U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8b. Sunset climate zone 5

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In My February Garden

My garden is certainly ready for spring. When the sun is shining, it feels like spring!
Phormium is happy whether it is in the soil or in the pot. The pink plants look dead after the cold spell we had at the beginning of winter, but this variety looks very alive and happy:

The front plantbed looks good year around. On the back, the buds of a tree peony are seen.

Here they are. I noticed that almost every year it starts showing some green just before the cold temperatures arrive.

Hellebore blooms here and there, with snow white flowers in sunny places and light-green in shady.

 The gazebo has a chance to show itself in winter when it is not camouflaged by dense grapevines.
The clump of grass, in the foreground of the next picture, was left here, on the top of the turf to dry and then  to go to a compost pile. It spent several years behind the bushy hydrangea, where it grew flat with a bold middle.
To my surprise, the clump not only survived, but got bushy and happy, although I didn't even put soil around its roots. I guess it found a new place that it likes!

 The best growing plant in my garden at this moment is shotweed. In the picture below, it is seen growing on  moss. I spent a good amount of time pulling shotweeds before they started blooming.

Euphorbia does well through the winter.

Boxwood is very important in keeping my garden interesting in winter.

 Hyacinths, daffodils and grape hyacinths are getting out of the soil.

 Primroses are blooming, and I need to watch the slugs. 
They were active through the whole winter.
 I count them by the dozens every morning when I check my beer cups.

 I spread some granules too (below), since beer is not a cheap deal.

Cyclamens are wonderful, whether blooming or not:

This plant came to the garden together with the Japanese forest grass, and at the end of every winter
I find it in bloom when I cut down the grass.

I start to remove old fern leaves to give space to new ones.

 Daphnia is  new to my garden, and I am eager to see its first bloom:

Yucca doesn't ever lose its attractiveness, hot or cold:

 In the collage, from left to right: Primrose, Forget-me-not, sedum, Heleborus foetidus, 
Scilla, Primrose, Hydrangea and Serbian bellflower.

Thank you for checking my February garden with me. 
Have a great February and Happy Valentine's day!

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS


  1. I loved your february garden. Beautiful !

  2. How exciting to see new growth beginning - the promise of spring and the beginning of a whole new year of gardening!

  3. Lovely! Yours looks so much better than mine! Even your shotweed is smaller.

  4. Your February garden looks so good, the tree peony shows already buds, beautiful cyclamen foliage, your phormium so sunny.

  5. This is a very hopeful post. I needed that. It's a beautiful day, but oh, so cold.

  6. This is what a garden should look like in Feb. Mine has been beaten and battered by this terrible winter.

  7. Dani, Peter, Alison, Janneke, Ricki, Les, Thank you for your comments! This winter has been so mild! Even slugs are active! Hopefully, current cold weather won't do any damage!

  8. Such an exciting time of year- love everything inset in your garden and looking forward to seeing more in the weeks to come! xoxo

  9. Looks like everything is slowly springing back to life.
    I just love seeing your cylamens..
    they look so surreal - like mystical water droplets embedded on them.
    I'm sure a lot more is waiting to bloom in your anticipated garden.

  10. Весна.....у нас такое только в апреле-мае будет, как же ещё долго!!!!!!

  11. Your garden looks gorgeous even at this time of the year Tatyana!

  12. You have worked hard in getting the all year round look. Full width pictures are a bonus, I think my favourite is the one with Euphorbia.

  13. Love your pictures and love the sun in them! Something that's missing here in our garden that has turned into a swamp now, impossible to walk in since in some spots the combination of soil and water has turned into quicksand, probably due to all the vast clay underneath. I long for dry weather and spring and most of all SUN and a blue sky. I wouldn't even mind a cold winter now as long as it would just stop to rain and that ever grey sky would disappear.

  14. You have so many plants just at the beginning of their new life--what a promising time! I agree with the others--the light is magical in your garden. My favorite shot is the one with the Moss--love it!

  15. Your garden is way ahead of mine. I remember seeing some stunning euphorbias on my trip to the Northwest. They do seem to love it there. And I'm jealous that you can grow primroses. I have failed miserably with them here.

  16. So lovely to see all your blooms and new life poking through the soil--it gives me hope that spring will really come one of these days! Love those sweet little primroses.

  17. You have a beautiful garden. I thought you were in zone 5 and was wondering where are your snow. Then, I read the description in details given above and realized you are in zone 8. Lucky you :-). Here all the yards are looking like Antarctica :-).

    1. KL, thanks! We used to be a zone 7b, then they changed it to 8a.
      Be sure, spring will come!!!

  18. My goodness! I always forget how you are in a higher zone than we are, despite the fact that your more north! How lovely to see spring happening, while we are still covered in snow. Enjoy it for me!


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