I am glad I took this week’s photos yesterday when the sun was shining as I am now sitting at my desk looking out of the window at a cold, grey, drizzle.
Beastly weather may be back with us, but there is plenty to be optimistic about in the garden, with new shoots, the first crocuses and even some January flowers.
As ever, I am joining in with The Propagator and his loyal and growing band of followers in posting six things from our garden on a Saturday.
- The first crocuses
It is lovely to see the slender lilac crocus flowers emerge from the earth. These were here when we moved in and have spread across a corner of the lawn and what I am calling my woodland border.
Some SOSers already have snowdrops in full flower in their gardens, but ours are just about to burst. I lifted and divided this clump last year so am glad to see they have come back and the ones I moved are also about to come into flower.
3. Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’
I saw a wonderful picture on Instagram the other day of a whole host of Midwinter Fire dogwoods looking like flames. I bought my solitary specimen from Wakehurst Place last winter and am hoping that I can soon take cuttings from it and propagate some more of my own.
The yellow sprays of Mahonia threading through the fig tree are always a welcome sight to brighten up the January gloom.
I can never quite make my mind up about Bergenia. For much of the year these ‘Elephant ears’ provide ground cover, but look a bit scrappy and are a paradise for slugs and snails. But there is something to be said for a plant that can produce flowers this pink in the middle of winter.
6. Side passage
Now that our building work is finished, I can reclaim our side passage. It is looking rather forlorn at the moment. I have put my mini-greenhouse here to provide some garden workspace for the front garden, but any suggestions to brighten this area up are welcome. It is west-facing and shaded by the neighbouring house.
That’s all for this week. Don’t forget to head on over to see what The Propagator is up to this week.