So… I remembered to get few garden views (bonus with early morning sunshine) to join Helen and other Bloggers with an end of the month view or two from my garden.
It’s always tricky to decide which way to do this – do you choose close-up captures or the long views where you don’t get the same detail in planting? I’ve opted for the later for now but may add close-ups when there's more to see other months. After considerable chat on my previous prequel post I think captions would be best – I like the visual record anyway :-)
The garden watching window view – how nice of the Mr Blackbird to pose on the bamboo snow perch when I took my photo! Today saw a frosty morning. Next month the snow shelter bird feeding table will be moved. This border had Hellebores in bud near opening, Snowflakes and Heather in flower and newly planted Snowdrops adjusting to cold roots.
The walk-way view – to show the wildlife pond view from the stone dyke side. The grass mounds are seen this way – I need to tweak them yet. The garnet Acer on the left will make its presence known in a couple of months as will the golden sedge grass. I can’t wait to see who will eventually visit here when there is a pool of water!
The pergola to new wildlife pond view – yes, there is no pond there yet (coming soon) and yes this photo was taken on JAN31 for last month’s EOMV. But this view will make the hard work ahead appreciated. I’ve lots of ideas for here but stopping hedgehogs from drowning is my highest priority.
The taking in the washing view – I’m loving this area now. This is also the wildlife pond to hedgehog feeding station view and the summer garden table view (at present has outside guinea pig hutch stored under here until April). Can you see the opening to the left of the grasses? That is where the hedgehogs come in to feed at night (birds that learn food is here during the day too). I love the height aspect here to see and photograph the plants.
The extra special February views – outside and inside the feeding station for hedgehogs (known as Hedgehog Manor) that has and IR camera in it. Even though the nights are cold I’m putting food and water here for any hedgehogs that are coming out of hibernation. March 2nd was our 1st sighting last year. The outside shot was taken last summer but shows location on right. Yay… we have had a Blue tit Roosting in our camera nestbox all winter and I watched it come in tonight at just after 5.30pm :-)
Finally, the absolute best view for February (for me only I know) is a page on my YouTube Channel that shows ‘no videos were found’ on private uploads!! It has taken an incredible amount of time and concentration in locating missing videos (many without dates) within my blogs, making them public and updating and embedding them into posts all over again. I’ll take a guess that subscribers to my channel will be getting fed up of emails for the 124 videos I've worked my way through. It’s finally done… woop woop!! On the up side, it’s been another great trip down memory lane to see all the old nestbox footage again. If you are new to my blog and missed the nestbox posts just follow the link to my channel as the old stuff has been listed as new uploads. You’ll find links to the posts the videos appeared too (I added these links during my embedding – they helped me keep track of the videos when I located where they were in my blogs). This was a beast to do!!
Before I wish you a great weekend and suggest you might consider joining in with EOMV’s too (it’s a great garden record and everyone loves to see garden views) I’d like to point you in the direction of Veg Plotting and her post on Chelsea Sneak Preview: What's Your Plant of the Centenary? What would yours be? If you’d like to think about it - Wednesday, 6th of March is the date other bloggers will be putting up their posts. Sounds fun to me :-D
Have a great weekend – I’ll have my camera’s running again. I wonder who will visit? Oh… I forgot to say… EXCITING NEWS… last Friday a bird on my garden wish list arrived in my garden… this time I couldn’t reach my camera in time. What was it? A stunning male Bullfinch which was feeding right outside my garden watch window... I could only look… still a brilliant sighting :-D
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in February 2013.