The end of the month and the end of the year! Happy New Year and good gardening in 2018.
I have not been able to get into the garden much during the last few weeks. Much of “putting the garden to bed” for the winter was done in November so I will use this opportunity to look back over the year.
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Many of the beds look exactly as they were following the winter clean up. However, there are signs of spring to be seen.
February brought a storm which removed a branch from an old apple tree. I was undecided as to whether to keep the reduced tree or to start again. So far we have keep it.
Elsewhere snowdrops are filling many of the beds
The arrival of lambs in the field beyond our garden is always one of those events to make you smile.
Spring flowers are everywhere now.
The garden is beginning to glow with tulips, blossom and the first roses.
Roses really start to come out now. And everywhere flowers of every kind are looking great.
All the borders are filling out. The pond that was finally repaired is also looking as it should and the water lilies that spent almost a year out of the water have survived!
Herbaceous plants are taking control of the borders now. The alliums are still there but the herbaceous plants are the stars now.
In January these beds looked empty. Now the flowers are up to six feet high in just a few months.
Borders are now “more” than full. Staking the plants is the biggest issue to prevent them falling on each other.
Autumn is on its way but around the garden there are still plenty of flowers.
The first frost of the year. the dahlias do not like it but some of the roses continue to flower. Now is the time to take the climbing roses off the wall for pruning and tying in their new growth for next year.
The borders have all been cleared ready for another spring in November. We have escaped to the sun. The garden has been told to look after itself!
|2017 Gardening Hours|
|Week beginning December 23rd||Total 2017 to-date||Average per week|
An average of 19 hours a week and by week we have:
I hope these pictures have wet your appetite for the new gardening year. Looking forward to 2018 and a Happy New Year to you all.
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