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The gardening year has started!


By kowhai


After a pretty bleak, and at times snow covered period of some months, things in the garden are starting to come to life! Last week, Les and his team who do heavy work and hard landscaping/fencing, installed the new fence and cleared and tidied the garden, removing all the debris, and revealing lots of inconspicuous little plants waiting to spring into life. With the odd fine day, I’ve been inspired to get out and do further tidying and pruning, among which has been cutting back all the hellebore foliage so as to reveal the flower buds.

At the weekend, the potted hamamelis on the terrace started showing signs of coming into flower, so I moved it so as to be in our sight line from the dining area, and this morning, with strong sunshine from the east, we were delighted by the brilliant display of burnt orange flowers glistening with dew. That really made us feel that spring isn’t too far away.

In fact, the hamamelis was just beaten to it by the cyclamen. These are ones that I planted last year, so this is the first season that they’ve flowered. They’re a deep purple-pink, and look great in the otherwise very bleak border, where the neighbouring snow drops are now starting to appear.

Meantime, inside the house Meg and Hugo’s hibiscus is flowering away. It provided a great display during the summer, and has evidently decided that the toasty interior of our house is just fine and is rewarding us with another burst of flowers.

Isn’t it exciting! The gardening year has now begun. Much work and, hopefully, much delight ahead.

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Good luck with your gardening year ahead ! It gives such a wonderful feeling to see things grow again after such horrendous weather.

18 Jan, 2011


Lovely tree and that last flower wonderful, hope you enjoy all the rest of this year gardening.

18 Jan, 2011


what a lovely spring picture! that hamamelis is really beautiful; i have the yellow one but i wish i had put it in a pot ~ it would be lovely to see it nearer
mine is not a very good shape ~ thats why it was cheap last year!!
should i be cutting all the old hellebore leaves away?

18 Jan, 2011


Lucky you Kowhai, That witch hazel really is lovely. My garden boasts not one flower:-(

18 Jan, 2011


Pleased everything is starting to show itself.

18 Jan, 2011


You could pop in some primulas Bornagain, they're cheerful, quick and easy. I'm still watching and waiting with the snowdrops, but the primulas & polyanthus have been out since before Christmas.

18 Jan, 2011


I have managed to get out in the garden a few times this past week just an hour or so, there is lot's to do ,tidying, sorting, cutting back, and pot's to empty. There are lot's of bulbs coming through not much in flower yet though just heather and a geum at least that is what I think it is. It is nice to get back out there cold or not.

18 Jan, 2011


Its great to get out and do a bit of tidying and see the bulbs showing through, we`ve had a dry cold day today with sunshine (hooray)..

18 Jan, 2011

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