Helen, the Patient Gardener, has picked up the reins of the End of Month View again after a short break during which Steve of Glebe House Garden took charge; thanks to both of them for providing a platform for us to share monthly reviews of our gardens.
Here at the Pink House, the end of January has seen a burst of activity from both the garden and the gardeners . Neither may be apparent from today’s photos but, rest assured, that’s how it is. You may just be able to pick out green shoots in the square tubs in the picture above – these are tulips. Elsewhere, there are crocus starting to flower, buds on the Tête a Tête, snowdrops-a-plenty, hellebores opening, and the first signs of new growth on aconitum, geranium, sedum and many more. In the meantime, we can still enjoy the witch hazels, mostly clustered around the streamside area:
On the woodland flower the primroses throw up blooms throughout the year, but amidst them are now stirrings of (probably) 1000s of wood anemones and emerging shoots of bluebells, promising Much Joy – and note how the early morning sunshine projects a golden path through the woods.
From the bothy and at ground level there does not appear to be much going on in the main herbaceous beds and the clematis colonnade, but things are definitely stirring there too:
The native snowdrops are very evident in the woodland edge, but apart from the double flore pleno their buds remain firmly closed – come back next month to see them in full bloom and to see how much of a splash the hellebores make:
The bold borders are relatively bare, but nevertheless there are still subtle signs of activity:
… as there is the blue and white border, where two thirds of the curved bench have gone AWOL as part of our on-going bench repainting programme:
After its overhaul, the rose garden looks empty but expectant, although the first leaf buds are breaking on th new roses. Even in their first year, I can expect a reasonable of growth on these 6 new plants. Round the edges, I have been nurturing more Uncina rubra to fill in the gaps in this narrow grass border and will get them planted out within the next few weeks. All these fences are in need of another coat of paint or two but unlike the benches this will have to be done in situ!
Back towards the house, the special snowdrop border is in disarray as I have been digging out all but the snowdrops and hellebores. If you look at the photo on the left you will see why as this is just one example of a lattice pot of snowdrops being invaded, in this case by a very active pulmonaria. Several pulmonaria and hardy geranium, all white, have been hoiked out and replanted in the nearby hedge border which they should be tough enough to cope with. There are a few green heuchera to come out too, in due course, which should leave a more friendly and less competitive environment for my preciouses.
If you are unsure where some of these areas fit in the garden as a whole, don’t forget there is a map to guide you – just click on The Garden tab above – and don’t forget to visit Helen’s blog to view several other gardens at the end of January too.