I have to confess that I’ve hardly done anything in the garden this week, we’ve had a complete mix of weather from hard frosts to mild afternoons, rainy days and dry days. Unfortunately the days which would have been good for gardening, I was engrossed in finishing a patchwork quilt!
The hard frost has nipped some of the allium shoots coming through so they’ve all got curly tops! The dwarf daffodils have started flowering, I love these as they seem a lot more robust than the taller ones, maybe because they don’t stick their heads so far above the parapet so they are less likely to be shot down by bad weather!
The camellia next to our conservatory is looking good, I always smile smugly when I see this shrub as I rescued it from under a privet hedge in my mothers garden when she was moving house, it was still in it’s little plant pot, dry as a bone, with two twigs and about three leaves! I repotted it and the following year planted it out. It’s now about 4′ tall, I think this year it’s going to need a good prune after flowering as it’s getting a bit leggy.
There’s a few shrubs still need pruning, a eucalyptus which is heading for the sky, a group of cornus which I grow for the winter stems and a buddleia are the most urgent at the moment, together with the rose hedge!
The birds are starting to build their nests, I’ve seen a few carrying twigs off, I’m hoping they’ll use the nest boxes again. Two goldfinches visited the feeders briefly but as the sunflower feeder was empty at that point, they flew off in disgust! They are fussy eaters, only interested in sunflower or niger seeds! In amongst my pots I’ve got a water feature, a little pond made from one of the bigger ceramic pots, I’ve often watched the birds drink from it, but yesterday a blackbird and then a robin had a right good splashy bath in it, it was lovely to watch but what made me smile was that it was raining heavily at the time, you think they’d be wet enough!
Green shoots are starting to appear on the trees and shrubs, it always interests me how different shrubs start at very different times, the philadelphus is always one of the first adding a welcome splash of fresh green to the garden
Last year my New Year resolution was to post a photo of the garden every day on facebook, it’s the first time I’ve managed to keep a resolution going all year, ok it wasn’t every day, but I did manage most days. I started in the hope I would then appreciate the nice things in the garden, instead of just seeing weeds and work. It turned out a lot more encouraging than I could ever have imagined. I have just made the photos into a photobook, a year in the garden. I noticed a photo taken on May 1st and the garden looks so green! …that’s only six weeks away, so when I look at my garden now and think it looks uninspiring I can think ‘Yes, but in six weeks time it will look like this!!’