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A drizzly day in January out in the garden.

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I have just been out in my wellies clutching the camera to see what I could find to share with you.
Not a great deal but I hope you like what I found.

The Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus avellana contorta) grows by our pond. I like it now, with all its catkins on twisted branches, much more than when the leaves appear later on. Look closely and you will spot all the raindrops!

This is a favourite at this time of year – Witch hazel (Hamamelis). It has a lovely herbal scent.

We grow this dwarf magnolia in a pot and it is good to see so many buds this year.

A little glimpse of spring time colour in primroses, rosemary and mahonia.

The dogwoods make a colourful ‘screen’ in one corner of the garden.

I had a quick look inside the greenhouse and all seems to be alright in there at the moment! We have had to set mouse traps because some of my bulbs were being eaten.

Back indoors, somewhat damp from the photographic experience to be honest!

These Soleil d’Or have come from The Isles of Scilly -my favourite place. A good moment to close I think.

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Lovely to see the Soleil d'or,Chris......just bought Tete a tete.Not in flower yet.I,too walked out with camera to see what was evident.Sadly,not as much as you have shownx

8 Jan, 2013

 

All looking lovely Chris. I agree with you about the Corylus . . . even got my son to help me snip the leaves off one year! Gorgeous Soleil d'Or.

My gardening group visited this morning, and I was saying there was "nothing" to see in the garden . . . well, I wasn't far wrong, but they loved the VERY white bark of our 'jacquemontii' and the Stipa tenuissima and Anemanthele lessoniana (wish it was still called Stipa arundinacea!) were waving prettily in the breeze.

8 Jan, 2013

 

Hi Chris! Typing from sunny La Gomera in the Canaries, but its lovely to see your Jan photos. Like you, I moved my corkscrew Hazel to the pond side, and it really suits the situation. I also prefer the catkins and its winter stems. Lovely treat for you, those narcissi! X

8 Jan, 2013

 

lovely plants and rain can enhance an image [or so I am told!!]

I hope my magnolia is going to flower this year, some buds look more fat so hoping they are flowers.

8 Jan, 2013

 

Thanks for sharing some floral delights, I too dislike the leaves on the twisted Hazel, we had a fine day today, but guess what more rain is expected!!

8 Jan, 2013

 

We had a misty drizzle morning then in afternoon it brightened up and out came the sun.

I too had a stroll in my garden with the camera.

Hope you are having a nice holiday Karen .I am sure you are.

8 Jan, 2013

 

Thanks Kath, yes!

8 Jan, 2013

 

Lovely pictures Chris. I haven't got any bulbs in sight yet! Perhaps the squirrels have had them! Lol.
I love the witch hazel and its one of those trees I always mean to get, but never do! I bet you're getting fed up with rain now. I shouldn't really tell you this, but we have had a few days of SUNSHINE! Actually got out in the garden to work! Will write soon. x

8 Jan, 2013

 

All those of you who mentioned sunshine are doing better than me and as for being in the Canaries, well , that just takes the biscuit!!!
Will I always have to settle for pics of plants with raindrops on? Aaah :-(

8 Jan, 2013

 

Nice to see photos of your winter garden :o)
Those dafs are beautiful !

8 Jan, 2013

 

Lovely pictures, lots around even in these dark dismal days. I love catkins. We had rain over night but it is fine now if a little cloudy but looking at it think it is going to clear and be a nice day. Fingers crossed.

9 Jan, 2013

 

Thanks for making the effort to show us your garden,Chris..very much appreciated :o) you have much more colour there,than in mine at the moment..and sorry to go on,but we have lovely sunshine today..hope it's the same for you too :o)

9 Jan, 2013

 

Lovely photo`s Wildrose, even with the raindrops, we are getting a mixture of good days and dismal ones but even that is an improvement on the latter part of last year, its sunny today after heavy rain through the night but boy its turned cold now, local weather keeps saying winter is coming, lol.........

9 Jan, 2013

 

Lovely little gems there Chris. even the raindrops!

9 Jan, 2013

 

What a difference a day makes - today we have had clear blue skies and sunshine for the first time in ages!

9 Jan, 2013

 

Here too Chris, it was quite beautiful today!

9 Jan, 2013

 

Thank you for the hazel photos - never seen one with its catkins on. Yes its been a glorious day and what a relief to be able to get a few garden jobs done! I moved a rhubarb crown (a bit late but never mind), transplanted a young gooseberry bush and moved a young hydrangea that was too near to the viburnum. Isn't it great when you can do something you've been worrying about for months in the rain? And I found a crocus!!!

9 Jan, 2013

 

Your pictures are lovely, Chris, and very encouraging.
Quite a lot of fog here today, patchy and fairly light. The sun threatened to lift it all, but didn't quite manage. It feels as if it's going to get colder. I'm beginning to get itchy about getting into the garden but haven't done so yet - it won't be long!

9 Jan, 2013

 

Oh Chris! All the plants I love and miss, especially the Mahonia, Hamaemelis and willow. I can just smell those gorgeous narcissi from here, too. Heavenly! Getting quite homesick for the UK right now.

10 Jan, 2013

 

Your garden looks better than mine in the drizzle! Finally today we have been dry but turning colder. I love your corkscrew hazel, I have often looked at them but am not sure where I would put it.

10 Jan, 2013

 

Gattina, no need to feel too homesick. Please don't forget that so much of the UK is waterlogged and squelchy and looking a bit sorry for itself! I only took pics of the better bits!

10 Jan, 2013

 

Yes, but they are such nice "better bits".

10 Jan, 2013

 

You old charmer you - sorry about the 'old' bit by the way!

10 Jan, 2013

 

All too true, unfortunately......

10 Jan, 2013

 

Love the look of the corkscrew hazel bedecked with the raindrops looking like little crystals, and the witch hazel is one of those shrubs on my ever increasing wish list that I keep meaning to get and never get round to, oh for a bigger garden and deep pockets.

11 Jan, 2013

 

All looking good Wildrose.Does Rosemary usually flower at this time of year? Love the dogwoods as a screen, you've given me an idea.I' ve been out in the garden today, with wellies, extra jumper, gloves and hat!! to put an extra layer of fleece around my mini g.house, forcast snow and biting winds here over the weekend. plenty of new shoots on the roses, bulbs poking thru, but very soggy soil.
Keep warm everyone! :-))))

11 Jan, 2013

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