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Title: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 01, 2020, 04:28:18 PM
First galanthus, with 13c it's feeling like spring
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 01, 2020, 08:00:11 PM
and Helleborus opened the revelry
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: ruweiss on February 01, 2020, 08:35:51 PM
First flower of Ranunculus calandrinioides, many buds are still waiting.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 01, 2020, 09:25:58 PM
Very nice, i didn't yet see mines
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gabriela on February 01, 2020, 10:10:02 PM
Wow Yann, IT IS spring out there!
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 02, 2020, 12:20:09 AM
Wow Yann, IT IS spring out there!

13c this afternoon, thirsday i was in Marseille at 15Pm almost 21c.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Leena on February 02, 2020, 07:35:48 AM
Yann, I can feel the spring in your snowdrop pictures, the light does it.
Very nice hellebores . :)
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 02, 2020, 10:48:00 AM
15c this morning, 23 inside the greenhouse will we have late frosts?
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2020, 11:00:35 AM
15c this morning, 23 inside the greenhouse will we have late frosts?
It  is  frosty  here  in  Aberdeen today - and I expect there  will be  more  cold  weather to come  - but  for  us, a  frost  is  not  "late"  until June ! ::)
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: ian mcdonald on February 02, 2020, 11:50:37 AM
It,s dull and drizzly here. My camera, a bridge camera, does not like recording actual colours when the weather is dull. 40F in the garden. This is not unusual in our area for the time of year.

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A tall species of snowdrop in the front lawn, I don,t know which species.

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A short double flowered one.

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Helleborus foetidus, must have arrived as a dropped seed.

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The first saxifrage to flower.

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Viburnum bodnantense "Dawn" still in flower.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: ian mcdonald on February 02, 2020, 11:54:30 AM
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Winter aconite.

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Clematis cirrhosa, an early flowerer.

My garden does not contain such an abundance of plants that Maggi and Ian have. A song thrush has been singing for a few days so it must be spring.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2020, 01:04:40 PM
Lovely  clematis, Ian !
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: ruweiss on February 02, 2020, 08:41:38 PM
Very nice, i didn't yet see mines

Gardeners must be patient...
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Stefan B. on February 02, 2020, 09:11:12 PM
Still winter but this year, it is warm winter...

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Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gabriela on February 02, 2020, 09:16:01 PM
It is very nice to see spring-like pictures from all! In case someone is missing the real winter though - here's the beginning of February in this part on Ontario, with a fresh round of heavy, clingy snow.
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Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Leena on February 03, 2020, 08:29:51 AM
Gabriela, you have snow to protect you plants now! :)
Here weather is very unusual. This should be the coldest time of year, yet there is no snow, and temperatures have been above freezing. I'm waiting when the real winter will start. This week is supposed to be colder, below freezing for several days, but no snow in forecast.
Many plants are well advanced, and I have tried to protect them from coming cold with dry leaves and spruce branches.
Here are three pictures from yesterday. You wouldn't think it is beginning of February in Finland!
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gabriela on February 03, 2020, 07:39:56 PM
Indeed Leena, it looks very spring-like! It is so nice to have snowdrops and other buds but also very dangerous.
Hoping the weather doesn't get too cold later on.

Snow here arrived too late, we had extensive cold periods without it, and never ending rains. It was one of the wettest January on record for this region. Today 4C! lots of the snow already melted, the weird winter goes on....
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Leena on February 04, 2020, 08:35:24 AM
Indeed Leena, it looks very spring-like! It is so nice to have snowdrops and other buds but also very dangerous.
Hoping the weather doesn't get too cold later on.

You are so right. Last night it was -8C, and it will be below zero all week. :(
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 07, 2020, 08:53:49 PM
We're still in winter but the colors are all around the garden.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Stefan B. on February 07, 2020, 09:43:57 PM
It's been a real winter in my garden for the recent days.
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Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 07, 2020, 10:39:24 PM
Indeed a real winter in the Balkans, wednesday i was in Hyeres, south of France, a little 24c Ophrys fusca in bloom everywhere.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: WSGR on February 08, 2020, 07:49:12 AM
I bet not much action in Canada, Gabriela!

It's practically summer in Marseilles then! I love the creamy hellebore with veined and an exaggerated collar.  So pretty!
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: ruweiss on February 08, 2020, 08:42:19 PM
Winter in the calendar but spring in our meadow garden:
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on February 12, 2020, 10:48:55 PM
Kind of spring here also, but we never have a real winter where I live at the coast. A very long fall evolves gradually into a very long spring. This year we have had record breaking high temperatures, low pressure, high tides and wind! Today we had a few hours of sun. Here is a few pictures from last week. Some of the plants are a bit damaged by strong wind, rain and hail!

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Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on February 12, 2020, 10:51:01 PM
A few more.

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Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gabriela on February 13, 2020, 12:46:00 AM
I bet not much action in Canada, Gabriela!
It's practically summer in Marseilles then! I love the creamy hellebore with veined and an exaggerated collar.  So pretty!

