As we had warm and sunny weather lately, the garden came to live again, earlier than usual, it was unusually warm for March. But the good weather is about to end and Mr Frost will be back. We urgently need rain as everything is bone dry, despite all the rain we had during Winter. I have sandy soil in my garden so it rapidly dries when we get sun and wind.
The bees are having a ball in my skimmia bush, I love the sound of the bees buzzing. And the flowers smell so nice. This small bush is planted next to our terrace so it is nice sitting on our terrace with a coffee or a drink at the moment.
Outside it’s chilly, windy and wet but it is too warm for Winter so lots of plants and tree’s are starting to grow again. But the problem is that the weather can change for the worse and we can still expect snow and severe frost untill mid May and some years even later. Then all that new life that is growing now will be dead but most plants can grow again later in the year.
My garden looks dull, apart from the evergreens there is nothing to see. I had lots of rosebottles and red berries but they are all eaten by the birds now.
I took a few pictures of how my garden looks at the moment, there is not a lot of beauty left but that is normal for October. The weekend was sunny and warm but now it is raining very hard. Not that I mind as we need this water for the garden.
I find it always sad to see all the flowers going, the leafs falling and most of the garden boring and brown but as you can see, the skimmia is already ready to flower in Spring, isn’t that amazing !!?
We have a bit of Spring today, tomorrow will be Winter again ha ! But today is sunny and not too cold, when I have a walk in my garden with the dogs I hear a lot of buzzing from bees and bumble bees, I love that sound !! There are a lot of birds looking for nest material. The days are getting longer and I can smell it in the air. We are sure headding in the right direction.
When the flowers are open the whole shrub is buzzing, the buds appear in Autumn and soon the buds will open up. Very easy small shrub. Wintergreen and winter hardy, a gem in the garden. There are males and females, so if you want berries you need one of each.
We have such nice weather at the moment, very sunny, bright blue sky, not too cold….what more do you want. I try to enjoy it as much as I can cos colder weather is on its way.
We have a very stubborn tree, our Amelanchier (juneberry) starts blooming every year on April 1st. But as we have had a lot of sun and soft weather we were sure it would bloom earlier this year. Just one little branch has been in bloom for about a week now and the rest is still in bud.
JUST 2 SMALL FLOWER STALKS.
THE REST OF THE TREE LOOKS LIKE THIS; ALL FLOWERS STILL IN BUDD
MY SKIMMIA KEW GREEN IS BUZZING WITH BEE’S NOW THAT THE FLOWERS ARE OPEN
OUR WATERHEN (coot) STILL HASN’T FOUND A MATE YET, BUT SHE IS FEELING VERY MUCH AT HOME IN OUR GARDEN. LOOK AT HER BEAUTIFULL BEAK.
I am still very sad about my little dog who died suddenly last week, I miss her a lot.
As the garden is waking up and the crocusses, snowdrops and narcisses have gone, other plants are taking over. Three of my favorite Spring plants are starting to bloom.
THIS WHITE FLOWERING PIERIS IS ABOUT TO OPEN IT’S BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FLOWERS
EUPHORBIA CHARIACIAS IS ABOUT TO OPEN IT’S YELLOW BELL SHAPED FLOWERS
SKIMMIA JAPONICA KEW GREEN IS ALSO ABOUT TO OPEN IT’S FLOWERS
All tree of these plants bloom for a long time, but the skimmia already gets these flowerbuds in Autumn so I think this is a good small bush for small gardens, all it needs is a bit of accid soil. There are male and female skimmia’s, the males get the flowers, the females get beautiful berries in Autumn, usually red but sometimes bright yellow.
All 3 of these plants attracts bees !
If you have any questions about plants I’ll be happy to answer them.
The nice sunny Spring weather is continuing with now and then a good soft shower, so perfect for growing plants. I started to give my plants coffee, yes coffee, it seems coffee is just as good as fertilizer and plants love it, also your indoor plants so I keep all my coffee grounds, mix them with a lot of water and pour it on the ground under my shrubs and plants. I have only just begun so I can’t tell you yet how my plants react to it but I’ll keep you up to date.
I took some pictures for you from the garden a moment ago.
ARABIS, AN EARLY FLOWERING LOW PLANT THAT BLOOMS FOR MONTHS ON END, PERFECT FOR A SUNNY SPOT IN THE ROCKGARDEN
I WAS SITTING NEXT TO MY SKIMMIA, reading a book and drinking coffee, AND IT WAS BUZZING WITH BEE’S
AND THE BUMBLE BEE’S TOOK OVER MY LILAC DWARF RODODENDRON, THEY WERE HAVING A BALL !
HERE IS A BETTER VIEW OF MY DWARF RODODENDRON, IT IS OVER 20 YEARS OLD SO IT IS NOT SO SMALL ANYMORE
AND MY WHITE HEATHER IS STILL BLOOMING, IT IS A PLANT YOU HAVE TO SEE UP CLOSE AS THE TINY FLOWERS ARE REALLY PRETTY !!! AND AN EARLY ATTRACTION FOR THE BEE’S AS WELL.
I HOPE YOU ARE ALL ENJOYING YOUR GARDENS, SPRING OR AUTUMN, DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE. HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND THANKS FOR VISITING.
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