What do you see on your garden walks 2014?

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Hoy
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What do you see on your garden walks 2014?

Seems it is a dull season, not much activity at this forum at the moment! Are you covered by snow, blown away by wind or damaged by wildfires?

The season has started here although it is not much to boast about. February has been very mild so far (not a single degree of frost till now!) but the rain has poured down in stead. Not like in GB but more than enough. When the rain stops for a moment it is still not enough light for the flowers to open and barely enough to take pictures!

Snowdrops, snowflakes and crocuses are all up and showing colour but don't open properly!

 

 

 

Lori S.
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There's nothing to see but snow here!  In the current warm spell, the front yard is clearing, but the snow is the deepest it's ever been, after a record snowfall in December and then fairly regular additions since then.  

Here's a little nest I found yesterday that had fallen out of a spruce tree, possibly that of a chipping sparrow.  The body of the nest is made of very fine grassy fibers and soft strips of bark mulch.  The outside incorporates a few strands of wooly thyme:

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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I can't walk in the garden now, the snow is waist deep, but have been enjoying bird activity with multiple suet hangers and my deck picnic table shoveled of snow and transformed into a large bird seed platform.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Nice to see spring exists somewhere and looking good.  Recent photo from the UK of Galanthus in flower underwater were not that positive (Weatherunderground).

Here in New England still under a foot or more of snow with near record low temps. -1F (-18C)  Our loss is Norway's gain?

Charles Swanson MA USA z 6a

NE Massachusetts (New England) USA  zone 6 (5B to 6B)

gardens visited, photographs:  www.flickr.com/photos/wildmeadow

Hoy
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Your loss is our gain - I think you are right, Charles! But if I remember rightly you had a mild winter and spring last year, and we had a very cold one! In fact we have had 3 cold winters/springs in row now before this last one which is very warm.

Although the winter is much warmer than normal in the mountains too it is still snow there as this picture shows, taken Friday 28 Feb. :

 

And these are from my garden today (almost sun!)

 

 

But mild winters also means that the slugs are live and out as these damaged Katharine Hodgkins show:

 

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Botanica
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Spring in France garden !!!

And many flower yet ! 

Hoy
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Some of the Cardamines are early spring flowers like this Cardamine glanduligera.

 

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Nice to see flowers, Sandy and Trond!  Our snow was almost gone after a warm spell, but now it's back again... so much for spring!  I had one Bulbocodium vernum bud visible on Wednesday, buried again now... phooey.

That Cardamine is lovely.  Not something I've ever seen here.  I'll have to look for seeds.

 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Longma
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I agree with you Lori, the Cardamine glanduligera is a lovely plant. Under what conditions does it like to grow Trond?

Here Spring is well underway ( although it only started officially two days ago ! ), and parts of the garden are coloring up nicely, smiley

             

               

               

          

I hope all of your gardens will soon emerge from winter also, smiley

  

 

53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !

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Lori S. wrote:

Nice to see flowers, Sandy and Trond!  Our snow was almost gone after a warm spell, but now it's back again... so much for spring!  I had one Bulbocodium vernum bud visible on Wednesday, buried again now... phooey.

That Cardamine is lovely.  Not something I've ever seen here.  I'll have to look for seeds.

 

Lori, I'll look for seeds when the time comes!

Hope the spring soon finds its way to you also.

 

Ron, here Cardamine glanduligera grows at the same conditions as Anemone nemorosa and that clan.

Seems your spring is a little ahead of minewink The oxlip has just started flowering but the cowslip hasn't showed yet.

 

The leaves of Cardamine glanduligera look superficially a bit similar to Anemone nemorosa and it likes the same growing conditions.

 

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Still just snow here.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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