As I write it is freezing and gloomy and I am contemplating a run. I have just dashed out into the garden to take pictures – actually on a Saturday (I usually take them the day before). So this is as real time as it gets. I am delaying my run a little longer while I post my six, joining in with The Propagator – whose long distance runs put me to shame – and his green-fingered followers.
1. Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’
I bought this dogwood from Wakehurst Place about three years ago and it has grown considerably since then. This variety is known for its ombré winter sunset hues.
2. Snowdrops and helenium
The snowdrops are not quite out yet so will feature them again in full bloom. They are seen here with the attractive russet coloured new growth on our Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’.
As you walk across our threadbare frozen muddy lawn a delightful scent distracts from the sorry grass beneath your feet – it is our Mahonia threaded through the fig tree.
4. New fence
This time next week there will be a new addition to our family: Baxter the chocolate cockapoo. In preparation for his arrival we are having our fence repaired (yes we have got the good side as it’s technically our neighbours’ fence). There is still a lot of work to be done to make it puppy proof though and we won’t leave him outside alone as we have a pair of foxes who regularly visit the back of the garden.
I couldn’t resist just one photo from yesterday when the skies were blue. This was taken on our daily exercise in Baxter’s Field, a green space about a minute’s walk from our house. Although our new puppy is named after it he won’t be able to go there as it is dog free.
6. Hyacinth bouquet and E.T.
In case you were wondering about the title of this week’s blog here’s the reason. I am writing this while inhaling the delicious odour of these Delft blue hyacinths. E.T. was one of my favourite toys (and films) from the 80s!