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My garden in February

I will make a monthly update of my garden, starting with this one, on February. Another one will follow at the end of the month, on March, of course.

My garden in February - lawn

The garden looks a bit bare from afar, but the things change when you take a closer look, which is lovely. I’ve planted some bulbs and most of them are starting to grow, the ones who were left behind by the naughty magpies. I don’t mind them having fun though, because I have fun watching them too.

The passiflora looks poorly in the back, but this is what it did each year, looks like it’s almost dead and then comes back bigger and bigger. I am not worried at all with it.

Cherry tree

All three trees are starting to get back to life. I have a fig tree, an apple tree, and this cherry tree. Also the raspberry bush is starting to show its new leaves. It’s lovely to see that they have pulled through the winter, especially as it was their first winter in our garden. So, I’m very pleased with that.

new bulbs

I mentioned the new bulbs. I bought them on impulse and did not have the time nor the inclination to plant them outside. But, I did, quite recently, and they are starting to grow, which is great.


From the plants from last August, when we finished refurbishing the garden, the Alliums are starting to grow. I am very happy, as I loved them.


The poppies are starting to grow too. Their flowers were long lasting last year, so I thought I will get more this year, if the ones from last year did not make it, but this one did. I think it is still too soon to tell about the rest, as I imagine they will start growing.

I topped up all the raised beds with extra compost and this month I will add some food plant too.

My garden in February - levelled lawn

Finally, the lawn, how it looks right now. When we bought the house six years ago, the first thing we did was to remove the concrete slabs from the garden, top with a bit of soil and sow some grass seeds. We just didn’t have enough time and money, to be honest, to do more than that. We had bigger things to do inside the house before we moved in, so the garden had some small improvements until last year, when, due to the lockdowns, we had the time and inclination to update it. It’s also when we realised how uneven the lawn was. With grass on top it was not visible to the eye, but it was obvious when we were walking and playing with Festus.

So, we’ve made a mix of compost and top soil and levelled the lawn. I’m not sure if that was the best approach, maybe it would have been better to use only top soil, but I went on instinct. With libraries closed and pressed for time, I didn’t have the opportunity to read on the subject. We levelled the lawn and scattered lots of seeds, which the pigeons are doing their best to eat. It’s not like we can do something about it, as these are the pigeons who know us very well, and they are not bothered by us, even if we are in the garden. So, short of working from the middle of the garden, I can’t do anything about these hungry birds. Their feeder is topped up, but, of course, freshly laid lawn seeds have a different taste if you are a pigeon looking for a snack.

In the end, we might need to go and buy some ready made turf, those grass rolls, and lay those down. At least the garden is levelled, which is something we had to do anyway.

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  1. Anca, it looks stupendous. I’m truly dazzled with your bulbs and things developing. You are a long way in front of us. What’s more, you’ve done such a great deal with the grass. All around done, regardless of whether the pigeons aren’t making a difference. I will take a shot at poppies this year. I’m not awfully idealistic, but rather it merits an attempt!

  2. Anca, it looks terrific. I’m really impressed with your bulbs and things growing. You are far ahead of us. And you’ve done such a lot with the lawn. Well done, even if the pigeons aren’t helping. I’m going to try my hand at poppies this year. I’m not terribly optimistic, but it’s worth a try!

  3. You never know…. if some of the grass gets a good enough start, it may spread and fill in the gaps left by the hungry birds. Time will tell.

    I’ve never planted bulbs, but I’ve always been tempted by tulips.

    I look forward to your monthly updates!
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    1. I think we might get the grass rolls in a couple of weeks and that’s that. The whole point was to have a thick lawn, but the pigeons are very determined, even with their feeder topped up regularly. Well, it’s not very important, the levelling off was something we had to do anyway.
      I like buying plants too, as they are ready grown and there are less chances of me killing them, but I am discovering that the bulbs are really good too.

  4. Your garden is re-awakening! Great that you have planted bulbs. I also love alliums, they are so pretty. Sorry, the birds are eating all the seeds, hope they’ll leave some for the grass to grow.

    1. Thank you. The poppies are gorgeous, a mix of colours. I’m very happy they pulled it through the winter.

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