Forget the start of Spring, winter returned with a vengeance this week to many parts of the UK and northern Europe. Fortunately in the south-west it was rain and not snow. Still too cold and wet to do anything much in the garden, but the only thing I need to do is go round and feed and mulch the clematis.
To start with is one of the three steel daffodil plant supports which I am using purely as garden art so that I know where my daffodils are planted in the woodland border. They are made from steel that will turn rusty and age beautifully.
Next up are last year’s anemones – Hollandia and St Brigid – bringing a splash of vibrant colour to the end of the garden.
where one of the raised beds is beginning to show signs of the various white narcissus and tulips planted there in 2019.
The garden is, as usual, overrun with Forget-me-nots which self seed in beds and borders and the gravel paths. I usually allow them to do their thing before pulling them out once the perennial plants start to grow. This is the first one to flower, but there will be plenty more photo bombing my flower pictures in the future.
A plant that really deserves to be in the SOS posts every week is this Fuchsia microphylla (Lady’s eardrops) ‘Cornish Pixie’ which was bought at the Eden Project in 2018 and has never stopped flowering since!
And finally another little garden ornament, a lizard, who now resides on top of one of the many rocks in my garden.
Jim of Garden Ruminations is now our host and as a former nurseryman has a lot more than the SOS happening over on his blog so well worth following. As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to his site where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world. See here for the participant’s guide.
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I like the steel daffodil as reminder of what lies beneath – so attractive too. Lucky you to have so much going on – several inches of snow here and freezing temps 😦
Your garden looks like it’s going full steam ahead with loads of new growth and colour.
I love your steel plant supports and that’s a great idea to use them as markers (equally love that lizard too).
The forget-me-not is definitely in a hurry! I won’t see any flowers on mine for many weeks yet.
We’ve (amazingly) had a lot of sunshine here recently, but it’s been freezing cold, so like you, there’s been little to do in the garden. Better spring weather will come soon and I’m sure your tools will be ready to get to work, just as mine are. 🙂
I love your garden ornaments – that steel daffodil is beautiful. And how lovely are the Lady’s eardrops … they look so delicate and love the bright colour.
The steel daffodil is rather lovely, Jude, and the real ones too. Temperatures are starting to creep up here but the youngster thoroughly enjoyed the snow in Leeds yesterday. It’s rare he has enough to make a snowman 🤗💗
Beautiful flowers and I love the ornaments too, especially the lizard! I can’t wait for warmer weather, March has been rather disappointing so far 🥶
Your milder climate really does bring things forward, I’ll be waiting a while yet for forget-me-nots and most of the daffs. Northern Europe, brrrr. And the lizard is a perfect addition to the lichen-encrusted rock, I suppose he might be joined by real lizards once things get quite a bit warmer?
I love the metal daffodil and lizard. We have a metal lizard attached to a stone next to the pond. Those anemones are really cheerful. Do they come back each year?
Lovely steel sculptures ! The lizard is my favourite.
This Saturday post always brings such color and joy to the start of my weekend. I look forward to it each week. My s-i-l in Norway sent us photos this morning of all their snow. It’s quite beautiful even though she’s ready for it to be gone. 🙂
Oh, thank you Janet, that comment made my day. Thankfully the snow didn’t reach my part of the country, but it has been cold and wet.
Wonderful splashes of colour!