New paving has made such a difference with the ground being so wet.

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New paving has made such a difference with the ground being so wet.

At last it’s January, lighter mornings and evenings! I’ve missed spending time in my garden during autumn into winter because going to work only leaves days off to do anything. After walking around it the other day before going to work I left feeling very happy and satisfied that the hard work I put in last year has paid off, considering its winter it’s the tidiest it has ever been and so much is going on.

A task completed earlier this year was a pathway of paving slabs with a stone circle at the end followed by some spaced out slabs creating a way through a line of shrubs in front of my woodland/wildlife garden. I also laid stepping stones during late autumn in the new border that I planted up earlier in the year.

The woodland garden has a path shaped like a horseshoe with a path cutting across it in the middle giving me a little walk about and easy access to the bird feeders. Everything is much more accessible now allowing me to tackle jobs that I would normally leave for dryer ground.

The garden doesn’t look as ‘dead’ as it usually does this time in winter. The extra evergreens that I added are making a difference.

The extra rain last year has my bamboo Phyllostachus aurea, a climber Fatshedera x lizei and shrub Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge’ looking  really well and lush, they are next to each other and the different foliage colours, shapes and especially the brightness of the Eleagnus contrast beautifully. They are near the poplar trees, are evergreen and usually suffer a little during summer with competition for water from the trees, but not last year.

To increase my plant population last year I divided pulmonarias, wild primroses, geraniums, irises, Primula auriculas, geraniums, day Lilies and brunneras, transplanted young aquilegia self-sets. They have all bulked up through the year and are there’s less bare soil.

I’m sure my garden sounds large, but it isn’t, just full, busy and gradually maturing. This year’s plan is to plant more bulbs, climbers, seating, couple of water butts and finish off anything that wasn’t completed last year because of the rain.