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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

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Mid-Winter Blues.

05 December 2017 07:24:26

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At this stage of the year it is hard to have the enthusiasm for getting out into the garden to do any work. The days are so short now and the garden has little colour, but Spring is just around the corner, so I keep telling myself. I always find it more enjoyable to garden in Janurary than December, despite Janurary been colder. I feel the light is coming back into the days once the New Year is in and of course the spring bulbs are starting to flower. The early snowdrops have already started,  Galanthus 'Faringdon's Double, Galanthus 'Three Ships' and an Irish snowdrop Galanthus Castlegar'.

The greenhouse is about as far as I get these days to water and clean off any dead leaves from plants. At this time of year there is a balance about how much watering to do to keep plants ticking over. Paddy did cut the grass a week ago as it has been reasonably dry and any leaves on the grass were cleared as well. The birds are like children with bricks tossing the leaves all over the place, a constant job collecting them.

With the cold weather forcast for Thursday/Friday, I will have to get out today and cover one or two plants that are a little tender.

I am looking forward to the Get together in Johnstown this year as I missed out last year due to a family celebration.  I hope more members  turn up than are posting on the site at present. Hazel is very good to take on the organising of the event again this year and I hope we have a good turn out and who knows maybe the site will be re-launched on the day. Live in hope.


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 December 2017 07:32:54

What a gorgeous pot of succulents, Mary. Is that going to be taken in for the winter, or are they hardy enough?


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 07:39:05

They are hardy, Jacinta. Looking at that photo, I must sink the pot of primulas a bit further down.


LindaB LindaB 05 December 2017 10:39:45

That pot is gorgeous!!


PeterW PeterW 05 December 2017 11:41:32

Looking great Mary, yes an awful time of the year to get motivated or even time for me in the garden but as you say once Christmas is over I find we get back in our stride again and look forward to the year ahead. I will also try make the get together in January and too hope they relaunch the site before everybody leaves.


Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 05 December 2017 16:14:34

Lovely succulents Mary.

I was so glad to read your comment and also Peter's.

I had been feeling quite down because of my lack of interest in the garden. There are some areas I have not looked at in weeks. The whole place looks like a miserable brown blob with islands of weeds!!

But I feel much better now knowing I am not alone so many thanks for a well timed post.


Jackie Jackie 05 December 2017 17:25:54

Great photos Mary. Lovely pot but I love the snowdrops. Looking forward to seeing lots in the Spring. I haven’t had any time outside lately with one thing and another. I hate Oct/Nov but once Dec is gone I just love January. New year new beginnings and Spring coming. My favourite time of the year.  Can’t wait to get going again :) 


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