Feb 022018
 

Above plants of interest for February in the order that they appear: Eranthis hyemalis, Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘nigrescens’, Helleborus argrutifolius, Asplenium scolopendrium

 

It’s been quite a sunny, windy week. The winter aconites are out and the snowdrops have started. We’re still busy resetting edges in preparation for the growing season. Borders have been edged with the half moon and closely cropped with shears. We’ve also used up our ready leaf mould as a mulch on the Eastern herbaceous border.

Outside the walls, most of the new growth from the Rhododendron ponticum has been cut to prevent it seeding and spreading. If we don’t keep it in check there is more chance that it’ll form a dense understorey at the expense of other plants beneficial to wildlife.

We took part in the Big Garden Bird Watch. Feeders filled and Fat balls made then hung from trees or put into wooden feeders. We watched birds from the cabin and walked around the wall perimeter. We saw dunnock, sparrows, blackbirds, blue tits, coal tits, wood pigeons, robins, magpies, guls, crows and more.

Alasdair

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