February observations

For the first time in a month, I have felt like thinking about the garden. And once it got light this morning, I first wanted to get a good look at the daffodils which are coming up round the gooseberry bush.

I didn’t plant them and hadn’t even known they were there – my neighbour must have had them in her tub with the bush which she offered to me. They are not my favourite spring flower but it looks like they are a dwarf variety, so will look pretty. Shame they are not edible… so I will probably transfer them to the front garden once they have flowered. After all, food forest and inedible don’t quite go together.

On the subject of shoots, whilst looking for the return of the snakeshead fritillary, I saw a brick emerging from the soil. I’d lined the bog garden with bricks to keep the liner and soil round the sides in place but it seems the soil on top has either washed away or settled to the point where the brick is now visible.

At least it looks like the fritillary is going to make a comeback and, as can be seen in the photo of the gooseberry bush, the pulmonaria is already making a show. Looks like I could be having some purple in my salad this lunch time!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to February observations

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I heard somewhere that Chinese people in the UK mistook daffodils for some chinese vegetable and got very poorly eating them, so don’t try it. Daffs have now been moved well away from veggies! I love daffodils, the cheerful yellow says Spring to me!

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Like Nanacathy I love daffs and they are nearly out here – lots of buds showing but not quite ready to burst. The hazel catkins are out too. So glad you are feeling brighter and able to focus on the garden again. May the spring and summer be generous to you.

  3. Wonderful time of the year when these start showing up!

  4. Over Soil says:

    A few daffodil like narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’ are out in the pots, but it will be a while before the big ones do their thing here.

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