End of Month – January 2015
The garden is still moving along well. Bulbs are on cue, and there are signs of life in general from many shrubs and perennials. I seem to have very few crocuses thus far, but maybe they’ve naturally died and need replacing.
I want to get out and tidy, mulch and coppice the willow which was damaged on Boxing day – I’ve since discovered that it’s practically uprooted, hence it still leaning. I have some other items I need to take to the tip so would get two jobs done in one if I manage to chop the willow down soon. I have three days off next week, one of those days the car has its service, so hopefully I can spend some time in the garden.
The Hellebores are doing well and I’m very pleased with how well the ones I moved into pots are doing. So far none have died and all have new growth on them (not necessarily blooms). Those which do have buds, I’m eagerly awaiting them; especially the coloured ones.
The autumn cherry has been flowering for a while now – some time in December it began… Let’s see whether it’ll have a big spring show this year; it’s been a while since it last did.
We have buds on various shrubs, and I think some of the buds on Magnolia Stellata may have fattened up, but many still remain small. I hope that isn’t a sign of few blooms this year.
Snowdrops are ready to bloom, and I think if we have a sunny, warm day they will all open… for now I’ll keep waiting.
I recently bought quite a few bulbs in the green ready to place in pots for vases but also to brighten up the front door. Now if only I could get out and plant them!