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Incredible, Really, For Late January!


Like most of you, we have had an amazingly mild winter, so far. After 2 hard frosts last week, the very mild weather is back and we’ve even had sunshine two or three days, recently.
As a result, we’ve had some great sunsets ;

The plants are confused and don’t know what time of year it is. Here are a few of the sights in my garden this afternoon;
Most of my Tete a Tete narcissus (dwarf daffodils) have buds but this one is soon to open.

Clematis Marie Boussilet (a group 2 clematis) has this large bloom.

Clematis Alpina Constance was still flowering in the early winter but, now has more buds.I should think some will be open within a week. It is in a large pot by my shed so I suppose it is somewhat sheltered.

And Clematis Daniel Daronda, at the back of the garden is putting on some growth.

The Bronze Fennel has some new shoots.

Even the foxtail Lily (Eremerus) is popping it’s head up. It is in a pot and I must get it planted in the front garden soon.It’s been in the pot since I brought it from our old garden in December 2014. They aren’t very keen on being transplanted so, I doubt I will get any flowers again this year.

The Alliums are up;

This one (Purple Sensation) is around 4 inches tall already.

Even this Crocosmia Lucifer has been confused into growing foliage.

Foxgloves too!

This Nandina Domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) has had flower buds for weeks along with the red berries.

Verbena Bonariensis never stopped growing after the summer and the new growths are now quite tall.

But……..I left the most surprising sight till last. Look at the size of this Bee!!!! Who would’ve thought it, in January…amazing.

Happy gardening

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Garden looking good, Paul ... pretty photo of the Nandina and the red berries ...
Today I saw a really [real] huge bee on my hellebores ... the mild weather is confusing the flowers and the insects !

25 Jan, 2016


Yes.....mind you, I often saw bees in the winter at my old house....particularly on the flowers of my Mahonia!

25 Jan, 2016


Spring is near.......spring is near!

25 Jan, 2016


Yes, fingers crossed.Winter may have a sting in the tail yet!

25 Jan, 2016


Primroses out in our lane; crocuses in the lawn; camellias in bloom.

Very wet and windy today. All self-respecting bees safe at home.

(Glad you don't have cows in your garden, Paul!)

26 Jan, 2016


It is certainly a soggy scene out there filled with surprises.........primroses, tiny daffodils, heather through the raindrops!

I am looking forward to some dry days though!

26 Jan, 2016


Looking good Paul, I still have very green healthy looking Dahlia's and my Passion flower hasn't died down at all, too soggy to even dare attempting to go amongst them with my trusty pruners for a tidy up, we still have a fair few weeks to go whereby anything could happen weatherwise so not celebrating yet but it sure makes things interesting.......

26 Jan, 2016


So many confused plants, they well be fine, provided we don't have a very cold snap, February can be quite treacherous.

26 Jan, 2016


Ha ha.....I'm glad I don't have cows in my garden, too, Eirlys.
Yes,DD, we very often don't have our coldest weather down here in Essex till Feb although last year we had virtually no snow and very little ice/frost.I have a sneaky feeling we won't get a lot this year either.I hope I'm right.
Dahlias still green, Sue? Crikey. Mine all went black back in November so I potted them up for winter and put them in the gepreenhouse.My soil stays far too wet to overwinter Danlias in.
Yes,Wildrose and Eirlys....we have primroses flowering but, also the grass verges are full of Daisy flowers.very strange!

26 Jan, 2016


Its all looking good Paul ! I hope we don't get a late winter like we have done other years !

28 Jan, 2016


I hope so too Rose.

28 Jan, 2016


Nice to see how your garden is doing this January. That sunset is lovely.
What a big bee ! :O It's obviously enjoying the mild weather :)

28 Jan, 2016


Yes.....we grow our bees big in Essex Hywel . You should see the size of the jars of honey we get!

28 Jan, 2016


! LOL ! :D

28 Jan, 2016

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