You're right WSGR - the only action here is - more snow! :)) Even more than I showed in last pictures.

Rudi and Trond - Cyclamen and Galanthus lawn filled make for an amazing spring sight!
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Leena on February 15, 2020, 09:00:19 AM
A very long fall evolves gradually into a very long spring. This year we have had record breaking high temperatures, low pressure, high tides and wind!

It has been just like that also here, long autumn turning now into a slow cold spring with no actual winter.
Temperatures have not been as high here as in Norway, mostly between days  +3C to -3C at nights. No snow. Very unusual.
In south of Finland all the wet has been rain, but in Lapland it has been snow and there is really a lot of it this year.
Snowdrops are very slow to develop and flowers don't open in low temperatures, but I still love them. :)
First Eranthis are coming up in my garden and many other spring flowers are showing signs of waking up, and I try to protect them from cold nights.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on February 15, 2020, 04:43:35 PM
More rain and strong wind today. But before the rain started I was out taking one photograph. Pieris japonica in flower.

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The roe deer have been in my garden and munched all the dark flowers (crocuses and irises) and all the fresh foliage they found. 
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gabriela on February 15, 2020, 07:42:36 PM
Leena and Trond - your ' winter' is indeed so unusual. Hopefully it will remain the same until the real spring.

Couldn't you have a fence around Trond? They can jump but maybe will deter them enough to go munch in another garden. The rabbits will do the same damage here in early spring.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on February 16, 2020, 07:38:16 AM
Leena and Trond - your ' winter' is indeed so unusual. Hopefully it will remain the same until the real spring.

Couldn't you have a fence around Trond? They can jump but maybe will deter them enough to go munch in another garden. The rabbits will do the same damage here in early spring.

Gabriela,

One part of me wish the winter will continue like it is now but another part don't! That's because we have stormy weather almost every other day with lots of rain. January was the wettest ever and February seems to be like it.

I have considered to build a fence but I think it is very difficult. The garden is anything but flat. Before all the new houses were built in the meadows behind us we had no problems with deer but now their new daily migration route is across our property.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: ian mcdonald on February 16, 2020, 11:53:04 AM
Trond, maybe you could plant shrubs around the edge of your land which the deer would prefer to eat and also act as a wind break.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Tristan_He on February 16, 2020, 03:46:19 PM
A few snaps from our garden in a relative lull during Storm Dennis...

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Scilla mischtschenkoana

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Ypsilandra tibetica. The leaves always look a bit yellowish at flowering time unfortunately, maybe I should move it to a shadier spot.

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Saxifraga 'Gregor Mendel'.

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Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg' (or possibly 'Spindlestone Surprise', I forget). The label is in there but I like to keep them buried as they are unsightly and tend to get lost / illegible if exposed. This clump is starting to look nice now, from a single bulb I bought about 5 years ago. I find it much more vigorous than 'Wendy's Gold'.

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Various snowdrops (mostly 'Atkinsii' but also a little 'Diggory') with a nice white hellebore.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Tristan_He on February 16, 2020, 03:52:17 PM
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A nice plum hellebore seedling.

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Helleborus foetidus.

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A snowdrop of elwesii persuasion.

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Galanthus 'Cow House Green'. Increases veeeery slowly, but seems healthy enough.

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Cyclamen coum and Narcissus cyclamineus in the early woodland area.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Tristan_He on February 16, 2020, 04:00:50 PM
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Kniphofia bruceae, an interesting winter-flowering poker from SA, from Silverhill seeds some years ago. This is perfectly hardy for me but the flowers often get frosted. This year it was fine...

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...except that some of the flower stems have been flattened by Storms Ciara / Dennis.

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Galanthus 'Merlin'

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Hamamelis 'Orange Beauty'

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Hamamelis 'Barmstedt Gold'
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Tristan_He on February 16, 2020, 04:36:43 PM
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Phyllostachys aureosulcata

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Corydalis malkensis

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Galanthus woronowii
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: annew on February 16, 2020, 08:55:40 PM
Sometimes I need just a flash or two of blue to set off all my yellow daffs and 'drops. Some Hyacinthellas and Scillas are just the job!
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on February 17, 2020, 09:39:46 AM
Trond, maybe you could plant shrubs around the edge of your land which the deer would prefer to eat and also act as a wind break.

