So I finally managed to take some garden photos for hdygg at the weekend. As soon as the rain stopped I legged it outside with the camera. T-shirt, pj bottoms and bed hair, photographing a small snail stuck to a dead echinacea head blowing about in the howling wind! Needs must! When I got back indoors I realised I’d shot them all with the wrong settings; thankfully the rain held off just long enough for me to re-take a few. Anyway, here’s what I found.
^ Still a little bit blurry but the best of a bad bunch.
This is a Christmas rose; called so it’s suppose to flower in December. No flowers last year, two flowers in April the year before. This plant doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going. But just as I was about to give up and go indoors (the second time) I spotted buds! When Spring arrives I’m going to plant it out in a raised bed at the back.
Confused is the best word for our clematis; it’s pushing out fresh buds even though it hasn’t finished dropping leaves yet.
Last year we had grand visions of bringing our potted Christmas tree back indoors, a good few feet taller. The sparrows claimed it and we were worried about coming downstairs to a carpet full of worms one morning, so it spent the festive season outdoors. I’m pleased we’ve managed to keep it alive for a whole year.
You can always count on a hydrangea to have something to show even in wet and miserable weather.
I received a couple of really good garden books for my birthday: Derek Jarman’s Garden and Seasonal Food. I have Kriss to thank for the discovery of Derek Jarman – after reading her post Dungeness flowers in a strange wilderness I added his book to my wishlist. Seasonal Food will help Scott and I work out when our food is at its very best; the year planner at the back of book includes fish, meat and nuts as well as fruit and vegetables.
In other news we have a sparrow terrace to put up, some freesia bulbs to plant and I’m starting to think about ordering seeds for the allotment and garden at home. I’m itching to get back out there. How are your gardens this week? Are they as soggy and confused as ours?