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.
Most of the water has drained away now, so the next job is to spread some bark chippings along the path for easier walking.
The borders have now all been tidied, dead material taken to the compost heap, leaves forming a thick carpet where bulbs should be coming through, have been removed and replaced with wonderful crumbly leaf mould. The snowdrops in the foreground are G. Little John.
I have never known the Fritillaria meleagris shoots to be up so soon, they had appeared before Christmas, I’ll have to put Rusty pheasant in place earlier this year.
This is the only area that I have managed to tidy, so next time it isn’t raining, I must make a start on another of the areas that have snowdrops and hellebores, not forgetting the front drive where we have quite a few wild snowdrops.
The weather is due to turn a lot colder next week, thanks to the jet stream moving to the south of us and allowing the cold air from the North Pole to come south to us, I hope all my little bulbs that have burst into growth, can cope with the change.