Formality in January. GBFD.

It is cold, it is freezing, so I just popped out very quickly to take some photos for today’s Foliage Day hosted by Christina at My Hesperides Garden. I hope you are warm and safe Christina, after seeing the news about the earthquake and avalanche near you, thank goodness they are still finding people alive.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families caught up in it.

The rose garden is between the house and garage and was the nearest area of foliage to photograph and therefore the quickest, so I could get back into the warm house! In the summer, the rose bushes are billowing everywhere and you can hardly see the box balls for the flowers, but in the winter, they come into their own and form the formal structure of the area.

Buxus sempervirens.

Buxus sempervirens.

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January flowers for GBBD, 2017

The dreaded snow coming down from the Arctic the other day managed to almost miss us, thank goodness. We woke to just a tiny smattering of snow which soon vanished once the sun rose in the sky, we were so lucky as the rest of the country really suffered. Plants that were flowering looked a bit sorry for a while but soon perked up once more and were fit to be photographed for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Just a sprinkling.

Just a sprinkling.

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A little Late.

Usually flowering by Christmas is Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation, however it is now making up for lost time with new buds opening each day.

N. Rijnveld's Early Sensation

N. Rijnveld’s Early Sensation

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Natures New Year Gift.

While tidying the woodland a few days ago, getting it ready for the snowdrop season, I saw a little sapling of only about 12 inches tall, growing at the side of the path next to some cyclamen

Unknown seedling.

Unknown seedling.

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Happy New Year!

Most of you are writing such wonderful posts of all your achievements in the garden for 2016 and for all your hopes in 2017. I certainly didn’t achieve much last year, the only new bit done was the gravel garden at the back. I couldn’t even keep up with the normal maintenance and have had to get someone to help me sort out the mess that had appeared in all the beds.

Iris unguicularis.

Iris unguicularis.

So far between us, we have sorted out half the garden, the beds nearest the house and the ones that we can see from the windows.

Chaenomeles.

Chaenomeles.

The rest will be done soon I hope and hopefully one more border will have a makeover during the summer.

Wild Primrose.

Wild Primrose.

The undergardener is still having chemo, and is not able to do any gardening as the side effects are cumulative and now, even in good weeks, he is very weak and wobbly. His eighth session is tomorrow, 2 more to go after that.

Frosty first thing this morning.

Frosty first thing this morning.

I had a bad reaction to the flu jab they give to us oldies in the autumn and haven’t been very good for quite a number of weeks now, all the muscle pains have returned which does limit how much gardening I can do each day.

Viburnum bodnantense Dawn

Viburnum bodnantense Dawn

It might have been frosty first thing, but now the sun is out and just look at that blue sky, good enough to tempt me out this afternoon and get a little bit of gardening done!

Snowdrops in the woodland.

Snowdrops in the woodland.

With all the flowers starting to pop up,  the sunshine and the garden are tempting me to be outside once more. If I manage to do a little each day, I’m sure the garden will eventually be back to how I like it.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that it is a healthier one for both of us here.

 

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We’re Back!

Back in touch with the World Wide Web I mean! We suddenly had the plug pulled on us by Talk Talk on 27th November after they told us that we had approached another provider. Not true we said, we have not been in touch with any other provider, doesn’t matter they said, we are cutting you off. It didn’t matter what we said, they just wouldn’t listen and cut us off.

Christmas cactus.

Christmas cactus.

We were then told they would reconnect us on 13th December, we checked with the engineer,  they hadn’t received any notification and said it would be the 15th.

Primula.

Primula.

I don’t know how many phone calls later, the undergardener was speaking to supposedly the chap in charge of Talk Talk, He told us we couldn’t be reconnected as now there was a fault with British Telecom, it would now be 24th December! Too late to wish you all a Happy Christmas as we were away visiting our daughter and family for Christmas.

Cyclamen coum on the front drive.

Cyclamen coum on the front drive.

All the photos for this post were taken on either Christmas Eve or this morning.

Iris unguicularis on the front drive.

Iris unguicularis on the front drive.

Winter Jasmine by the front door.

Winter Jasmine by the front door.

Snowdrop Mrs MacNamarra by the front door.

Snowdrop Mrs McNamara by the front door.

Winter flowering heather by the dead oak.

Winter flowering heather by the dead oak.

Mahonia Charity by the dead oak.

Mahonia Charity by the dead oak.

Bergenia.

Bergenia.

Vibernum bodnantense Dawn

Vibernum bodnantense Dawn

I wonder if these flowers will survive the frost we had last night.

I wonder if these flowers will survive the frost we had last night.

Most of the roses have been cut back now, but Iceberg is still struggling on.

Most of the roses have been cut back now, but Iceberg is still struggling on.

Also Bonica must be cut back soon.

Also Bonica must be cut back soon.

Chaenomeles by the back door.

Chaenomeles by the back door.

Snowdrop Midwinter.

Snowdrop Midwinter.

Just about showing colour is Hamamelis mollis in the woodland.

Just about showing colour is Hamamelis mollis in the woodland.

Sarcococca also in the woodland.

Sarcococca also in the woodland.

Cyclamen coum in the woodland, this doesn't spread anything like as much as C. hederifolium.

Cyclamen coum in the woodland, this doesn’t spread anything like as much as C. hederifolium.

Snowdrop Farringdon double, but who has been chewing my label?

Snowdrop Farringdon double, but who has been chewing my label?

Snowdrop Anglesey Abbey, this is an all white one, no inner markings.

Snowdrop Anglesey Abbey, this is an all white one, no inner markings.

Garrya elliptica.

Garrya elliptica in the corner of the back garden.

From a distance, I didn't think the flowers had opened, but on looking closer, I found that lots had.

From a distance, I didn’t think the flowers had opened, but on looking closer, I found that lots had.

It is good to be back home once again and in touch with you all, I missed you and it’s going to take me forever to sort out all my e.mails.  I wish you all a very Happy New Year and a better internet connection for us!

 

 

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Foliage for November GBFD.

Foliage becomes more and more important once the flowers are winding down for the winter. After a good autumn weatherwise, we were blessed with wonderful autumn tints, I think the best ever. Most of these have been blown away by our first named storm of the winter, Storm Angus or been swept up by me to make wonderful leaf mould, to add back to the garden at a future date. There are still plenty of leaves to come down and they will keep me busy for quite some time, in the meantime I will enjoy them.

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Hanging on. GBBD November.

There aren’t many flowers still blooming in the garden, a couple of frosts have seen to that, but there a few stalwarts still hanging on in there.

Most of the roses have finished flowering, but Bonica keeps going.

Most of the roses have finished flowering, but Bonica keeps going.

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Frost and Fungi.

Our first frost came at the weekend and our second was last night, but that didn’t amount to much, but thank goodness all the tender plants were safely tucked away keeping nice and warm. Frost though has a beauty all of its own, nature has a way of decorating the garden with little touches that make the leaves look beautiful.

An icy edging to the ivy.

An icy edging to the ivy.

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A mixed bag for the end of October.

To start with, ” Sowing a lawn” . I have seen on TV many a time, the theory behind sowing grass seed, I have watched Geoff Hamilton, Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don demonstrate preparing the soil, doing the gardeners shuffle over it, sowing the seed,  then raking it all. Now it was time to put it all into practice, where some shrubs had grown over the lawn in the back, by the gravel area.

Just a little area, but big enough for my first try at sowing grass seed.

Just a little area, but big enough for my first try at sowing grass seed.

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