January 2014

Rainbow January sky

 

A new year and a new start for the garden

It’s the time for taking stock of past failures and successes in the January Garden. Just when you think there’s a natural pause to proceedings, a time to sit and contemplate, nature has other plans. After our hectic festive period, with the usual chaos of visiting relatives around the country, shopping, wrapping, decorating and still managing to find the time to do all the other things we somehow fit into the days plus a minor amount of flooding and a very sick Chocolate Labrador (who is thankfully on the mend), the garden was neglected.

Evergreens

Helleborus foetidissima
Helleborus foetidissima

So when I took my promenade around the patch it felt as if I had been away for months. We moved in just before Christmas 2012 so the garden looks again as it did when I first met it; the box balls standing proud in an otherwise drab scene.  However, it also highlights how much has changed in a year. The new Crab-apple tree is adding height to proceedings as planned. The new hazel is starting to unfurl its display which always reminds me of orange peel ribbons going into the Christmas cake.

Euphorbia
Euphorbia

 There are two Hollies in black planters which now sit either side of the old stable door (they used to be front door quality but they’re in need of some TLC and replanting). They still look statuesque guarding the entrance though.

Holly leaves
Holly leaves

 

New growth

Excitingly the narcissi have started to peak through the compost in their pots. A harbinger of spring, I am always disappointed that these tend to flower later in the season, almost arriving too late to be appreciated as the Aquilegias kick off.

narcissus
Narcissus breaking through

Even more exciting in the ‘nursery’ (A small covered patch of the top courtyard garden sheltered behind the barn where my young’uns grow up) is the site of Arum italicum germinating. I sowed these last winter but nothing happened. I’m glad now that I gave them another year to come through, although the snails seem to be glad as well.

Arum italicum germinating
Arum italicum germinating

And so to resolutions. My main resolution this year has to be to mulch. I didn’t do any last year, having just moved in and wanting to get a feel for the soil and what might come up, however, with the recent flood  I think the ground needs some TLC.

Happy New Year.

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