Five years ago Carol at May Dreams Gardens invited Garden Bloggers to join her in posting the blooms in our gardens on the 15th of the month. Today she is still hosting this very popular Meme which has brought so many like-minded people together. Carol, our thanks go to you for another successful year :-)
Gardeners of all kinds and from many countries have since met, shared plants, seeds, tips and garden visits. Many friendships have been struck and many more meetings will take place in the future, of that I am certain.
Although, in the main, I am seen as a bird and wildlife blogger I do feel very much part of the garden blogging world too and have enjoyed many exchanges and chat with my fellow garden bloggers. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks to you all for your continued friendship :-)
February 2011 is much like February 2010 in my Scottish Garden. After another very cold and prolonged snow spell (from Novemeber to January) it is behind in blooms from 2009.
In 2009, the Crocus was fully out as were snowdrops. You’ll see their slower growth for 2011 in the second montage below. No Crocus colour yet and only one Snowdrop bell which hasn’t opened yet.
Wisteria flowers suffered last year too. We had noticeably fewer. Perhaps it was the cold that hit them too. I can’t be certain of that. However, the montage above shows (pic on right) that frost/cold has hit the stems and you can see that the flower buds there are less plump and look weaker.
A second pruning is due on my Wisteria which will take the stems back to two sets of buds (always a shame to cut away healthy looking ones) so at this stage the weaker ones will go. Although, I only had a quick look around with my camera today and maybe other stems will need to be cut away completely if there is too much die back.
This morning saw a frosty start and by the time I went out with my camera many leaves (like the Hellebore above) were looking like it had been raining. I was delighted to see flower buds with them today.
However, on the main, my Perthshire Garden is still in a relatively sleepy state. Many plants looked like they were beginning their Spring growth after the snow finally cleared only to be teasing us and showing no hurry now.
In the absence of colourful blooms, the montage below shows the many textures of the garden at the moment. It also shows an oily surface on my small rock pool pond telling me there are leaves decomposing at the bottom. I need to get my net out there and do some fishing :-)
The final image from my garden today is probably one that is common in many gardens throughout the world at this time of year. The corner collection of mixed plants, potted up waiting to be tipped out and planted in the garden. Ah… I’m getting itchy feet looking at them tonight :-)
In celebration of five years of Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I felt some colour was in order. Purple Iris with yellow Roses caught my eye in the supermarket yesterday and here we have (very quickly thrown together tonight) an arrangement at my front door that we can enjoy for the moment.
Now… this arrangement then got me remembering some yellow summer colour blooms, bees and butterflies on a garden visit last July. I wonder if anyone recognises where this was. I’ve been selecting and cropping many more images from this visit which will be coming soon.
Being absolutely honest, I’m never in a hurry for summer when we are in February. There is a part of me that is quite happy with the slower pace of the garden just now. It won’t last much longer I know, but it is a great time to start planning in ernest for the garden year ahead.
Wishing everyone (especially those taking part in GBBD) a great gardening year ahead! I’m off visiting now to see what’s going on in your gardens in February 2011. I'm heading over to Carol’s post where you can see them all there too :-)