Cases of manure contamination are still cropping up see here so it's still important to take care when acquiring supplies. This is especially important in areas where Forefront weedkiller is available.
I must confess that I am not a snow lover but some white stuff is more than welcome in the garden.
Yesterday Martyn posted about the snowdrops which are almost ready to burst into flower under the magnolia tree. Despite last year's freezing winter and this year's relatively mild start to winter their flower clock is keeping good time. From previous photos, we noted that the snowdrops are at exactly the same stage as they were last year - give or take the odd day!
I love it when the first snowdrops are visible - it's a symbolic sticking out of the tongue to winter!
Yesterday we didn't see much sunshine but for the short while that we did the hellebore nigers (or should that be hellebores niger?) on our designated blue and white border just shone!
Being hidden under a layer of snow doesn't seem to have done them too much damage!
This one smiled up at me but the other plant was a little sulky and had turned its faces away from me towards the fence! It obviously didn't like the snow either!
On another note: I had an email from Stafford Sports College asking for support with a planned memorial garden. Too far away from me but if anyone is near and would like to offer help then read my post here
RSPB is a non-profit organisation that works & promotes the protection of birds and wildlife through public awareness, petitions and the running of nature reserves within the UK.
Ideas for coping with the expected glut
Sometime in the 1980’s Martyn suggested that we looked into taking on an allotment. We already had a vegetable patch in our garden but we wanted to grow more of everything - vegetables and flowers - and just didn’t have the space. At that time it was fairly easy to obtain an allotment quickly and we took on a plot at Green Lane. Since then our plot has grown - in more ways than one - and our garden undergone many changes. This blog is mainly devoted to our gardening activities and the wild life that share our gardening spaces but at times I allow non gardening posts to sneak in too.