19 January 2009 16:04:48
What a change in the weather. Got up this morning to find everywhere covered in snow. I found this poor little cyclamen struggling in these cold conditions.
17 January 2009 22:03:36
Shelter from the south west wind
If it wasn't for this hedge and shelter belt of pine trees we would have been blown away today. Behind the leylandi hedge (which by the way is a pain to keep trimmed because I let it grow too high) is a drop into the woods so the pine trees behind are very tall.
15 January 2009 18:36:03
I photographed what I think is one of the funniest looking plants in the garden today. Its a Juncus called the 'corkscrew rush'. There are lots of rushes in the fields but not too many of these.
14 January 2009 15:47:13
This picture I took today is really for Olga. This tough little plant has been in flower right through our frosty days with temperatures of -6 oC It is in a pot at the back of the house, not even up against the wall.
13 January 2009 22:46:02
These are the stems of the 'whitewashed bramble', this is their winter ghostly colour. They have to be cut in early spring. I forgot to show this to Michele when she visited.
12 January 2009 22:48:55
This is the evergreen Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postil'. It is has flowers at this time of the year and they are powerfully fragrant.
09 January 2009 23:47:38
Plenty of berries left
There are still a lot of berries on the cotoneaster. Quite often I have seen a couple of mistlethrushes eating the berries. They are very attractive looking birds. Ive also put a photo on the album page of the agapanthus leaves.
07 January 2009 22:48:19
I went out in the cold today and there were some lovely sights in the garden, these Juniper trees look so graceful touched by frost.
06 January 2009 23:07:45
Very bare contorted hazel
It really was cold last night. Everywhere pure white with a hoar- frost. I didn't take the camera out today. This photo was taken 2 days ago. The branches are like snakes!
05 January 2009 23:45:20
Lungwort or pulmonaria
These are such a pretty delicate colour and one of the first to flower in the cold garden. They are called pulmonaria. I was just reminded about covering the dahlias, with all the hustle over christmas I didnt do it. Tonight is supposed to be -3 brrrrrrr. Wonder will they survive.
04 January 2009 15:38:44
Happy New Year to everyone.....
It was lovely to meet 'Shelser', Bob, Katie, Eadie and Frodo who called to visit last Friday. I enjoyed showing you around the garden and hearing about your own garden................. Today I dug up some parsnips and one carrot! I only got 3 carrots to grow out of the whole packet. I have already dug and eaten some of the turnips. I know they are small but that was because I didnt plant the seed until July. But I am really encouraged to set more veg this year. Someone said I should put fleece over the cabbage. I can't even remember what variety it is!