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First Day of March Garden

I hate the cold most severely so I hardly go out into the garden until about now to survey the damage to plants I failed to protect and note the signs of new growth that give encouragement for the new gardening year.  So I emerged from my cocoon today, grabbed my trusty S8100fs and looked for signs of Spring. Here's what I found, in no particular order, except possibly alphabetical.

Aucuba bush - 0ne of the first things planted 35 years ago - survives shade and drought and pushes out new growing tips in the Spring.

Buddleja - almost impossible to kill these (although I have managed it): it will need to be pruned back soon.

A low-growing Comfrey (Stickbone, among other names), good ground cover, early flowering and loved by bees, and adds quality to compost.

Yellow crocus,

and a purple one. I have never succeeded in growing decent clumps of these but I love what I get.

Flowering Currant - way ahead of all my other shrubs in flowering.

Mini-daff and a clump of this little white flower whose name I will have to add later.

One of our dwarf hebes - has such colourful new leaves.

I have observed in other blogs that our garden gets very dry and has a lot of shade. These pretty Heucheras are very useful for these conditions and I look forward to them spreading out.

The mystifyingly named Ipheion - usually in clumps but they were spread about last Autumn. They show signs of insect activity - possibly ants or bees?

The very useful early flowering Lamium (dead nettle) an early provider for the bees and excellent ground cover. Pretty, too. There are several varieties with different leaf patterns.

Primroses in a tub....

...a close-up of another one.

Primula, also in a tub.

Ditto. I try to keep as many of these as possible over the summer by a side path to ease the expense of buying new each year.

Dwarf Privet - finely detailed leaves.

Common or garden Snowdrops. I haven't got any of the £700-a-corm ones!

Spiraea - shrub in a tub, as it doesn't like the garden soil at all. What a lovely delicate colour the new leaves are.

White Vinca (Periwinkle) - more normally seen as purple, I think, but I nicked some cuttings of this one spreading under a fence. Good ground cover.

Violas in a tub - slow to get started this year.

Added later - missed off: Pulmonaria (Lungwort) - pretty flowers over spotted leaves.

A corner of the conservatory - Geranium cuttings.

OK, not exactly a garden plant! But yesterday I saw a pair of these definitely showing signs of Spring! - either two males fighting or a female playing very hard to get.

Likewise these chaps/esses have been chasing each other round the proverbial mulberry bushes of late!

Lastly, and nothing whatever to do with spring but I'm chuffed with the photo and want to show it off - a Sparrow Hawk on my fence several days ago full of one of my starlings.

Thank you for getting this far.  These little signs of a new growing season do manage to cast off the winter woes in my house - I hope they do in yours. Happy gardens!

Best regards,

Steve (not forgetting the Chief Designer, of course)

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 18:04
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Loving your garden so far steve.

Cant wait to see it in the summer Smile

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 18:22
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Well, I am glad you finally ventured out and explored your garden! Looks like everything is coming along quite well. Weatherwise, England is further along that we are - not much of anything, probably another 6 weeks yet for us. Great photos which give me hope that spring will be here shortly! We do have birds flitting about in pairs and have a Cooper's Hawk looking for prey in the ravine beside our home. Congrats on your Sparrow Hawk photo, it is wonderful. Perhaps he will be back to torment your birds! Thanks for sharing your blog and brightening my day!

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 18:44
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Well done Steve, a colourful and informative blog,a big like from me.

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 19:45
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Hi Steve

Well already some nice colour out there in your garden.  It's coming on very well, a lot better than my own.  Mind you, I think you always have a couple of weeks head start on us up here in North Wales.

Thanks for finishing off with the birdie shots,  that Sparrowhawk is a cracker.  I hope you are all warmed up now Steve and that life is treating you well.

All the best and thanks.

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 20:10
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Some great shots of the colour in your garden. Like it.

Ray

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 20:34
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Fantastic Sparrow Hawk Smile

 

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 22:04
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Nice blog, some great colour and macro, thanks for sharing.

