Our back garden is north-facing and on a slope. In summer it gets plenty of sunshine and is a lovely place to be but at this time of year it is rather dank. Because it slopes down to the house, our patio is cold, wet and slippery. Next year we are hoping to redo our kitchen and sort out this area at the same time. I dashed out yesterday to take some pics from the back garden where there are still lots of winter treasures growing. The best thing at this time of year are the trees and shrubs which provide a soothing outlook from the house.
Fortunately our front garden is south facing and gets sun at all times of year so in 2021 when I regain my gardening mojo, this is where I will start off.
All hail The Propagator, who invites us to share six things from our garden each week all year round, even when it’s hard to drum up much enthusiasm in December!
1. Fatsia flowers
Our Fatsia was a bit slower to flower than other SOSers this year. We are on the south coast in East Sussex but I have noticed things seem to flower slightly earlier to the west of us. I always enjoy the weird shape of these flowers.
2. Mexican orange blossom
Our Choisya ternata is having a second coming. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it in flower this late in the year.
3. Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’
We didn’t actually plant this but I’m pretty sure it’s Dawn, a classic winter flowering shrub which bears these pretty pale pink clusters of scented flowers on leafless branches.
4. Holly berries
This holly doesn’t have the classic spiny leaves but it does bear lots of glossy crimson berries.
5. Last of the roses
They’re still going – at this rate we’re going to have roses all year round. A bit battered and bruised but there are still several blooms on Lady of Shalott.
New growth on the hellebores is poking through reminding me it’s time to cut the old growth back.