Little February treasures

On the 26th January I wrote about my busy gardening week; but since then the weather has been anything but good so most of the work done has been in the greenhouse (report coming soon) rather than the garden.

Today, at last, there has been soon sunshine that had a little warm in it so I was able to prune most of the  mutabilis roses.  They had been pruned badly (by me) as a hedge between the drive and the vegetable garden.  To be brutally honest they are too large a rose for where I have planted them; add to this that they have been cut so as not to scratch the cars and to keep them back from the pathway in the vegetable garden – the result was crossed stems and new strong shoots beginning high up old stems.  I pruned all but three of the roses; I’ll show you what they look like when I’ve completed them all.  But suffice to say that the view of the onion bed is now very open!

I have another tulip that is not as described on the pack; one has reached flowering stage well before the others but instead of Daytona (White frilled) I have this…..

Tulip NOT Daytona

It is fringed as Daytona should be and is not unattractive but it is always disappointing when things aren’t what they should be.

Crocus, the first of the deep purple

Crocus. this image was last week, the yellow crocus are all finished now.

Tommi Crocus

Or as it should be Crocus Tommasinianus Lilac Beauty (seems a very long name for something so delicate)

Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’

Volunteer Anemone

Grape hyacinth

There are thousands of Grape hyacinths in the garden but this is the only one flowering.

Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

Hyacinth Miss Saigon, the first to flower in the garden

Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’

You can see last year’s Sedum stems need cutting back – I have done some of the many around the garden; those remaining are growing quickly which makes cutting the stems off low more difficult.

Sorry the name escapes me, something rosemariafolia

Native Freesia buds – they won’t be long now


almost ripe seedpod from another snowdrop

Iris unguicularis

Viburnum tinus

When Chloris at The Blooming Garden writes her post for February flowers I’ll link to it.

I hope you are finding at least a few garden when you can get on with some work in the garden.

32 thoughts on “Little February treasures

  1. Lovely to see your February blooms Christina. Wonderful to have anemones in bloom already. That’s a Grevillea rosmarinifolia, such a pretty shrub. I was going to post my blooms early this month but it has been so cold that not much has changed since last month, apart from more snowdrops and hellebores. I will post next week and it will be great if you link in with me, thank you.
    I’m looking forward to see what’s happening in your greenhouse.

    • Sorry not to wait for your post, but I sometimes get distracted so thought it better to post when I could. It is still very cold here too. Most days the temperatures aren’t reaching double figures. Many days the high has been 6 degrees C.

  2. Christina magnificent photos for magnificent flowers. Your garden is in the Spring. I hope you solve your pruning problems with the Rosal mutabilis. I’m sorry about the Tulip Daytona but the yellow Tulip is very beautiful. The Crocuses are all beautiful in all colors. The coronary Anemone “The bride” is beautiful. The grape hyacinth I like it a lot and it is sure that some more will flourish, but next year. The Iris reticulata coming out, what a wonder. The Iris reticulata “Harmony” is a beauty with its yellow stripe and its white spots on the intense blue-purple. Hyacinth Mis Saigon are your purple color is beautiful, and its perfume. The Iris unguicularis are beautiful. The Viburnum tinus with its pink buds is cute. I had never seen a seed pod of a Tinker Bell! With the seeds that you have inside you can get Bells? It’s that I’ve never had Bells. Thank you Christina for showing us your beautiful garden. I hope there are days with sun and pleasant temperatures so you can work on it. Since you have been working in the Greenhouse, you must be precious. Have a good weekend. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  3. It looks as though you have a good start on spring, Christina! I’ve got a couple of ‘Mutabilis’ roses too. They came with the garden and sit on the slope facing roughly southwest but, until recently, the light was blocked by the neighbor’s dense oleander hedge. I’d been ready to pull them out when the oleander hedge was removed. Now that they’re getting more sun, they’ve been given a reprieve but I’m still concerned that a slope isn’t the right spot for them – if nothing else, it makes them hard to prune!

    • If they have the space to grow to their intended size I think mutablis is one of the roses that does well with very little pruning so you may find they’ll do very well for you in their new position.

  4. Crocus Tommasinianus. We have one plant in common that is out now. They are shooting up in our front lawn. Pruning roses is (almost) worth the pain because despite gloves they usually fight back. Lovely plants, Christina.

    • They are a favourite of mine too, I just wish they lasted longer in the Garden; Chloris at the Blooming Garden suggests lifting the small bulblets that form and growing them on in a seedbed or seedtray; I might try it when I buy some more for next year.

  5. Beautiful February treasures! I find the February treasures so precious in the garden and they really lift your spirits and encourage you to tackle the tasks that are waiting. I’ve not seen any sign of my anemones yet. Amelia

    • My Anemones always flower quite early, I’m not really sure why; I don’t think it is temperature as it has been very cold here. It might be light levels which are quite different here to the UK and where you are in France.

  6. Oh that looks great. I’m glad to see you have spring on the way even if the weather so far hasn’t been all that great. I love all the anemones of course, but disapointing to see even more mislabeled bulbs…
    We’re set for a 10 day stretch of unusually warm weather. Things should be frozen solid but instead it’s likely we’ll have snowdrop season starting by next week.

    • the mislabelled bulbs just prove that the company I usually use in the UK is worth the cost of the extra for transporting them here. I should probably try to find a reliable company in Holland!

  7. What a beautiful spring garden. I love the little iris, with their sharp detail. They are on my list to buy more in the Autumn, I had thought they were not worth planting as they don’t last long in the ground, but they are so good- and occasionally reappear- they are worth it!

    • You could also plant some in a small pot (they don’t take up much room) and have them in the conservatory when they’re flowering. They can stay in a sheltered spot outside the rest of the time.

  8. I am glad you have lots of little treasures to enjoy, Christina, even when the weather lacks any warmth – and even if some are not what you expected! Well done for the rose pruning – I tend to check David Austin’s guidelines for tackling all but the climbing ones (which I am confident pruning) and I did write to them for specific advice on two of mine which were growing too tall, and have cut them down to about 2 feet during the week. Exciting to see your anemones, something I meant to order some of but forgot, although I have read you can plant at almost any time of year. I can see your snowdrop is not an ‘ordinary’ one – does it have a name?

    • I bought my snowdrops in a small pack here they were labelled as being ‘normal’ snow drops but the fact that some began flowering in early December and that they have all flowered at different times, it is obvious that they are a mix! But I have no idea what varieties they are. It’s fun that they are seeding.

      • The marking is very distinctive and I could check out possibilities for you if you like but there will be no way of knowing for sure, paricularly if they were labelled as ‘normal’. I wonder what the others are like? Good to know that they are settled and seeding – you coukd end up with a new variety altogether!

  9. I’m wondering if I’ll have the same issue with mutabilis. They do grow very large. Mine isn’t near a path but it may swamp out everything else! I shall keep pruning it and hope for the best. I couldn’t be without it having seen it bloom last year.

    • I haven’t pruned morning Mine heavily before, I’ve just either gone over it with shears to make it a hedge or selectively pruned last big stems. It would certainly be better if I could let it grow large, but that just isn’t possible where I planted it. It is a lovely rose with flowers even here for many months of the year. Usually it’s the first to flower but I think I have slowed it down this year.

  10. I’ve just found your blog and am looking forward to reading more about your garden. I had the Grevillea Rosmarinifolia as a hedge in my last garden and it did very well.

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