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Sunday, February 26, 2012

February In My Garden

 When it is sunny outside, I go to the garden to do an inventory of what is poking from the ground, what is blooming and what needs to be done as soon as possible.

 Love this plant - Sedum rupestre  (Angelina Stonecrop). It's evergreen and always looks bright and fresh! It's low and spreading, so it's a good groundcover! I've never seen a single weed growing through it. It has lovely star-shaped flowers, but even without them, it looks good. It is trailing, so it's suitable for containers. It easily breaks, but it easily roots too. What else is on my potting bench? Periwinkles and helleborus. I always plant extra seedlings into small containers for an easy giveaway, as pot fillers and as ready plant material for new beds.

I cut  Sedum Autumn Joy  for a February outdoor bouquet. I love this plant too. It looks wonderful all seasons.
What are potting benches for? For potting!  This is a bowl that I filled with three Amaryllis plants.

 Since they won't withstand winter temperatures, I took the bowl inside.

 Moss is always available in my Pacific Northwest garden.

 Helleborus is another favorite. It's time to cut its old leaves. It'll allow to see the white flowers better, and it'll give a chance for new fresh leaves to grow.

 Helleborus foetidus also is hardy, reliable and easy to grow. Love its pale green flowers!

 New to my garden - dark-flowered Helleborus that I got from my friend:

 These pansies were covered by the snow for several days in January. Here they are, undamaged and blooming again!

 Miniature daffodils  and primulas are another staple in my garden:

 Alliums join the ranks of tough and beautiful plants:

 And, this is a surprise! My fall-planted white cabbage were eaten by rabbits and slugs. Only a couple of them were left on the raised bed just as some decoration. Well, I noticed in February that the plants not only survived the winter but developed new heads!

 Sun doesn't last long nowdays, so it's time to do at least one garden chore - pruning clematis. Tangled with magnolia vine Eastern Prince, it didn't bloom well the last two seasons. I decided to do a radical pruning and left only several inches above the ground. I don't have anything to lose!

 All in all, February was not a bad month.

I am linking up with Outdoor Wednesday
***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS


  1. Hey Tatyana,
    What a fantastic news that every plant came well trough the winter. Overhere it is different. A lot of people's roses were frozen. Beautiful to see your garden wakes up from winter "spring is there"
    Have a nice sunday

  2. I am probably being a little slow here but have you changed the name of your blog?

    Love your potting bench display - so artistic and there seems there might be hope for my cabbages if yours are hearted up - fingers crossed

  3. Love your potting bench and all that resides on it. Looks very Country Living mag! That bowl for your Hyacinths is just gorgeous too!

  4. Your hellebores are beautiful! Especially love the white ones.

  5. Beautiful hellebores !!! And those cabbages, a nice surprise. Wishing you a great spring !!!

  6. Love all your wonderful plants and potting bench. It's such a wonderful time in the garden right now with everything coming up. Love all your beautiful photos. New Follower.


  7. Great photos and love the collage, especially with the puppies. I should gather some moss from the garden and top some of my pots. Love that container with the Amaryllis.

  8. I absolutely love your potting bench and all the little rusty decorations...just my style! I have the same white hellebore with the pink freckles. So fun to hang out in your yard with you. Here in Tennessee we are about 3 weeks ahead of's been different for sure.

  9. Love both of your hellebores. It looks like spring is about to start!

  10. Tatyana,

    I can feel your excitement with the garden getting ready to start. Those miniature daffodils are worth waiting for. We have maybe 4-5 of those all so cute, Baby Moon is blooming right now.

  11. Ah, the promise of spring! Your amaryllis - which I've never grown myself, but my mother had a few over the years - remind me of a visit we paid to a family friend from my father's youth when I was about ten. She was a specialist grower of flag irises and amaryllis, and there must have been half an acre solidly packed with stock beds of iris and amaryllis in bloom. I often think my love of flowers was given added impetus that day...

  12. I love your potting bench and I'm glad to see that it is not only decorative but functiional too! And I think your clematis will be fine...just think of it as rejuvenating the plant!

  13. Lovely photos Tatyana, and love the quirky touches of your garden!

  14. It's so good to see flowers blooming, I love the Hellebores. They are all so pretty.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  15. It is always so wonderful when we see our plants have made it through the winter and new growth is coming up. Your Hellebore's are just so lovely. I need to cut the leaves on mine also so thanks for the reminder. The new puppy looks like it is fitting in. LOL! Have a wonderful week.

  16. Your Amaryllis growing so well in such a shallow pot. The Hellebores in your garden are looking great Same goes over here Tatyana, February all in all was not a bad month at all.

  17. Tatyana - what great plants you already have in bloom! I really like that Angelina Stonecrop. I'll check if I can get it in any of my garden centres. Lovely photos - thx!

  18. Hi! Your Feb. garden looks so cute and delicate but soon it will change to bold beauty! I have always been a fan of Hellebore Foetidus...I need to get one in my garden. I too, love how you incorporate the potting bench in this post. It looks well-used and lovely! Good luck with the clematis!

  19. Love the potting bench, a lot!!! All of your photos are just gorgeous for late Feb. We are having damp weather as of late, I'm sure the slugs are starting to move in. I have returned back to my original blog. Just click my name, hopefully I can get back on some type of blogging schedule.

  20. Angelina is a staple here and one of my favorites. I have a patch of Blue Rug juniper which I am comtemplating pulling up and replacing it with the sedum.

  21. Hi Tatiana, February in your garden is a lot of pushing and shoving, the plants want to see the light. Your potting bench looks so pretty, how do you do it? Here the light is getting more mellow while yours is getting stronger. It is still hot and humid, and lots of work in the garden; this weather makes the garden grow, the weeds too! lovely to see your garden awakening; happy spring gardening. T♥

  22. I love your potting bench. I have that sedum ground cover, too, and I love it.

  23. lovely shots of your garden, yours is much further ahead than mine

  24. So many pretty photos. I look forward to seeing it all in bloom!

  25. Wow. Beautiful pics. Love your lenten roses.

  26. I like your bench- very pretty. Nice to see the blooms- spring is just around the corner!


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