End of the Month View – January 2018

Its the end of January and for one reason and another I have hardly done any gardening this year. We were away for five weeks travelling in Laos in December which was great but while we were away lots of little admin jobs seem to stack up waiting to be done. I will do some travel blogs on Laos shortly now that I have got the list of jobs done.

Before we went away we had a concentrated tidy up of the garden. Thank goodness we did as the weather has not been great since we got back with snow, frosts and rain and even more rain! As a result there are lots of gardening jobs waiting to be done and February is going to be very busy!18_01_29_8456This was one of the rare bits of sunshine looking across the garden and I will be honest in this photo it looks almost identical to the November EoMV18_01_29_8458But looking a little closer we can see many alliums and tulips already making considerable growth.18_01_29_8459Similarly in this bed but it also highlights the climbing roses that will need to be tamed in February. (I know it is a bit late but I am sure they will survive.)18_01_29_8457Elsewhere spring bulbs are starting to put on a show. This bed is largely snowdrops and aconites.  18_01_29_8464Here the snowdrops and aconites mingle with some really beautiful Cyclamens (variety not known) and an Iris Histrioides Katherine Hodgkin. This really is the essence of spring.18_01_29_8461This bed is more designed with Yew balls under planted with Hakonechloa macra. In spring clumps of snowdrops come up to extend the interest in the bed.18_01_29_8462Aconites and Iris Reticualata bring real colour to the spring beds.18_01_29_8463As I said we have had some very hard frosts, -7 c at times and the Euphorbia ‘Mellifera’, a plant that has marginal hardiness in this area has not enjoyed the cold. I think it will be OK but has certainly been knocked back a bit.

17_03_23_5108Other jobs completed have been the potting up of around 80 dahlia tubers. These had been drying out in our garage but have now been potted up in potting compost and are crowding into the green house. The above photograph is from 2017 but you get the idea. Around the end of February I will start watering them and with any luck they will produce great plants for planting out around the end of May when the frosts should have finished. In addition there has been more clearing some of the dried herbaceous plants from last year.

17_05_31_5882For those of you who remember this huge Crambe Cordifolia we said at the time that although it looks spectacular it was crowding everything out and we planned to move it. Well that was one of the jobs we have done so we can cross it off the list! The roots were over 60cm but I have replanted it elsewhere and I expect it to sulk for a year and then take off again.

18_01_29_8460The five new trees of Sorbus aucuparia ‘Autumn Spire’ also arrived and needed planting in the area behind the high wall. This almost completes the Design Challenge I mention last year and I will do a blog on this later in the year.

2018 Gardening Hours
Week beginning Jan 20th Total 2018 to-date Average per week
12 30 10

Given that last year we did on average 19 hours a week you can see we are well down on that!

Some of you will know that I took on the EoMV blog from Helen Johnstone last year. Helen is now back from her break from blogging and would like to take back the hosting of the EoMV which she had been doing since March 2009. So, if you would like to join in with the End of Month View please do. I suggest you add a link to your post in the comments below and also visit Helen and do the same there. Thank you for supporting the EoMV while I “baby sat” it and please come back to Glebe House Garden as often as you wish.

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27 thoughts on “End of the Month View – January 2018

  1. It is still too frozen here to show much. Even my tiny patch of Galanthus is still in bud. I was hopeful that the Super Moon would coax the buds open but it is not to be. Maybe after the snow showers predicted today it will warm enough for them to pop. I can’t wait to see how your new trees look on the wall when they leaf out. I like the brick and gravel pattern they are set in. You are way ahead of me by the way of working in the garden. All I have managed is to walk around dreaming. I have spent plenty of time on that.

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  2. The bulbs are looking lovely. I’m still working out how I can get them to grow here, especially in January when the soil is so very wet. Even the snowdrops have been attacked by the slugs this year. It’s been too mild and the mollusc population is thriving. Doesn’t bode well for all the fresh Spring shoots.

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  3. Your tulips are pushing through the ground early; all the spring bulbs are lovely wherever they are in your garden. I’m just potting up my new purchases of Dahlias, I leave existing ones in the ground. What size pots are you using, it’s difficult to tell in the photograph.

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      • Not sure what you mean by that. Because I’ve planted gardens for other people I have a large selection of sizes of pots. From large tree size down to 5cm for small perennials. I’ve decided to water sparingly from now, as one dahlia already had a shoot and I would expect to be able to plant out at the beginning of April.

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  5. It has been very wet and very windy down this end of the country and although only one frost of note I see your bulbs are ahead of mine. Some crocuses in flower and the helleborus niger has a couple of buds – last year I already had four or five open in January. Your garden looks lovely and the snowdrops, aconites and iris certainly add some well needed colour. Even though you will no longer be hosting the EoMV I shall certainly continue to visit Glebe House.

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