In my last short blog in January, I mentioned I had been making hundreds of labels for the plants in the garden to replace the old ones.
We have over 1000 different plants, so it has been quite a job, and is not finished yet.
Colour is starting to appear in the garden now.
But rain and strong winds are doing their best to knock down the fragile blooms of Crocus, and to some extent Narcissi.
I have managed to get some paint on the fences in the 'Exotic' garden on the dry days.
Last year the blue fence paint we have used for many years was discontinued by Wilko (Wilkinsons).
They introduced other colours like Black and Buttermilk, not colours I would fancy!
There is a lighter blue, which we bought a small tin to try out. On painting a patch on one of the panels, I thought it looked horrible.
Luckily it dried a bit darker, so will go with that, especially as 5 litre tins had been reduced to £15 each, we bought four tins.
It was the same price for Lyn's garden colour of Willow, so I got two of those as well.
I will swear if the dark blue is re introduced again.
All the Dahlias in pots have been knocked out and repotted in new soil, they stay in the sheltered passage between house and sheds till I see some new shoots appearing.
Then they will be put out on sunny days till the frost has passed, then they can stay out.
Plenty to do at this time of year in preparation for the new flowering season.
Iris reticulata 'Alida'
Crocus just about to open in the early morning sun.
In the 'Exotic' garden, the 'Phylostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' shows
up well against the old blue colour of the fences, they are a lighter blue now