Ian, this is not a bad idea. I have some shrubs barring the access to the garden and I have planted a few more. However it is difficult to plant on all sides of the property.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gerdk on February 17, 2020, 04:20:04 PM
Just two shrubs - closely relatet

Forsythia ovata - the earliest of the wild species (I guess?)
and
what we call the White Forsythia in Germany - Abeliophyllum distichum

Gerd
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hannelore on February 19, 2020, 03:15:19 PM
Spring is definitively approaching
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Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 19, 2020, 05:23:43 PM
It's spring everywhere, at this rate in april everything will be burnt?
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: annew on February 19, 2020, 05:31:27 PM
I hope not literally...
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Leena on February 20, 2020, 09:43:17 AM
I have admired so much everyone's spring pictures, especially Tristan's clumps of snowdrops. :)

Here Eranthis have started to flower in the last few days, both E.hyemalis and also the other kind, which I don't know if they are E.cilicica or E.x tubergenii (they were bought as E.hyemalis).
Last spring I sowed fresh seeds of Eranthis and also they have now germinated well (pots were buried in bed outside)  :).
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: shelagh on February 20, 2020, 02:43:43 PM
Found in one of the cold frames Primula Julius Ceasar with a couple of interlopers.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: David Nicholson on February 22, 2020, 06:26:22 PM
Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'

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Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Carolyn on February 22, 2020, 06:33:10 PM
 Super colour, David.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on February 26, 2020, 06:56:07 AM
Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'


Very nice, David!
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: annew on February 26, 2020, 05:58:12 PM
Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'
That's a real cracker!
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Yann on February 26, 2020, 06:27:06 PM
Super colour, David.
Indeed, this cultivar is not common here
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: ruweiss on February 28, 2020, 09:10:52 PM
Miniature Gardens:
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gerdk on February 29, 2020, 09:57:33 AM
A showy presentation Rudi!. Are the troughs (the upper ones) made of 'Hypertufa' ?

Gerd
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: fermi de Sousa on February 29, 2020, 11:00:11 AM
Miniature Gardens:
Hi Rudi,
those are all wonderful! Are the last two made by drilling out small boulders? Are the planting holes drained?
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: johnw on February 29, 2020, 06:49:34 PM
A lovely healthy clump of Narcissus cyclamineus growing in a peat block in Jens Birck's Copenhagen garden last week.

johnw
3c & overcast
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: ruweiss on March 01, 2020, 08:19:51 PM
@Gerd, the troughs are from a colored cement mixture, I bought them
about 25 years ago and they are still in a good shape.
@Fermi,the blocks were the present of my brother in law and his wife
and were practically a waste product from a craftsman who makes
stone balls from local marble. For these he uses the cylinders which
he drills with a core drill from the stones. www.kugelmuehle-neidlingen.de (http://www.kugelmuehle-neidlingen.de)
@John, the clump of Narc.cyclamineus is a dream!
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gerdk on March 02, 2020, 10:56:09 AM
Rudi,
Thank you for the reply!

Gerd
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on March 02, 2020, 04:31:22 PM
Not much sun yet but the spring is gradually unfolding its content. Realized it is March, not February!

Shortia uniflora, not yet fully open but soon.....

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Soldanella alpina first flower this year.

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Heloniopsis orientalis white form.

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Rhododendron barbatum. First truss ever of this in my garden.

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Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gabriela on March 04, 2020, 12:05:01 AM
Not much sun yet but the spring is gradually unfolding its content. Realized it is March, not February!

Nice Trond! I wished the spring would realize it is March for us as well!
Another beautiful Rhodo for your collection :) I'm happy but surprised that Soldanella escaped your army of slugs. In my garden, if there is even 1 slug it will head for Soldanella (and any Gypsophila). They seem to have a special affinity for them.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on March 04, 2020, 06:35:13 AM
Thanks Gabriela!

But I would rather wait for the spring if we could get more sun. It has rained (or snowed in the mountains) more or less each and every day since August. The winter has been the warmest in 120 year (as long as it is recorded). The glaciers have gotten more snow than in 20 years so they will grow rather than shrink this year.

The Soldanella and Shortia is planted in an old sink on four legs so it is a bit harder for the slugs and snails to find them :)
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Leena on March 04, 2020, 11:28:42 AM
It has rained (or snowed in the mountains) more or less each and every day since August. The winter has been the warmest in 120 year (as long as it is recorded). The glaciers have gotten more snow than in 20 years so they will grow rather than shrink this year.

It is the same here. A lot of rain and temperatures from December to end of February have been 5-6 degrees C above the average in south of Finland.  The same seems to continue in March and we have early spring.  :)
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Hoy on March 05, 2020, 07:56:25 AM
Leena, interesting. The weather has changed to a more normal pattern in S Norway and we even got some snow, quite a bit in the east, much less in the west. The forecast looks more normal for the season also.
Title: Re: February 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere
Post by: Gabriela on March 06, 2020, 12:12:58 AM
Thanks Gabriela!

But I would rather wait for the spring if we could get more sun. It has rained (or snowed in the mountains) more or less each and every day since August. The winter has been the warmest in 120 year (as long as it is recorded). The glaciers have gotten more snow than in 20 years so they will grow rather than shrink this year.

The Soldanella and Shortia is planted in an old sink on four legs so it is a bit harder for the slugs and snails to find them :)

Forgot to answer :) Very smart planting the Soldanella up, I thought about making a container for small/slug attractive plants.

Sun is in big demand here as well Trond and Leena and actually, even here the winter has been milder, with the exception of February. In January it rained all month long! it was much colder in November than in December and January.