February 19th 2013

19 02 2013

February 19th 2013

It’s another amazingly warm and sunny day and I’ve spent several hours clearing leaves and weeds and dead foliage around the garden. Everywhere I look shoots are appearing and buds are forming. It’s what I love most about gardening – the potential for beauty in leaf and flower in the future. And once you know a garden well, especially one that you have created from scratch, as you work you see how you know it will look in the months to come.





February 18th 2013

18 02 2013

February 18th 2013

Great snowdrops!

 

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February 18th 2013

18 02 2013

Prunus Autumnalis in bloom still.IMG_3320





February 17th 2013

17 02 2013

IMG_3265The cornus controversa that stands above the pond is literally busting into large pink buds. We lost a lower branch last year but it is now shooting from the base





February 17th 2013

17 02 2013

February 17th 2013

A little pond maintenance – now isn’t that my pink wheelbarrow? watch out for the newts, they are everywhere.





February 17th 2013

17 02 2013

February 17th 2013

Snowdrops flowering in the sun. This is a short variety with wide flowers, delicately patterned and very beautiful.





February 7th 2013

17 02 2013

February 7th 2013

Sunrise beyond the cedar tree was so beautiful this morning. And it is a magnificent tree anyway!





February 4th 2013

4 02 2013

February 4th 2013

Hellebore flowers are bursting out all over!





February 3rd 2013

3 02 2013

February 3rd 2013

The end of a dull day in the garden but at least the snow has gone and it hasn’t rained today.





February 2nd 2013

3 02 2013

February 3rd 2013

Spotted a lovely Iris Reticulata Katharine Hodgkin in the garden this morning. It is a lovely pale blue and I love the markings.





January 23rd 2013

23 01 2013

The gardener (that’s me!) just can’t get any work done today or indeed the whole of the week.

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January 22nd 2013 Still snowy!

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Snow everywhere still and the pond is frozen over but the sun came out for a while this morning and it looks very pretty as long as you don’t want to do any gardening!IMG_3092





January 19th 2013 Too cold to go outside but the witch hazel looks good from upstairs!

19 01 2013

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January 14th 2013 – the first snow of the year!

14 01 2013

A little snow this morning but it’s raining and the ice on the pond has melted.January 14th 2013 - the first snow of the year!





January 13th 2013 Self seeded green glory!

13 01 2013

A sunny but cold Sunday with the pond frozen over all day. The  hellebore and euphorbia are both self seeded but fortunately they are in reasonable positions so they can stay and be enjoyed for a few weeks!

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Planting cornus westonbirt in the sun – January 11th 2013

11 01 2013

A great day for planting cornus in the sun!  We’ve got 20 bare rooted westonbirt and 10 midwinter fire to find a home for and we’re mulching at the same time.

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An unusual visitor – January 8th 2013

8 01 2013

An unusual visitor!

An unusual visitor to the garden. We’ve spotted him/her many times over the last couple of years. He’s very aggressive, attacking ordinary squirrels.





Signs of Spring – January 6th 2013

6 01 2013

Today the witch hazel is in full bloom and the hazel catkins are glowing.  I even found a tiny, exquisite violet flowing in the gravel.  I love how the garden changes every day.  Today, I’ve spent a few hours pottering around, raking leaves off the gravel and cutting back dead foliage so that the bulbs and the hellebores can be seen.

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January 2nd 2013 – Yellow Book Year!

2 01 2013

I love this bird in every season and today, the first day of 2013, the sun shone on him!





The National Garden Scheme

5 09 2012

The garden will be open in 2013 for the NGS for the first time.  It has long been Richard’s ambition to have a garden good enough to get into ‘the yellow book’ and at last he has succeeded though no doubt I will be doing most of the weeding!

It’s going to be a challenge to be smart enough but fun as well I hope.