A frosty morning on Lammas Land
Well, sadly I did not manage to stick to my New Year’s Resolution of posting on the first of every month, but at least in that failing, some other things got done instead, namely the second module of my garden design course was completed and submitted, which was gratifying (roll on the next four projects!…)
I must do better in subsequent months to blog post on time!
Moth orchid in the February sun
Coronilla and Euphorbia still cheerily yellow in the snow
[I have done everything I can think of to get rid of the odd grid that has appeared above this text, but it refuses to leave, so please just ignore it!]
January and February are of course famously difficult months for everyone – despite the fun of starting afresh with a new year and new projects and resolutions, the unrelenting stubborn cold can freeze even the happiest spirits, and make gardeners long for the satisfaction and surprise of spring and everything rushing headlong into flower and greenery.
So, there has been an awful lot of frost, which is often very picturesque…
Libertia and rosemary
and even a little bit of snow as well….
Phlomis russeliana seedheads wearing fetching snow hats
Anemanthele lessoniana and box
In fact there is plenty to enjoy in the garden at this time of year, as long as you have planted some things to glory in during these barren months.
Firstly there are snowdrops – wonderfully tough bulbs that press on resolutely in the cold and grey, and just insist that you crouch down and have a proper gaze at their exquisite detail.
Hellebores are always such stalwarts coming up with the glamorous goods winter after winter. Its a good idea to turn their heads round so you can see the inside the flowers.
And then there are the evergreens, which we suddenly remember with such affection when all else is skeletal and grey. These are the true foundations of the garden, the backbone and the rocks of our gardening lives in the winter – a constant matrix of reassuring gravitas and glossy steadfastness. The following evergreens are all greatly recommended –
Mahonia (in my parents’ garden)
Garrya elliptica (also in my parents’ garden)
Clematis armandii in bud
Sarcococca ruscifolia var.chinensis ‘Dragon Gate’
And, of course, the anticipation of the delights to come also keeps us all going as the bulbs begin to emerge.
Emerging daffodil Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’
I have also been continuing gardening for my client, which is very enjoyable, having another garden to think about, alongside my own and that of my parents.
Freak hail storm stops work for a little while
And yesterday my client’s lovely dainty crocus were all emerging in the cold – every one weeded around carefully by hand as they are beginning to naturalise so well. That way I really got to look at their delicate beauty close up.
Whilst the wonderful venerable Magnolia towered above myself and the crocuses, impressively in bud against the grey clouds.
So, now I finally have my work station properly organised at last, (instead of hiding my drawing board away each day!), its properly full steam ahead with my KLC course…
Happy gardening and dreaming of spring!