My Small Suburban Garden

My Small Suburban Garden

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

I Spy With My Little Eye...

...something beginning with "L".

It's a beautiful, bright, sunny February day with barely a cloud in the sky, but I was still a bit surprised to see this little chap sunbathing in my small suburban garden as there's still a very distinct nip in the air.

Most of the plants haven't over-wintered particularly well although predictably the geraniums are determined to stay alive. The white jasmine still has some flowers, along with it's small, shiny black berries, and the magnolia is sporting some furry buds on it's branches.

Mini-daffs, crocuses and hyacinths are beginning to poke through the soil next to the yellow primulas, so it seems that Mother Nature is trying to let us know that spring is on it's way. The sooner the better I say!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Freezing February...

Blimey, it's cold! My Small Suburban Garden never looks great at this time of year, but this year it seems to be suffering particularly badly. The jasmine remains determined to bud no matter how low the temperatures go but there's not much else willing to brave the chill.

A few crocuses are beginning to poke through the soil, maybe even some daffodils and hyacinths, and a couple of primulas are out, but so far it's a pretty poor show. The geraniums are beginning to die off and rot, there's dead leaves all over the place and even the fairly hardy rosemary isn't looking very happy.

The buddleia are, as ever, oblivious to the seasons and have new leaves appearing and the mint is seemingly indestructible, but the whole place lacks colour at the moment. Hopefully in a few weeks time we'll be over the worst of the winter and we can finally look forward to spring.