In the Bleak Midwinter…..

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…….there were (clockwise, from top left) the first signs of Crocus ‘Snow Bunting’ in the ex D****’s P**** border; snowdrops ‘Maidwell L’ and an unknown, in a race to be first to open; Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Orange Peel’, all its buds now showing true ‘orange peel’ orange; the surprise emergence of Hellebore ‘Yellow Lady’, new buds on the confused ‘Ellen Picotee’ who also flowered in summer, and the festive H nigerΒ  ‘Christmas Carol’. Bleak midwinter? Not here – and again we seem to have missed the worst of the rain and wind that lashed the UK yesterday. Dare I mention today’s mildness, blue sky and sunshine? I am beginning to think that perhaps Frances of Island Threads is right and that we do live in a kind of ‘Shangri-La’ – certainly our position on a small escarpment above a river valley may contribute to the local differences in our weather, although we do still share in the minor inconveniences of the river and local lakes flooding which they look set to do.

Whatever the weather, wherever you are, whatever this time of year means to you, thank you to all those who have read and contributed to this blog over the last year – whilst still maintaining the original desire to keep a better record of the garden, sharing it on this blog has brought me so much pleasure and contact with people I feel I can now call ‘friends’. Best wishes to all of you, for now and throughout 2014.

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13 Responses to In the Bleak Midwinter…..

  1. croftgarden says:

    Thank you for sharing, looking forward to seeing your garden grow next year.

  2. Cathy I have enjoyed meeting you and learning about your lovely garden…Happy Christmas to you and your family…and Best Wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  3. Christina says:

    Thank you for your kind good wishes. I have very much enjoyed following the seasons in your garden this year and look forward to what is to come in 2014. A very happy Christmas to you and your family this festive season. Lucky you to have missed most of the storm, here there were trees down along the road and couple of fence panels in my mil’s garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina, and I have enjoyed sharing it and our many discussions too πŸ™‚ Hope you are not inconvenienced by local damage – no power cuts?

      • Christina says:

        No power cuts we are lucky. We are hearing on the news that a number of people are likely to be without power tomorrow, which is very sad. Also some flights from Gatwick were cancelled today,that will have ruined some people’s celebrations.

  4. Chloris says:

    It is such a joy to see the spring bulbs poking through. It won’t be long now. Meanwhile Happy Christmas.

    • Cathy says:

      It is indeed – and the crocus were such a surprise as they have only just popped up in the last day or two. They were new in this year and I am hoping for a small carpet of them. Happy Christmas to you too πŸ™‚

  5. Anna says:

    Oh the race is on Cathy! Bright skies and sunshine here today between the showers but definitely on the chilly side. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog this year. Wishing you peace and joy at Christmas and happy gardening in 2014! xxx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks so much Anna – I have enjoyed sharing my garden with you all and appreciate the little kindnesses which abound between bloggers. We did have a very short hail/sleat shower this afternoon which put paid to the blue skies, but hey ho! It’s December! More of that tomorrow and they can call it a White Christmas, or perhaps it has to be an actual snowflake… πŸ˜‰

  6. rusty duck says:

    It’s been a real pleasure to find your blog this year Cathy. Looking forward to following your progress in 2014. Next year I might have to join the snowdrop race.
    Have a very Merry Christmas, Jessica x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jessica for your kind words – think carefully before you join the snowdrop race, well no, it’s not a race, we just love sharing and comparing our snowdrops! πŸ™‚

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