It’s that time of year when I start writing to-do lists. Let’s face it, January is not a month for actually doing. It’s a month for ‘to-doing’; planning for the year ahead; imagining that this time round we’re going to get it all spit spot, hippity hop, just right.
Who am I kidding? But it’s too cold outside to do much else this weekend, so here just some of the jobs which I am currently sitting contemplating. It’s great to be back joining in with The Propagator, who I am sure is ‘doing’ rather than ‘to-doing’ right now, after a hiatus caused by Christmas mayhem.
- Cutting back: hellebores, crocosmia, ferns
I find cutting back quite a pleasurable job . There is a certain frisson in getting rid of dead and dying material and having a generally good tidy up. The new hellebores are poking through with their strange oriental beauty; green crocosmia shoots are coming up and I feel sure that unfurled fronds are nestling under the old fern.
2. Pruning: roses and Escallonia
There is something deliciously wintry about the long skinny fingers of bare shrubs at this time of year. For now I am just thinking about shaping them. Roses I will do by the book, according to the variety, but I have to be careful not to get too secateur happy with the Escallonia like I did last year. It came back and this year I think just a haircut will suffice.
3. Cleaning the patio
This is what our patio and table and chairs look like after a month of building work, followed by Christmas. We have just had a new bathroom fitted and I am thrilled to say that we now have washing facilities again after a few weeks of showering at the gym (enforced fitness – I only joined to use the showers). Tile cutting went on out here and now everything is covered in a dirty white dust. I am summoning up the energy to deal with it.
4. Plant violas
Did I mention that I am prone to procrastination? I am sure I have featured these in a previous post as I bought them from the National Trust shop at Nymans well before Christmas. They remain unplanted. Must get them in before winter is over.
5. Learning: how to vlog, podcast and take close-ups
See, I’m taking this blogging lark seriously. My darling hubby obliged by buying me these three pieces of kit for Christmas. I have not a clue how to use them, but I guess opening the boxes would be a start. Watch this space for highly amateur video, audio and macro-shots of the garden.
6. What I am actually doing
Working my way through a pile of gardening books, in me slippers, by the fire. Starting with this splendid tome which was a Christmas present from my mum.
I wonder what the rest of you SOSers are up to on this first Saturday of the year. Are you as fairweather as me or are you more hardy souls? I’m working up to it, just one more cup of tea…