Having been away for a couple of weeks over Christmas there is lots to catch up with. The weather while we were away was mild with some rain (in the greenhouse the maximum temperature was 39.8°C with a low of 0.6°C; these extremes didn’t cause any of the plants to suffer, indeed some small plants of Pak Choi are growing very well making me wish I had planted more things that could have been used as salad leaves).
New Year’s Eve and Day were amazing; sunny and warm to the extent that had we not been with friends for lunch yesterday we would certainly have eaten outside it was so warm, even when sitting still.
I thought I’d combine my links to memes all in one go so imagine it’s still Monday for Cathy’s A vase for Monday. I actually picked the flowers for the dinner party I was giving on NY’sE; I truly didn’t expect there to be so many perfect roses to use.
I used 8 blooms of Rosa Molineux and three Iris unguicularis; for foliage and some sweet smelling flowers too of Eleagnus augustifolia plus silver foliage from Santolina, Artemisia ‘Powys Castle’ and Senecio cineraria. I included a huge candle to complete the arrangement.
The slope looks much as it did in December, more of the Californian poppies have been removed to give the rest a chance to grow properly and so that other plants are strangled.
The long view this month again doesn’t look very different from December; the crab apple has now lost all its leaves so that the brightly coloured fruits are now the main focus. I’ll link this in with Heather at Xericstyle when her post is up.
I also took a photographic inventory of everything blooming on 31st December which contained some surprised but perhaps that’s enough for today and I’ll tell you what was flowering in a couples of days.
It only remains to wish you all very Happy Gardening in 2014. With all my very best wishes, especially to those of you who comment regularly and who are my virtual gardening friends, thank you for all your helpful and encouraging comments during 2013; I’ll look forward to reading about your gardens in 2014.