Two words that best describe our garden at the moment – soggy and confused. Does anyone else have Spring bulbs popping up already? Our geraniums are flowering again after wilting at the first sign of cold a few weeks ago. In contrast to that we have berries, rosehips and seed heads. What a mixture! So this week I am ignoring all of the sogginess and focusing on the nice things.
These pyracantha berries – wow! Its been worth waiting two years for them to appear. It won’t be long before sparrows devour the lot but we planted it to provide food for garden birds so I’ve been under no illusions the colour will last all Winter. Apparently an abundance of berries means a cold season ahead. I don’t know if it’s just an old wives’ tale but we shall see.
Cyclamen is always a sure sign Winter has arrived. It’s a pretty amazing plant really; quietly thriving at a time when not much else will grow.
Scott’s Mum gave us five crocosmia bulbs for the front garden when we moved in to this house. The number more than doubled after the first year so I’ve been keeping an eye on the pods, waiting to collect the seeds and scatter them in the right place. Hopefully this will mean they don’t all fall in one area and overcrowd nearby plants.
Granddad’s geranium died back completely when we had our first cold snap. Now it’s back!
The strong wind has played havoc with my seed savings efforts. Many seed pods have been strewn across the garden and turned to mush after days of rain. These are love-in-a-mist pods and I’m storing them in an open jar to dry. Some will be blue, some will be white but I won’t know what I’ve got for sure until they flower next Summer.
If any of you are interested, I’ve written a post about helping garden birds over the Winter. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any good tips or recommendations!