A Year in Our Garden: 2017 in pictures; Part 1: January to March

It is almost a year since I started my blog back in January 2017 when our garden was looking decidedly dull and dreary. The year that followed was our first full year in the garden. Looking back through my photos from that year has been both pleasurable and informative. It is reassuring to remember how the garden springs into life in March and April, reaching its peak in May and June, before growing unwieldy in July and August and going over in September and October, with a last few delights to offer in November.

December and January are not the best months for our north facing back garden, but today I have been clearing a south facing bed out front ready to be turned into raised beds for growing vegetables and cut flowers.

Over the next few days I am going to blog just some of the hundreds of photos I took of our garden in 2017, more than anything as an aide-memoire about what worked and what I need to change. Roll on 2018.

January

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9 January: our garden is looking a little uninspired
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25 January: frosted buddleia
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25 January: Viburnum in flower
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25 January: winter garden

 

February

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11 February: the first of the hellebores I planted is flowering
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16 February: the snowdrops are out
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16 February: this no man’s land will become our veg patch
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19 February: sowing the bog roll beans
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19 February: cleaning out the mini-greenhouse
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19 February: crocuses and Mahonia under the fig tree
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19 February: the shed needs a clear out
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19 February: child dressed inappropriately for the season!
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19 February: the divine Daphne comes into flower
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23 February: Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’
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23 February: Daphne close up
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25 February: we inherited these gorgeous hellebores
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25 February: blossom on the ornamental plum planted by our neighbour between our steps
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25 February: roses pruned, next up weeding!

 

March

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1 March: the broad beans have germinated
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2 March: pink flowering Elephants’ Ears
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2 March: hellebores and dwarf narcissi
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2 March: ornamental plum against a blue sky
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2 March: crocus smiling at the sun
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2 March: bulbs peeking up under the washing line
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2 March: a shady bed
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7 March: Clematis armandii bursts into bloom
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8 March: broad bean seedlings growing apace
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11 March: Helleborus orientalis after the rain
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11 March: planting Miss Gertrude Jekyll
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14 March: Chionodoxa
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14 March: same Chionodoxa cultivar, different blue
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14 March: a Spring corner
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14 March: turning this…
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…into this
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17 March: glad I planted these Narcissi ‘King Alfred Offspring’ to cheer up the season
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21 March: comfrey flower greets the equinox
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23 March: grape hyacinths all in a row
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23 March: cherry blossom!
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23 March: comfrey and daffs
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23 March: through the archway
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24 March: apple blossom buds
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25 March: vest weather
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25 March: electric hair
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25 March: happy tulip
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28 March: the first of the snakeshead fritillaries I planted has appeared
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28 March: clematis in full swing now
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28 March: dill shoots
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28 March: herbaceous border
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30 March: Spring bulb opera
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30 March: Tulipa ‘Purple Flag’

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