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chickenstu

it is so dull......

outside- I thought I would remind every one its only a few months until spring and lots of lovely flowers.

Here are some reminders of what lies ahead

psycho

Beautiful!! And so very "spring"!!
MrsWW

I think sweet peas have to be one of my most favourite flowers.

I still have roses in bud outside here, the twisted hazel has lots of leaf buds, the peony has buds that are about to burst open.  My fuschia still has 2/3 flowers on it.  I have lots of evergreen bushes in the garden that are variegated so it looks quite nice and bright in the borders at this time of year.

No sign of my snowdrops yet though - maybe a couple more weeks.
ClaireK

The only fowers I have are on my cacti that was my grandads, it flowers religously every year even though my book says it a easter flowering one!
The bush with the yellow flowers in the front garden that normally tries its best to obscure my view when driving out of the drive isnt in flower yet, but am keeping my fingers crossed for some action soon.

Claire
Bazzer

Forsythia (spl?) bit early for that, me finks. Still local climates an' all that.
ClaireK

Thanks Bazzer, thats the one. I keep threatening to chop it right down, but once its in bloom I remember why i like it so much.

Claire
Bazzer

Prune it hard and it'll come back with a vengence. Don't knock though, one of early springs first splash of colour, shame it doesn't last long but under plant with Sweet Peas and let them grow up through it.
chickenstu

Clare could it be a winter jasmine?

http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/graphics/1106/winter_jasmine.jpg
ClaireK

Could be, is a Forsythia different to a winter jasmine or are they the same?

Claire
chickenstu

The forsythia is a bush with pale  stems that can get quiet thick

The Jasmine has a creeping habit (bit like Normesby) and very fine stems
Big Phil

We have a lonely and forlorn jasmine in  a pot in the yard.

It looks thoroughly miserable surrounded by urban concrete. It is trying though, there is a promise of colour in the buds.
ClaireK

Thinks its a Forsythis, when its in flower I will atke a piccie and post it

Claire
chickenstu

this is a bit of a Forsythia saga
ClaireK

 
psycho

I do love Forsythia.....bet it would be just gorgeous with that sweet pea coming up through! Never thought of that! I'm not sure I can get a Forsythia to grow here, though.  
psycho

I'm so jealous of you all with buds and blooms starting! We've easily got 3 more months of winter cold enough that nothing will be popping up. It was -11 F when I got up this morning. Any mild days that cause anything to start popping up are just cruel teasers and kill it off a few days later. I have found, however, that some flowers, plants, and trees seem to end up coming in heartier, stronger, thicker if they get froze off here. My Flax and Bachelor's Buttons were that way. Some flowers in the bed took a freeze hard, but those two had just taken over the bed like crazy that year.

I've got some Flax started in a bed and they've been coming along on their own for a couple of years....but....they have no wind protection and get beat up a bit. I'm thinking of planting some Iris in between them to fill in as well as provide a bit of protection. Do you have to dig up Iris every year?
Bazzer

We never lift anything.
All bulbs, Dahlia etc. stay where they are twelve months of the year.
Digindeep

As Baz, leave all bulbs in year upon year....unless them pesky tree rats pull 'em up.....
Already the Mahonia is in flower and noticed the Viburnum Tinus is coming into flower.....
psycho

Excellent! Thank you!!! I'll see if I can't make this the year I get the Iris in the dirt!

OH and I were discussing building some flower beds in the backyard....I'm hoping to get the north one done first and get my sunflowers going again. We plan to do raised beds and they'll serve several purposes. First, they will seal off the bottom of the yard edges and keep the terriers from going under. Second, they should help keep the backyard a bit cooler since it's lined with tin on one side and a semi-trailer that we use as a shed on another. Third, it should really improve the appearance of the backyard. I'm hoping we can get it all done this year, but we may have to do it in stages. I know the horse tank bed and hanging baskets we did this year REALLY made a difference in how the yard looked. More flowers and keeping the tree alive should really make it a nice area.

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