Conservatory colour carries on.

Colour is still showing in the bulbs and plants which we have in the cool conservatory, they have now been joined by Hippeastrum and Narcissus,  some of the early ones to flower have now finished and will soon be planted in the garden, at least they will be when the rain stops and the garden dries out a bit!

Narcissus Tete a Tete.

Narcissus Tete a Tete.

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I blame Imogen.

Imogen is the name of the latest storm to hit the UK, she came rushing across the Atlantic on Friday night and hit the west coast and dumped so much rain on top of us when she met land. Once again the west coast is flooded, the weekend had non stop rain for 2 days with accompanying gales. Going to the next town this morning, I had to make 2 detours because of fallen trees.

Cherubeer garden.

Snowdrops at Cherubeer garden.

Not the ideal time for garden visiting, but yesterday was the only chance we would get as the garden is only open one other Sunday and I think the snowdrops would be over by then as they are a few weeks ahead of their usual flowering time.

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Sorting the front border.

Usually we have the front border sorted by December so that we can see the snowdrops under the red stemmed Cornus, unfortunately that wasn’t possible last year and we are only just doing it now. We didn’t manage to give the Pyracantha its usual trim the previous year as the undergardener was starting on his treatment for his prostate. To say that everything had got rather out of hand is an understatement, there was nothing else to do, but bite the bullet and get on with it!

The mess on the left is the pile of pyracantha clippings

The mess on the left is the pile of pyracantha clippings

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The Great British Birdwatch.

Getting ready for the Great British birdwatch of 2016 started on Saturday 30th January, when I made them a bird cake. On Sunday 31st January we filled up all the feeders to make sure that there was plenty of food available.

Birdcake.

Birdcake.

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Bits and Pieces.

We woke up to the most amazing sunrise the other morning, it was such a beautiful sight while it lasted but was over so quickly.

Sunrise.

Sunrise.

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The Single Wildings are now joining in.

Snowdrop time is a wonderful time of year.  January wouldn’t normally have me rushing into the garden each morning, too cold, too wet, but plant a few snowdrops and that soon changes. It’s on with the wellies and waterproofs as the”Specials” have been flowering for over a month now, my very first ones are going over, the mid season ones are in full flower and even the supposedly late ones are showing white and will soon be joining the party, they are all a lot earlier this year than previous years. I have been keeping an eye on the single wild ones which normally are in flower for the third weekend in February (if anyone wanted to come and see the snowdrops, that is when they were usually invited), this year though, they have already started flowering, so they are now 3 or 4 weeks earlier than usual. The double wild ones are just starting to open, a little behind the singles.

Growing on the side of the ditch.

Growing on the side of the ditch.

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Catch up time again.

Garden Bloggers Foliage Day for January passed me by as we didn’t have internet access for 5 days. I don’t know if it was a coincidence or what, but we had a power cut the night before and found we couldn’t use our lap tops the next day. It was finally sorted yesterday, so I will now try to get up to date once more.

The ground is still absolutely sodden with all our rain, so I wasn’t able to go round the garden looking for interesting foliage, however we had a frost, so frosty leaves will have to do instead!

Frosty oak leaf.

Frosty oak leaf.

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Come in from the cold.

I like to have bulbs flowering in the conservatory at this time of year. The conservatory is only kept frost free, with a little heater that keeps the temperature at +5C during the night, during the day it just has to cope by itself!

Conservatory flowers.

Conservatory flowers.

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It all starts again. GBBD January 2016.

In fact it doesn’t start again, it’s never stopped! Once again though, it is time for GBBD on the 15th of the month and this month has quite a few little beauties flowering at the moment. Until a few days ago the weather has been very mild for well over a month, in fact it seemed as though November had never ended. Now though, temperatures have plummeted, the wind is straight from the North Pole and we have had one or two slight frosts but they don’t seem to have affected any of the flowers so far.

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At least the Woodland is Tidy!

Over a month of rain in December and for the first week of January, has left the woodland looking rather sodden and a bit flooded in places where the water can’t get away.

Standing water.

Standing water.

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