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.
The garden is beginning to look summery as all the bulb foliage has died down.
Looking across the patio to the lawn with the herbs in the foreground
Both of the apple trees have plenty of fruit forming despite some low temperatures when the blossom was there.
Escallonia ‘Apple blossom’ bought on a holiday a few years ago and covered in flowers despite a lot of pruning earlier this year!
We spent the bank holiday Monday last week at the garden centre buying container plants, which I then planted up that afternoon. LO was meant to be helping but had an epic three hour nap instead!
Some of the containers in situ. Just have to remember to keep them watered but luckily LO is a keen plant waterer so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Salvia flowers- a present for LO’s Christening last year.
This rose is always covered in flowers each week too. I like the contrast between the flowers and the purple Physocarpus behind.
The blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes are covered in fruit and the rhubarb is getting huge.
Wow, so much has started growing in the garden in the last month, and I desperately need to get out there to do some gardening!
The lawn is still mossy and rather squelchy under foot.
There are crocuses and daffodils everywhere, looking lovely, bright and cheerful. After a cold winter the beginning of March has been warmer than normal so there are plenty of signs of Spring around.
The only herbs I’ve got left are this pot of chives, which has just started sprouted again. I did have herbs planted in the raised bed at the back of the garden, but we had to lose that section when we had the building work done last year. I never got round to doing anything about replacing them last year as LO was still so small and took up lots (!) of time. This year I’m planning to grow the herbs we use most often (rosemary, thyme, basil, mint) in pots on the patio, where LO will be able to see and smell them easily (and probably also pull them up!).
The Camellia buds are waiting to burst open. Any day now.
More signs of new growth. This is the first sign of the Dicentra appearing. Within weeks it’ll be big and covered with beautiful heart-shaped flowers. It has self-sown some seedlings nearby too, which you can see towards the edge of the photo.
I love these Hellebores. I grew them from seed taken from one given to us by our neighbour. The original had much paler flowers but these have turned out to be deep pink. Our garden is quite sunny but this area in the front garden, tucked in behind the wall, is shadier and seems to be better for growing woodland type plants.
The containers I planted up in the Autumn with some help from LO. Tiny daffodils with some winter-flowering pansies. Quick, simple but effective! I need to cut back the Japanese anemome stems from last year to the left of the picture.
Think that’s all for this month. Have your Spring flowers started to appear too?