And so this is Christmas…
Well, I’ve been away from my blog for quite a while, very remiss I know, and obviously my first New Year’s Resolution of 2015 will be to post more regularly, on the first of each month ideally.
But first to fill you in on some developments…
In October there was a lot of bulb planting in my garden – especially tulips in assorted creams, whites, purples and lilacs. I have always wanted to grow Tulipa ‘Spring Green’ so finally got around to planting that little gem of cream and green delight for next spring.
Euphorbia characias wulfenii was moved from my front garden to the back garden, as I had stupidly planted three in the front, where one was far big enough by itself. The removed one is looking happy enough in its new home and helps fill out my south-facing back garden border.
I had a bumper crop of figs – I actually ate about twenty of my own home-grown figs for the first time ever. They tasted great (Brown Turkey) and looked rather lovely too.
And the Quince tree performed very well as well.
I am looking forward to my new Sarcococco ruscifolia ‘Dragon Gate’ doing its thing in January with the lovely cheering scent I have been reading about – newly planted at my front door. A variety selected by the great Roy Lancaster on his travels.
I also acquired my very first gardening client – (wonder of wonders, a kind soul who actually wants to pay me to do the gardening!) – and this has taken up a lot of the last three months. It has been fun planning someone else’s garden, and doing lots and lots of soil improving and planting. Watch this space!
We have planted a lot of quality shrubs with good succession of interest (Cotinus, Rosemary, Buddleia, Sarcococco, Viburnum Opulus, Photinia, Hypericum, Lavender), repeat flowering Old Roses (Old Blush China and Jacques Cartier) to replace tired Hybrid Teas, interesting perennials and bulbs (hellebores, japanese anemones, Agapanthus, Phlomis, hardy geraniums, Euphorbia robbiae, Verbena bonariensis, foxgloves, Alchemilla mollis, Penstemon, Verbascums, Euphorbia characias wulfenii , Sedum, catmints, daffodils, tulips) of a tough and robust nature to beautify the south-facing front garden, generally tidied and provided tender loving care to older plants, and removed vast quantities of wild garlic (horribly invasive).
So finally it only remains to recommend a few last-minute Christmas gifts for gardeners, in case anyone still has a few presents to find for green fingered relatives. Felco secateurs are a must, as are fingerless wool gloves from Toast (to go under tough gardening gloves) and a really good hat. A subscription to the RHS or Gardens Illustrated will be quality gifts to give a year of pleasure and enjoyment.
The gardening book I have most enjoyed this year is Dan Pearson’s Home Farm – a brilliantly detailed book, like all Mr Pearson’s publications, and packed full of insight and wisdom which is a delight to read.
So now I wish all you happy gardeners a very restful holiday break, with your feet up for once, a contented quiet read of some great new gardening books, and happy day-dreams of spring and summer plants to come to tide you through the bleak mid-winter.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy gardening 2015.