The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Happy New Year


Hello – wishing you all a good gardenng year – funny isn’t it a stroll around the garden certainly stirs the blood as you spot all those jobs waiting to be done

Last year we managed to get some spent gardening compost from a local garden centre -in fact we had several trailer loads for the garden and the allotment at quite a reasonable price – only problem with it is that it was full of weeds – so now window boxes planted up with bulbs and pots and strawberry plantlets in the cold frame are on the priority list for weeding.

On the upside my Hellebores are having a good year – I posted some pics on my photo page a week ago – and now here are some more – they don’t seem to mind the heavy rain that we have been having – I sent for these plants from Hayloft a year back and now they are coming into their own – they are supposed to be prolific seeders so I am hoping that they are true to their name !

This one has never flowered before so I am awaiting this bloom with anticipation !!

Lots of bulbs are pushing through – fingers crossed that most things have survived so far – but some of my plants hate the cold wet weather especially the primula sieboldii

In the conservatory the Streptocarpus are looking ok – especially my Crystal Ice – variety – Crystal Dawn

This variety is stated to flower continually and do you know I bought it last summer and it is still flowering – all I am doing is giving it a feed now and again and watering as and when.

The Phaleanopsis orchid in the conservatory has thrown up a spike – not sure of the colour of this one the label is missing!

Then finally in the front garden our faithful camellia is in bloom – it must be 6-7ft now and it fights its corner with the variagated holly -

Happy New Year – Jane

More blog posts by janelloyd

Previous post: This Weekend

Next post: Home and Away



Happy New Year ! :)
Your Hellebores are doing well.

7 Jan, 2015


Happy new year to you too. Lovelyhellebore pics - they are irresistible aren't they? A real tonic at this time of year.

7 Jan, 2015


Very nice to see your Hellebores already opening.

8 Jan, 2015


It always amazes me how far ahead of my garden in Scotland your gardens in England seem to be. I have one Christmas Rose and a Penstemon that hasn't closed up shop yet.

8 Jan, 2015



Thankyou for your comments - yes I am so pleased with the Hellebores this year - they seem to be coping with our rather heavy soil which has clay tendencies - Jane

9 Jan, 2015


Jane, Happy New Year. All looks nice and healthy Jane. I am amazed the camellia is in bloom now. Presumably it's in a warm sheltered spot in the front garden.

9 Jan, 2015


Yes Alan - it is south facing and always has buds by December - I think the holly protects it as well - Jane

10 Jan, 2015


What a stunning Camellia Jane! My hellebores were all flowering but the cold has sent them in to decline. They will pick up again once they defrost a bit I'm sure. I absolutely love them for their winter and spring interest and the flowers are incredibly photogenic aren't they. I'm on the look out for a good clear yellow one this's hoping I find it!

21 Jan, 2015

Add a comment

Recent posts by janelloyd

Members who like this blog

  • Gardening with friends since
    1 Oct, 2013

  • Gardening with friends since
    2 Nov, 2009

  • bjs

    Gardening with friends since
    13 Apr, 2009

  • Gardening with friends since
    10 Mar, 2012

  • Gardening with friends since
    28 Jan, 2014

  • Gardening with friends since
    9 Aug, 2009

  • Gardening with friends since
    11 Sep, 2013

  • Gardening with friends since
    22 Oct, 2008