But for how long?!
It has been so wet for such a long time now, we have escaped the worst of the weather that has been thrown at us, but non stop rain is so depressing! The garden is absolutely sodden, flooded in places even and the drainage ditch in front of the woodland is almost a stream. We have had various storms passing through which have brought lots of small branches and twigs down in the woodland, but no big branches thank goodness.
What we have had though are some wonderful sunrises on the few days that it hasn’t been raining.
The large Camellia bush in the corner of the garden started flowering long before Christmas and is getting better all the time.
It must be quite sheltered where it is as it hasn’t been damaged by the few frosts that we have had.
I’ve never known so many flowers on this Camellia before, it is amazing.
All the other camellias are covered in beautiful fat buds, thanks to a very wet summer, just when they needed moisture to form their flowers for this year.
This group of snowdrops were flowering in November, goodness knows why! This group are finished now but the others aren’t far behind.
Wingter Jasmine, by the front door, has decided to start flowering, this is its first one.
G. Little John has decided to flower early too.
At last, a flower on Hamamellis pallida, I think she needs more sun, I’ll have to cut the bay bush that is behind her.
The Chaenomeles by the back door started flowering in November and is now covered with masses of buds which are now starting to open.
Soon it will be covered with lovely flowers as long as we don’t get too much frost.
Cyclamen coum are starting to flower, hopefully there will soon be lots of them.
Some evenings when the rain has stopped, we have had some wonderful sunsets.
Lots more snowdrops are starting to flower, but I think I’ll keep them for GBBD. I would just like the rain to give me an opportunity to get out into the garden once more to tackle the mess that looks at me each day. Everywhere is so wet underfoot and I know that I would make such a mess with my big feet, its best to stay off the soil until it dries out a bit. This is the first dry day that we have had for weeks, but I don’t think it’s going to last very long.
How is your weather, are you able to garden or are you like me, waiting for the weather to improve?