Time To Chill Out!
It may be winter and the ground looks a chilly frosty white. The visiting garden birds have fluffed up their feathers and are filling their beaks with as much seed and suet as they possibly can to survive the cold winter months ahead.
During the festive season I’ve thinned out plants like hellebores and pulmonarias, also dug a couple of flower beds for planting later.
This late Sunday morning has given me great opportunity to walk and explore the garden.
It looks a little untidy, ruffled around the edges with fallen twigs from the poplar trees and wet soggy decomposing leaves laying on previously cleaned up spaces. Those last remaining leaves can stay allowing the worms to earn their food, in turn improving my soil.
Looking around the garden it seems sparse on the ground compared to summer but it’s certainly not asleep!
My first flowering elwesii snowdrops stand tall and upright as if to lead the way for the others. Thick fleshy green foliage is sprouting from the ground marking the spot where my colchicums will flower much later in the year.
Cyclamen coum are always a welcome sight with their little pink flowers naturalizing about the garden, but this time looking a little lonely without their usual companions of brightly coloured crocuses that are small tufts of leaves dotted about.
A few clumps of hellebores remain with pretty pastel coloured flowers nodding shyly as if to hide a little from the glare of the low morning sun that peeps over the roof and shines up the garden towards the woodland/wildlife garden creating a pleasant micro climate.
The first dusky pink mottled flowers of Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ have opened warmed by the midday sun as it shines through the gap between houses. The others remain tightly closed creamy buds hanging like a beaded necklace through the ivy and deciduous honeysuckle. The Clematis cirrhosa ‘Lansdowne Gem’ that I planted last year is gradually covering the mesh around the Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ and up into the leafy canopy, only a few deep red flowers for this year though. I can see that I shall have to plant another clematis there to give it some summer colour too, not sure which one though, plenty of time to think about it!