February Posy






Catkins, snowdrops and hellebores were all I could find for my February posy. The hellebores are not open yet. March's posy will include some hellebores which are fully open, and there will be daffodils, crocuses and pussy willow.

 But we have to get through February first. Luckily we have a birthday and an anniversary to celebrate in this the longest shortest month. Then there's Valentine's day and Shrove Tuesday -chocolate and pancakes, or maybe pancakes with chocolate in them? It's not all gloom, this waiting for Spring. There are hopeful signs.

It is extremely cold at the moment but the bright sunshine has made my walks pleasant. Everywhere you look branches are budding and birds are singing.  The UK is not known for its colourful bird-life but those few species which are not a drab brown have been making an appearance in my neighbourhood. Last week I saw a green woodpecker, several jays and most pleasing of all a goldcrest. Much as I enjoy all our birds, those with a flash of bright colour are particularly thrilling to see. Perhaps that is why we love robins so much. Britain's most colourful native bird is this one. How I would love to see one.


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  1. What absolutely wonderful photos. We have tons of snow and it will be ages before it goes and the flowers bloom, but you put a little bit of spring into my day - thank you!!

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  2. Lovely,Sue. Your garden is further along than ours. My catkins are tight and the snowdrops are just showing green spikes. A joy to look forward to.

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  3. So nice to see your February posy! The only posy I could pick up here is a handful of snow! It's been snowing the whole day, so I made marmalade and did some crochet!

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  4. Such pretty flowers - I quite simply adore Catkins!
    Claire

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  5. What a perfect posy, it is my birthday today and snowdrops are one of my favourite flowers!

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    1. Happy birthday!

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    2. Thank you Sue!

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  6. It's a lovely posy.

    I've seen plenty of kingfishers, but they're usually just a flash of blue before the eyes. How I would love to photograph one! I was watching two pairs of bullfinches and about 30 goldfinches sitting in their usual spot, the cherry tree by our garden, this afternoon. I struggled to take photos due to the wind.

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  7. I love your post Sue, snow drops are too special. I have only seen a kingfisher once in South africa which unfortunately was brought into a friends home by her Siamese cat but fortunately was unharmed and we managed to set it free again x P

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  8. I love this post Sue, it has a bit of everything i love most ..... flowers, birds and chocolate pancakes!
    Flowers are in very short supply at the mo but it makes the ones we can find so precious, yours are beautiful.
    I would love to see a kingfisher too.
    love jooles xxx

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  9. We have been doing quite a bit of bird watching lately and have been lucky enough to see nuthatches , bullfinches and even waxwings , these have been the most colourful anyway. We sometimes see a Kingfisher in our local park but I haven't seen it recently . Flowers will be out soon :-)

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  10. We're very lucky with birds, we currently have bullfinches, goldfinches, blue, great, coal and longtailed tits, greefinches and best of all nuthatch. They give us a lot of pleasure. Looking forward to pancake day. Nothing worth picking in the garden except a solitary rose which survived the snow.

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  11. Ive seen two kingfishers in last couple of years, one was in my garden although I don't have a pond. They didnt hang about but such a brilliant blue and orange :)

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    1. Wow,kingfishers in your garden!

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  12. Envy your green woodpecker, I've never seen one. Maybe our spotty ones keep them away.
    Pancakes with chocolate in them? Yes please!

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  13. We also have a green woodpecker in our neighbour's tree, he comes everyday at the same time, pecks away, then flies away to another tree nearby. The first year he was alone, last year he had a mate, wonder if he'll bring the whole family this summer ?
    Here winter is dragging along, grey, snow, cold... fed up.

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  14. Every spring the robins come by to pillage the wild grapevine in the back yard. I don't know what they eat from it, since it never gets any actual grapes, but they love it. They are pretty, but very loud in large groups.

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  15. We sometimes see a green woodpecker in the garden. When I first saw one, I couldn't believe how big it was! We often see the spotted ones, and last year one even brought her young with her. :)
    Kingfishers!!!!!!! I have spent years trying to spot one!
    Loving your posy - it's difficult to spot too much colour in the garden at the moment isn't it. I have a couple of daffodils in flower already though - mad things!

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  16. My favourite days are those when the woodpeckers come to visit!
    And the posy is very sweet - great photos too.
    P x

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  17. Isn't it lovely to see flowers again. I am so looking forward to bringing flowers in from the garden.

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  18. I remember in my teens sitting patiently one Sunday morning alongside a riverbank waiting for the flash of turquoise and orange. It was worth the wait, they are beautiful!

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  19. Sue, it's grand to see this post with its glimmers of spring waiting in the wings...lucky you to see those pretty birds, too.

    Winter is strengthening its grip here, with more sub-freezing temperatures and snow due on Friday. I broke with my usual day off routine today, and stayed indoors, knitting row after row after row, while listening to the wind blowing up that storm just beyond my window.

    Lent starts soon, so I'm also having my little pre-Lenten chocolate binge.

    xo

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  20. Ah, the kingfisher! I have seen one, just the once, although we were lucky and it stayed close for quite sometime. And it was fishing. We saw an otter the same day. It was absolutely magical, as though we had stepped into a fairy story. Just the Mr and me and many years ago but never forgotten.

    I haven't checked official figures but judging by the numbers I'm seeing I'm guessing jays are on the increase.

    Truly gorgeous posy Sue :D

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  21. They are indeed truly stunning. I live in Thornbury, just north of Bristol, and we have lots of streams running through the town. I caught the briefest glimpse of one once, flying up from the water. The colour was breathtaking, it really was. They are so very shy and so very fast they are hard to spot. I have seen people waiting hours to see one at Slimbridge (a Wildlife and Wetlands Trust place near here), just to get a quick glimpse. Bullfinches are also very beautiful, but not particularly common. We don't get many birds at all in our garden, it's too open, but when we do we all run to the window shrieking with excitement and for some reason they fly away...

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  22. Oh, your posy is perfect. I'm making do with £1 bunches of daffodils from M&S, but they do the job of brightening up the kitchen table.
    How lucky to spot a goldcrest. I've seen a couple over the years and have been lucky enough to glimpse a flash of emerald and turquoise as a kingfisher darted past us once when we were narrow-boating. Such a fabulous sight.

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  23. Lovely photos - v clear and crisp - like today's weather! Catkins are so pretty. Come on Spring! Have a good week. Abby

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  24. I've been trying to spot the woodpecker who has been hammering away on most of my morning walks lately, but so far he's eluded me. However, there is one particular tree where a large crow sits and I'll swear he laughs at me when I walk past. Eagerly awaiting the snowdrops here.

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  25. I walk my dog along a river bank every morning and occasionally see the local Kingfishers - they are a flash of the most amazing colour you ever saw and are gone before your brain can say - "Oh that was the Kingfisher" - but oh boy! does the sight of one bless the rest of the day!

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  26. I always wish our garden had snowdrops at this time of year. I could of course plant some. That'd probably help.

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    1. You have to wait years for them to become a mass of white clumps.

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  27. Your posy is beautiful. I love robins too; where I live, robins are a rare treat.

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