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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Ice

I popped up to some blogs today - Mark's and Alistair's for example, and saw the first signs of Spring in their gardens. People, I am envious of your Spring blooms! All I can see through my windows is snow. But, it started to melt today, maybe it won't be long before I see snowdrops and crocuses too.
Nights are still cold and ice captures grass, branches, fruits...










Monday, 13 February 2012

Snowy Days




This is how bird feeders looked in the morning. The snow finally stopped falling and it is a bit warmer. 


The garden is all covered in deep snow and it look beautiful and the town as well.








Saturday, 11 February 2012

Hungry Birds

Again my bird feeders hang on the terrace and lots of hungry birds come to snitch some food. I also spread some nuts on the terrace and the window sill. I am sure they have difficulty finding the proper food in nature because everything is covered with deep snow. I noticed some new species of birds visiting the feeders. Besides my old friends sparrows, tits, nuthatches and robins, I noticed two species of finch as well. The photographs are taken from behind the closed window and are not particularly well but, I decided put them on the blog anyway.


This is the Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)


This one is the Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

They may appear rather the same but they are two different species of the same family of the true finches - Fringillidae. The first one has pale colour feather on the head. 
Besides the finches, the bird feeders are also regularly visited by woodpecker, blackbird and even jay. All the birds come at the same time and seem not to disturb each other - that tells how harsh this winter is at the moment.
And, the snow is falling down again today...

Monday, 6 February 2012

The Magic of Winter

Snow doesn't stop falling. Maybe because of the cold, the snowflakes look like true hexagons. And they are pretty big so one can see them with a bare eye. Snow is also dry and easy to clear; snowflakes simply 'fly' around when I sweep them with a broom!
I was in the garden for a while shaking the snow down from the conifers. It was just a precaution measure because conifers tend to hang on branches under the snow.

snowflakes


How much snow we got, you can see on the photograph down there.







Friday, 3 February 2012

Winter


The real winter finally came to me. The snow has covered the garden, which is good. The cover will keep the plants protected from the cold. And, it is cold indeed. The temperature doesn't rises above - 7°C during the day. The Siberian cold front did not hit Croatia as much as other neighbouring countries heading east. They freeze on - 33°C!
The snow is falling all over the Croatian coast too, which is rarity. Even the sea has frozen on some places. 
I am glad I did not clear the flowers bed clean last Autumn. The snow look nice on tall Sedums, sedges, and ornamental grasses. 

Sedum

Miscanthus panicles

Liriope's evergreen leaves under the snow.

According to the long term weather forecast, I'll have to wait for at least one month to work in the garden. Meantime, I make new layouts and plans and write 'to do list' for the next gardening season.