Although we have had some very frosty mornings the last few weeks we have also had lots of lovely sunshine and mild temperatures which has meant the pottering in the gardens has begun and the joy of the snowdrops opening...
When we first arrived at Shingle Cottage there was a large square of snowdrops that I dug up and divided, there were hundreds and hundreds of tiny white bulbs hidden under the soil..
I dug little pockets and sprinkled them under our four fruit tree's we had planted on the south side of the cottage, hoping in years to come to have a carpet of white to look at from the windows.. We have done a lot of work in our rose garden the last few years and if you missed it you can read how it started to take shape by clicking
here as you can see below the bluebells and daffodils that I moved back then have taken and are growing happily away..
Outside the window I planted little white bulbs all along the curve of the box hedge many are still in bud...
I picked a little bunch to bring into the cottage after pottering about..
They are such beautiful little flowers and you don't get to see them when looking down on them from above so I always like to bring some inside...
I have seen catkins and snowdrops and now for the violets,i have planted some along the edge of the fruit tree's so fingers crossed they will flower soon..
I have a basket inside with little yellow daffodils and violets both are in pots and will be planted out into the rose garden when they have finished flowering for next Spring..
I bought this double primula and purple crocus last year and these are now starting to flower outside..
I like to have flowers in the kitchen at this time of year,well actually all through the year but a bunch of daffodils can make the Winter months a little more cheery, little pots of bulbs from last year all growing in the borders in the garden now,i like building my Spring bulbs in this way little pots for a pound or two and they often last longer than a bunch of flowers on the window ledge and then you get to enjoy them year after year in the garden.
More little bulbs from last year that are now coming up in the garden.
It's nice to make our gardens sweeter as well as our homes isn't it?
When my Mum came to visit at the end of last Summer she very kindly bought me lots of daffodil bulbs which was sweet of her and I bought a few bags of muscari and tete a tete daffodils along with some anemone bulbs too, I noticed this week that they are all coming up along the borders and in the urns.. i'm looking forward to all the colourful little heads bobbing on the breeze..
Lovely bright Spring sunshine is just starting to warm the cottage garden on the east side of the cottage and it's where I have my little vase of snowdrops,daffodils and crocus so I can see them as I wash the dishes..
These two love birds (wood pigeons) have started building a nest in the gutter outside our bedroom window, they have nested their the last two years and I love to hear their coo's early in the morning. they stay with us all Winter long and I can't fill the table with seed quick enough,i even buy them their own special pigeon mix from the little shop in town where I buy my pots of bulbs...
Lots of new life and hope to look forward to in the gardens this month, the weather report has said we are in for a Wintery weekend so it's a good job we have the coal shed nicely stocked as it sounds like we are going to be keeping the home fires burning a little longer..
I have some stitching waiting for me so I best get on but can I ask do you have snowdrops blooming in your corner of the world? I would love to know....
Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?