Garden January 2018

I’ve been doing some thinking about my blogging and have decided to make a few changes. I enjoy blogging – both writing mine (which has become a lot easier since moving to WordPress) and reading other people’s, but my time is much more limited these days, so I’m usually behind with reading blogs (having dramatically pruned the list I do read) and I rarely comment now. I ended up so behind with Garden at the Beginning of the Month posts that there didn’t seem much point doing it, but I like taking pictures of my garden through the year, so have decided to carry on and blog as and when. Ironically, this is likely to mean more  pictures of winter gardening than the rest of the year, as the rest of the year I actually have to find time to fit the gardening in…

There are just a few pics I quickly took in the garden during January. The first snowdrops are beginning to appear amidst the raspberry canes.

My original plan of having something flowering in every month of the year has paid off – this is Sarcococca Confusa (Christmas bush) which has these funny little white flowers and a lovely scent, as well as berries for the birds to eat. I have planted this and the Daphne near our front garden wall, so you get a lovely waft of scent as you walk past on the pavement. I frequently stop with the pushchair when I’m on my way in or out and admire them!

Here are more flowers and another lovely scent on the Daphne Mezereum. Daphne is toxic which is why we planted it in the front garden, on the grounds that LO wouldn’t be there on her own so wouldn’t be trying to eat this plant. She is actually pretty good already at not eating plants.

Here’s one of the Hellebore I grew from seed before I had LO. These are tucked away in a corner so hard to see, but they like the shade down there and so do much better in this part of the garden. And the insects will be able to find them, which is the important thing.

And, finally, a winter-flowering pansy. I chose all yellow for the containers, and white for the hanging baskets last year, and am now thinking I’d rather they were brighter, stronger colours, such as red, as they all look a bit insipid.

What’s flowering in your garden in January? It is fairly mild here, we’ve had barely any snow.

2 comments

  1. I enjoyed your garden pictures. Wish I had a moment to get to into the garden at the moment. Or the allotment. There are times I forget I have one of those. I’m in a similar situation to you in that I often find it difficult to find time to blog and taking time to read and comment, much as I enjoy people’s blogs, is often even more difficult to find. But then again, blogging should remain joyful rather than become another chore, so I suppose all we can do is what we can, without making it something that becomes work rather than leisure. 🙂 xx

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