmth.. The Iris reticulata is looking stunning.
Looking at it next to the denuded frost bitten cyclamen one does feel winter is over and Spring is all but here.
Having covered the colourful high lights, its time for a quick tour of the rest of the estate.
After cutting it down to the ground last year the Japanese honeysuckle has reclaimed the wall and is bursting with growth.
...and we wait to see what the pear tree does this year after cropping so well last
The Jasmine has taken a bit of a hit with the frost.
lots of space for planting
The Parsley survived:
Another dead window box waiting to be replanted:
We have a few things waiting to go out and seeds waiting to be sown.
The delphiniums we sowed last year and thought were lost have emerged again. lets hope the slugs don't destroy them completely.
One of our four remaining delphiniums with the oriental poppy
I am so looking froward to seeing the Canterbury bells we sowed last year.
and the Wallflowers too.
The first woodland anemone:
...with more to come
Indoors. the Streptocarpus:
They had a disastrous year last year. We lost one variety but hope we have a cutting of at least one of each of the others, Denim, Ruby, Harlequin, Spirit and Targa.
Fingers crossed for 2012!
Roll on the Spring.