I was going to say I shall be glad to see the back of February and hopefully the cold weather but it appears that it will be staying with us a little longer and I have the prospect of snow on my birthday.
As you would expect the garden hasn’t changed significantly over the last month due to the season but I have done quite a bit of tidying up; mainly of leaves and weeds with a little bit of pruning thrown in for fun. You can just about make out my stripped bamboo canes at the back of the garden in the above picture.
I haven’t got to the point of being able to cut the grass yet despite it shaggy appearance as its either been too wet or too cold – for the gardener not for grass cutting, but the edges have been tidied a couple of times.
This border is on my ‘to tackle’ list this year although I have to admit its a bit down the list mainly as I struggle with it but there is a germ of an idea of how to bring it together at the back of my mind which needs to be explored. Another area is the area you can see in the background of this picture where the compost bins are. Now I get rid of my garden rubbish through the green waste collection service I want to get rid of the compost bins and plant up this area with shrubs and woodland loving plants.
However, before I do that I need to tackle the area at the top of the garden. In the photo above you can just about make out the top path in front of the bamboos and this is going. Well it has almost gone now as this weekend we removed the timber which edges the bottom edge of the path and holds up the back border. We put them in about 9 years ago and they are basically scaffolding boards which unsurprisingly have rotten over the years. I have tried various approaches to this space but they just haven’t worked as I have never been able to visualise it in my mind properly. However , interestingly as we removed the wood supports the penny clicked and I can now see how to plant up the areas with hardy exotics – something I have wanted to incorporate into the garden for some time. I just had to remove the visual constraints of the wood to free up my imagination.
So that is my garden at the end of February. I hope that by the end of next month the weather will have warmed up and the narcissus will be flowering and bringing more colour to the photos
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I look forward to seeing your gardens wherever they are in the world.