January 2015

Happy New Year!

These beauties refuse to hibernate.
These beauties refuse to hibernate.

A grand clear up was in store for me in the garden, as not only was there the last autumn leaf debris to deal with, but also I had to prepare for the builders. To spur me on, I couldn’t help noticing that several clematis refuse to sleep though winter and are flowering now. So pretty.

Dry river-bed full of life in winter.
Dry river-bed full of life in winter.
I love these winter Hellebores.
I love these winter Hellebores they are so delicate.

Whilst tidying up the dry-river bed rockery, I realized that a little more care and love was required. It needed some fresh pebbles and I had an idea of using white hyacinth ‘Antarctica’ as they are in bud at the moment. The visible bulb tops look just like pebbles plus the bulging green buds promises a good show later. I have kept the colours white to represent white wintry water. For the spring I have blue Muscari bulbs already established here, so I was extra careful whilst planting the hyacinths. I couldn’t resist several delicate little hellebores ‘Verboom Beauty’ to finish it off.
Obviously a real dry riverbed would be flanked with drought liking grasses. I have plenty of Ophiopogon black grass and used a few plants here too. A small blue-green fluffy ornamental variety looks great against the rocks too.

Last minute tulip bulbs get potted up
Last minute tulip bulbs get potted up

I’ve moved all my tulip-packed containers out of the builders’ way and a quick tally has had me wondering how I have ended up to so many. They are all full of bargains at the garden center. Bulbs that were already sprouting in their packets were half price. I couldn’t resist black, orange and purple. I’m not sure how they will fare but look forward to seeing them in spring.

Purple heather look so funky on the wall rack.
Purple heather look so funky on the wall rack.
I'm very proud of my home-made wreath.
I’m very proud of my home-made wreath.

I found some purple heather that matches my front door so these were duly planted into the rack and compliment my succulent wreath at the front door.

I’m harvesting leeks, parsnips and carrots at the allotment. My Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale have all been a complete failure. Last year I grew all of the veg for Christmas dinner but this year it I failed with the Brussels. Next year it’ll be different again, and there will be more nice surprises to come that will out-do the disappointments. That I can guarantee.

I'm only missing potato and Brussel sprouts for the Christmas dinner.
I’m only missing potato and Brussel sprouts for the Christmas dinner.

 

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A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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