Green Shoots, Big Feet and a Beak

 

February

 
 

Terraces 005 Wm

 

January

 

From a distance not much appears to have changed.

After all the clearing out of the last couple of years the terraces are looking quite bare and I am itching to get planting. It’s easy to believe that Spring has arrived, given the lovely warm(ish) days we’ve had this week. But the soil is still saturated. And it wouldn’t be the first time March has snuck around and bitten us on the bum. The white bits on the weather forecaster’s map last night seemed perilously close… so I think I’ll give it a couple more weeks.

 
 

Hellebore 015 Wm[2]

 

Nevertheless, there are stirrings to be seen.

Speckled un-named hellebore, picking up the purple of the Phormium behind.

 
 

Terraces 009 Wm[1]

 

Pennisetum ‘Red Buttons’, Hemerocallis, Hellebore, Pieris, Rosa ‘Alpine Sunset’

The hellebores are at their best right now. Perennials are putting up new growth. The roses too. Soon be time for pruning. Beautiful though it may be, the Pennisetum rather took over last year. You can see the evidence of retaliation by shears. An architectural grass, it gets to over a metre tall with an even greater spread. So I’m thinking of moving it, and possibly the Day Lily too, and then refreshing this part of the border.

 
 

Narcissus 'Tete a Tete' 001 Wm[1]

 

Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’

Colour at this time of year would be much enhanced by bulbs. I bought these dwarf daffodils for the house last year and when they finished flowering put them out here. They haven’t opened sufficiently yet to attract the attention of the birds. Much as I love having them the wild pheasants are so destructive. They ripped apart many of the snowdrops and so, although I had the perfect spot, I didn’t have the heart to plant out the irises.

Introducing a predator is not the way I want to go, so a cat isn’t the answer. I shall start an experiment with repellant sprays.

 
 

Ptolemy fluffed up Wm

 

 The stone retaining walls act as a good lookout point.

 
 

Terraces 008 Wm[1]

 

It’s a problem here too, underneath the bird table.

Big Birds, squirrels and everything else congregate here, waiting for seeds and bits of nut to fall from on high. Nothing will grow underneath. I’ve tried lavender, although as it turned out it has struggled everywhere in this garden. Presumably it doesn’t like the wet. And then I went for low growing spreading things like Ajuga, but even that can only withstand so much trampling. I considered thorny plants, but don’t want to be to responsible for the loss of an eye.

Any thoughts on what I could use?

 
 

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