It was almost minus 5°C here first thing this morning, and my! how the garden shivered! Both greenhouses were frozen shut despite being heated inside to +5°C and the roofpanes of The Coop were covered in pretty feathery patterns. Foliage on epimedium and pittosporum were embellished with a furry coating and frilly edges but my snowdrops, witch hazels and hellebores were less happy, bowing down to their harsh temporary master, Jack Frost. End of Month View photographs will be stark in January 2019 but nevertheless let’s start, as we always do, with the view from the back of the house. The Golfer is replacing the fruit cage so any available space is used for construction!
The streamside area, with the cornus and many of my witch hazels, is always the most colourful part of the garden at this time of year, although their colour was muted with frost this morning:
The woodland, with spring bulbs emerging:
The paved area from above and from ground level, with parts of the dismantled fruit cage and some new timbers:
The clematis colonnade and new rose beds, and several pots of ousted geraniums, awaiting new homes:
The woodland edge border from both directions with native snowdrops emerging, many in bud, and several cowering hellebores:
The bold borders:
Inside the working greenhouse some January sown seedlings are awaiting being pricked out, but the Winter Sunshine sweet peas have been planted in the border. The bottom photo is of the fruit cage, currently open to the skies and any passing birds, but while there is no fruit it won’t hurt.
The blue and white border:
The rose garden, with the new terraces and some new roses about which I will write an update in due course:
The main snowdrop border is still covered with a recent dusting of snow; despite the forecast this is all we have had in terms of wintry precipitation so far but this could change at any time of course – after all, it is winter!
Once I managed to get into the Coop, the sight of this scarlet hippeastrum was enough to warm the cockles of my heart, even if nothing else, and in due course I can anticipate many more flowering bulbs to brighten these cold winter days. By the end of next month, however, we can probably be confident of the first signs of spring. It’s useful to keep a photographic record of the progress of the garden over the course of the year and compare it with previous years, and Helen the Patient Gardener hosts this monthly meme to encourage us to do so: thank you Helen!