End of Month – January 2014
I wish, honestly I wish I was able to post beautiful photos of the garden.
But I can’t.
It’s a bog out there. I try to walk on the grass as little as possible, I have heavy clay so don’t want to damage the soil underneath and cause the grass to die.
So instead I’ll have to stick to some photos I took last weekend, mainly of blooming plants rather than actual border views around the garden.
This month we’ll start with blossom from the Autumn flowering Cherry. The sun is finally high enough for me to get photos of the blossom… Hopefully more photos to come, assuming the blooms aren’t all ruined by rain and it’s ever sunny enough!
Sweetbox by the front gate is blooming, it is now beginning to produce growth after being heavily damaged in deep snow a few years ago when it was only a tiny shrub. It still tends to lean, and I’m not sure how to rectify it… perhaps I could dig it up, spin it round so I get to see its bushy side??? Is that pointless?
Hellebores feel like they’re in suspended animation. Many looked like they would bloom weeks ago, but they’ve sort of, stopped.
There seem to be quite a few brambles popping up at the moment in various borders, so once the rain stops (if ever) I want to get out and pull them up before they explode into growth. Otherwise things are moving nicely; thankfully the weeds aren’t otherwise taking over yet – some Dandelions – but nothing too bad. Spring bulbs are coming along nicely no doubt thanks to the relatively mild weather we’ve had. Surprisingly, Tess of the D’Urbervilles has two blooms on her just opening, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her bloom this early before; normally she isn’t even the first rose to flower.
The Cyclamen above is swamped by the leaves – both dead and alive – of the Pulmonaria so I need to clear around them as most are swamped by something or other and I can’t get photos of them. I’m waiting for then garden to dry, as the front garden is very, very boggy right in front of this border. Even in summer it often stays wet.
It doesn’t feel like we’re behind on last year, and a quick peek shows that some Hellebores were further advanced and I had Iris Reticulata blooms emerging from their protective skins on 02.02.13. Otherwise we’re just about the same. I just wish the Snowdrops would open their blooms. So far they’re nodding their heads but haven’t yet opened.
I still don’t remember having seen any Primula Vulgaris yet… I need to have a look. I hope they haven’t died!