The Winter Garden

It’s been a while since I blogged last – this year has bought a few things along that have meant my focus has had to be elsewhere for a while, but that’s potentially for another blog, for now though back to the garden which has been a little neglected lately.

After the snow last weekend today was the first time I’ve been at home in day light to be able to see what was going on and if any damage was caused to anything.

I’m pleased to say that very little damage occured, just one plant suffered due to the weight of the snow that fell.  Our rosemary bush has lost one of it’s main branches, snapped off at the trunk.  A real shame as this branch really gave it some shape, but hoppefully the rest of the plant will be ok.

Otherwise the rest of the garden is looking exactly as one would expect at this time of year.

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The perennials have all died right back, and the annuals have all gone.  It looks incredibly bare, but that’s to be expected.

The planned woodland area is in good shape, the Grape Hiacinth (Muscari) are sprouting, but nothing yet from the bluebell and snowdrop bulbs, although I suspect we’re still a little early for those.  The plum tree and the weeping birch, although bare of leaves, have plenty of buds on them.  There’s even some catkins on the hazels which is the first time they’ve ever appeared.  And through the remains of the snow there’s still some colour coming from the primulas and cyclamens.

Our Gunnera has, well, dissolved is probably the best description.  It didn’t really get going at this year, the actual rhubarb in the garden was three times of the size of this giant rhubarb.  A real shame, but hopefully it’ll come back next year and show us what it can really be.

There’s definitely still some tidying to do around the pond as I didn’t get to tidy that up before winter hit.  It’s still very green, but it’s all wilting, especially the enormous Calla Lily that grew to a spectacular size but without flower.

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There’s something a little sad about this time of year, however seeing all the buds on the plants just gives you that little bit of hope that things will come back bigger and better next season.  Seeing the shoots of the 100 Aliums in the Alium bed breaking through is a promise of colour I can’t wait to see.

Elswhere, the beds are in a good place.  I managed to get them tidied and weeded, everything trimmed back, pulled out where necessary and prepared for replanting in the new year.

There’s still some colour in the roses which is surprising,  in the snow last week one red rose shone through in the whiteness, and the two miniature pinks are still going.  The yellow stopped a month or so ago, but the pinks are still budding and flowering, here’s hoping for Christmas flowers.

So along with the little splashes of colour, the new shoots from the bulbs and buds on the trees there is plenty of new growth going on every where.  Out lovely little Hebe’s have shot up and are glowing purple at the moment, and the conifers have visible growth.

As this year comes to an end, the promise of what is to come next year fills me with actual excitement.  I’ve still got lots to learn and this is really my first year of gardening through winter, but I’m genuinely pleased with the progress over the past year and am looking forward to next year – new plants, new knowledge and new adventures.

So here’s to 2018 and lots of new gardening fun to be had.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone.

Paul x

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