Our weather is strange; three or four days of very cold weather and rain; then a couple of days of glorious sunshine, so bright it was almost too strong to be eating lunch on the terrace without some shade! Continue reading
The flowers in my vase today were picked on Saturday as like most of northern Europe we are forecast snow and temperatures in the range of minus 5 to minus 11°C. I don’t know if the temperatures will dip so low but the 50 km per hour winds from the north are very likely indeed; my garden is windy at the best of times and when the wind is from the north or northeast it is not unknown for my heavy caste iron chairs to be flung from the terrace onto the gravel. Continue reading
On the 26th January I wrote about my busy gardening week; but since then the weather has been anything but good so most of the work done has been in the greenhouse (report coming soon) rather than the garden.
Today, at last, there has been soon sunshine that had a little warm in it so I was able to prune most of the mutabilis roses. They had been pruned badly (by me) as a hedge between the drive and the vegetable garden. To be brutally honest they are too large a rose for where I have planted them; add to this that they have been cut so as not to scratch the cars and to keep them back from the pathway in the vegetable garden – the result was crossed stems and new strong shoots beginning high up old stems. I pruned all but three of the roses; I’ll show you what they look like when I’ve completed them all. But suffice to say that the view of the onion bed is now very open!
I have another tulip that is not as described on the pack; one has reached flowering stage well before the others but instead of Daytona (White frilled) I have this…..
It is fringed as Daytona should be and is not unattractive but it is always disappointing when things aren’t what they should be.
Or as it should be Crocus Tommasinianus Lilac Beauty (seems a very long name for something so delicate)
There are thousands of Grape hyacinths in the garden but this is the only one flowering.
You can see last year’s Sedum stems need cutting back – I have done some of the many around the garden; those remaining are growing quickly which makes cutting the stems off low more difficult.
When Chloris at The Blooming Garden writes her post for February flowers I’ll link to it.
I hope you are finding at least a few garden when you can get on with some work in the garden.
First of the year.