End of Month View: January Limps Towards the Finishing Line

Unlike some, I don’t have a problem with the winter months, but somehow January with its preponderance of overcast days seems to have struggled to get going, although admittedly it has had a sprint finish, as it took me by surprise that it was the 31st today. The absence of a post earlier in the month to record January blooms also surprised me, so I shall just list these in passing: all the witch hazels, about a third of my special snowdrops, a small but gradually increasing number of double native snowdrops, a couple of hellebores, a single Iris reticulata, an odd pansy or two, native primulas and bought-in polyanthus, a few random comfrey blooms and spots of colour on pulmonaria, and the almost perpetually flowering Arabis ‘Old Gold’. Nothing in the Coop yet. Hey ho!

Sunshine, blue skies and avoidance of recent storms will give a fillip to the garden, but in the meantime these photos will show you how things look at the end of the first month of 2022, starting with the view from the back of the house (above) and looking towards the streamside and shrub borders (below). The Golfer’s path sweeping efforts will be evident in almost every photo (thank you, Golfer!).

The woodland, followed by the view from the Bothy at the end of it and the same area from ground level:

The woodland edge border:

Three Anything Goes borders:

The working greenhouse with some of the cutting beds, and the blue & white border:

The rose garden and the view between the main borders:

Heading back towards the house and the special snowdrops border, followed by the view from the sitooterie:

Finally a view from inside the Coop, and then the Coop corner:

So, as you can see, although the structure of the garden stands out in these leaner months, especially when accentuated by tidy hard surfaces, the winter interest is more subtle but  nevertheless there for the finding. Why not watch the video for a more rounded picture?

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11 Responses to End of Month View: January Limps Towards the Finishing Line

  1. Kris P says:

    I love your video, Cathy. Your garden is bigger than I’d imagined from your still photos – and you’ve used every square inch of it, something I admire greatly! It looks like you’re in good shape to welcome your open garden visitors next month too!

  2. Cathy says:

    Really enjoyed the video Cathy. It is so much easier to put things into perspective when Inlooknat your map and then follow you round. The witch hazels are looking lovely and it seems very spring-like to me with so much greenery. When is your opening day? It looks like your garden is ready and waiting for visitors!

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    It is easy to make a garden look good in summer when there is lots going on and every space filled. It is in winter that the bone structure shows. Your plot is beautiful at any time of year.

  4. Anna says:

    I have just enjoyed your video Cathy. It looks as if your snowdrops are building up to a crescendo in time for your open day. I found the Met Office’s findings that it was the sunniest January ever in England hard to believe. We seemed to see little in the way of sunshine here. I wonder where it shone 🤔

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks, Anna. I hadn’t heard that about the weather but, unlike what I had expected, our solar panels generated almost as half as much power again as a typical January, whereas I too thought it was a largely overcast month…most intriguing!

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    Congratulations to the golfer not a leaf to be seen. It has been a mixed January with some grey days and some beautiful sunny ones. With it being so dry it has been ideal for getting those winter maintenance jobs done.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the Golfer always makes a good job of the paths, and it makes such a difference! It has been pretty dry here too, and the recent stirms have passed us by, other than a little bit of a breeze

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