So, we did actually get some snow this year. Snow doesn’t happen that often in this part of the world, and when it does, there isn’t much of it. But the Beast from the East was on the way. And, well, this was it:

Yep, it didn’t even totally cover the grass.

You can see how it’s really deep here

Still, in many areas not that far from us, there was a lot more snow, so it did cause transport problems as trains run to and from those areas, points froze etc. My journeys to work were fine – I stuck to main roads and everything was gritted and clear – and LO’s nursery remained open, although the local schools ended up closing.

How much snow did you get?


Garden February 2018

It’s been a cold and windy February so far so, unsurprisingly, I haven’t been tempted outside to do any gardening! Just to keep the bird feeders topped up.

There are a few flowers appearing to brighten things up but I can’t wait until spring!

The snowdrops are over but some of the early daffodils are flowering.

The hellebores have looked amazing this year, although the flowers are quite hidden away so you only see them if you know they’re there!

A couple of camellia flowers have opened, although it’s mostly still just buds. This will be covered in flowers in a couple of weeks.

The cyclamen flowers are just about visible and the hyacinth leaves have appeared next to them. The hyacinths should flower just as the cyclamen are dying down.

Pansies in one of the hanging baskets. The daffodil leaves are beginning to appear alongside them.

Rhubarb beginning to emerge! Can’t wait until it’s big enough to pick and eat!

What’s your garden looking like at this time of year?

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.

Garden at the beginning of September 2017

The garden is beginning to look a bit autumnal, probably because of the sunflower drooping on the lawn! 

First nineteen apples of this year’s harvest. These are Red Windsor from the half standard tree.

The Japanese Anenome is still flowering, although it’s getting harder to keep on top of the dead heading! That’s another sunflower drooping into it – we had storms, it made the sunflowers droop.

The red Pyracantha is always the first to get berries, followed by the orange and with the yellow a long way behind.

The non-Chelsea chopped sedum is beginning to flower.

Last few Alstroemeria flowers.


What signs of Autumn are there in your garden? 

Garden at the beginning of August 2017

August has whizzed past, mainly because I was doing extra days at work so haven’t had as much time available as I do normally. Nearly the end of August, but here are a few pics I took at the beginning of the month!

LO loves picking raspberries. She is worse than the birds for stripping the plants bare.

This is one of LO’s sunflowers. It turns out that this toddler activity is very popular at both toddler groups and nursery, so we have several sunflowers to show for it. This one was the first to flower. The nursery one turned out to be five plants as she had clearly sown a handful of seeds rather than just one!

The Gladioli I got from a magazine freebie a few years ago keep coming back. The first year I planted them at fortnightly intervals to keep the flowers coming for an extended period, and they seem to have kept on doing that?! Certainly we have some that are already past their best, and others that haven’t flowered yet. I must remember to send off for this year’s freebie – allium bulbs!

The Japanese Anenome has got huge this year, and seems to have started flowering earlier than usual. It likes to spread so I often have to dig wandering new bits up from places I don’t want them. It has expanded beautifully to fill this border in though, which means you can’t see the earth, and no need to weed!

One of my containers full of flowers. This was the bargain basket bedding plant selection!

A pile of rhubarb harvested at the beginning of the month. We have been rather overwhelmed with rhubarb this year, I think the combination of wet weather and warmth has spurred it on. I ended up taking loads of it to church to give away!

This cheeky little viola popped up in a container with a rose in. I didn’t plant it there…


That’s all for now. Wonder how long it will take me to do the September post, due tomorrow?!

Garden at the beginning of July 2017 

Slight delay getting this first picture as there always seemed to be washing out on the line to get in the way! 

The lawn is yellowing a little with the hot weather we’ve been having – mostly over 30 degrees for several of the last few weeks. Luckily a storm meant the water butt got refilled so we’ve almost entirely managed to keep the garden watered from that.

The containers I planted up at the end of May have really come into their own now. I chose some cheap mixed packs of Impatiens.

The sempervivums are flowering. I love their flowers- they look like alien species! They are loving the hot weather.

Lots of things flowering at the moment. The bees can barely keep up 😉 

I accidentally got these matching pinks without even thinking about the shade when I bought the second plant!

Love this apricot coloured rose. No idea what sort it is as it was already in the garden when we bought the house.

Allium seed head on the lawn. Another candidate for alien invasion?! 

More pink from the spiraea. This was here when we moved in too but I’ve rejuvenated it with some Serious Pruning and it now flowers a lot more. Insects love landing on those large clumps of flowers.

Think that’s all for now.