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 22:42
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Hi Steve

Good blog.  It is good to see the colours and shoots starting to appear again.  With a bit of luck, winter is almost over and Spring has surely sprung.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

Jim

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Date Thu, 01/03/2012 - 22:52
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Nice one Steve.You have a great selection of plants in your garden,it must be a cracking spot in summer.Love gardening myself but only have one the size of a postage stamp .All the best and well done.

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Date Fri, 02/03/2012 - 03:55
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What a nice garden you've there! Enjoy looking at the colourful flowers & birds. Will you be shooting the insects next? Thanks for sharing. A big LIKE from me Smile

 

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Date Fri, 02/03/2012 - 07:42
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 That's cheered me up Steve. Only a few Daffs out here with us although we did have Primroses untill the heavy frost. Hopefully they will come back. That's a great shot of the Sparrow Hawk that expresion on his face. He looks well pleased. Thanks for posting your blog.

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Date Fri, 02/03/2012 - 08:10
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Nice one plenty of photo's and colour and narrative I think that is what is known as a blog, like it from me, thank for putting in the effort nice one.regards Leon.

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Date Fri, 02/03/2012 - 09:35
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 Morning Steve. What a lovely photoblog full of the joys of Spring bursting into life. A sure sign the better weather is coming. Beautiful colours and compositions. I look forward to seeing your Summer petals in full bloom. Thanks for sharing Smile

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Date Fri, 02/03/2012 - 12:30
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Your garden appears to be well advanced compared to mine.  Nice photographs and some hsuggestion of things to come in Spring.

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Date Fri, 02/03/2012 - 17:33
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A really delightful blog Steve. I wish my garden was looking that good. That sparrow hawk looks well content. Thanks for posting.

 

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Date Fri, 02/03/2012 - 23:09
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Thank you Steve for sharing your garden, loverly colours Smile

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Date Sat, 03/03/2012 - 00:18
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love the last to shots steve, i find it so difficult to get a clear image, like these, well done

 

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Date Tue, 06/03/2012 - 21:35
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Steve,....just saw this mate,...Brill !!!...glad your out in the garden instead of snapping through the window...lol. I don't like what the sparrow hawk does...but I love your picture of him ! Fab Shots you got of the Sparrow Hawk.

Great to read that you know summ't about your garden flowers, I can tell you've been doing that for a wee while...Well Done That Man !

I enjoyed our stroll round your garden mate ! Hope we can do it again soon...maybe when spring has actually sprung...anyhoooo.....Thanks for posting this one Steve !

All he Best.....Ian....ps...liked it matey !

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Date Fri, 16/03/2012 - 16:46
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 Beautiful.Loved Viola colours.

This time will pass.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 20:40
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Wow some great cheery colours captured in your garden.....comfrey, crocus and violas! pricless the sparrowhalk...shame about the starling...such is nature....wonderful and informative..thanks for sharing..

live to love love to live!

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 09:22
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Such a wonderful blog Steve, I envy you and your garden. Such a wonderful array of colour, especially at this time of the yr.   I have been away and am now trying to catch up with the blogs, I am glad I found yours, such a cheery sight.

Thank you for sharing your garden with us, I have really enjoyed it, Mine isnt looking very good right now.

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 14:59
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nice capture of the awakening of nature

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Date Sun, 08/04/2012 - 19:47
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Hi Steve missed this one good coulourful blog like the sparrow hawk Martin

Allways be prepaired you never know what shots around the corner

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Date Tue, 17/04/2012 - 11:16
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Hi Steve I am sorry too that I have missed this Blog the macro"s I think are brilliant and that Sparrow Hawk you have done well. Steve a super photoblog and many thanks for posting best wishes BoB.P/S Perhaps you could have a peek at my first Blog of 2012 thanks .

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Date Thu, 19/04/2012 - 22:54
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Nice set of pictures, you certainly seem to know your plants, & great shot of the sparrow hawk, well done & thanks for sharing...Paul.

 

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