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January Jewels

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A heavy and deep frost lay on the ground this morning and has not melted in spite of the spectacular blue-sky day. We had a walk on the beach which was perfect and just before we left home, I took a few snaps.

Here are some of the roses hanging on. Its amazing to see them and a real blessing. Not only the flowers, but the persistant foliage as well.

You can see the frost on the grass behind the Hamamelis ‘Jelena’

And here is a little potted Helleborus niger ‘Christmas Carol’ which seems to be in all the GCs at the moment. It is a dear little thing though and well worth its place in the garden.

Prunus subhirtella autumnalis ‘Rosea’ has just started flowering, but this cold snap will stop it in its tracks. It won’t bother the buds though and the blossoming will resume as soon as the weather gets milder again.

Malus ‘Red Sentinel’ holds on to its fruit right through the winter.

Viburnum tinus ‘Lisa Rose’. I am looking forward to watching all of these plants mature and fill up the garden with winter colour. This viburnum tinus has particularly pretty pink and white flowers.

Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ has been flowering for months already but just gets better and better.

And the little double white hellebore really shines out.

Escallonia ‘Iveyi’ doesn’t normally flower in winter, but after the last cold spring I had to cut out some die-back which resulted in a late show of flowers and this single plume came up in the autumn. The cold has kept it on the plant and even now it looks pretty.

After the walk, we went in the Pod and had a coffee with the heater on and I enjoyed my ‘Winter Gardening’ book for an hour. :) Happy New Year everyone. xx

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Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year Karen. x

2 Jan, 2019

 

The same to you K... X

2 Jan, 2019

 

Shame about the frost Karen ... but at least there is some colour in your garden on a cold January day for you to enjoy. Wishing you and yours a very happy new year. x

2 Jan, 2019

 

Happy New Year Karen, it's great to see you still have plenty of colour in the garden....

2 Jan, 2019

 

Happy new year Karen. You have some lovely plants and shrubs helping to give some colour to the garden. I am surprised how many plants still have flowers on them.

3 Jan, 2019

 

all the best for a good gardening 2019. hope you continue to enjoy your lovely garden, the flowers are stunning, all the more so at this time of year. Envious of your pod and that coffee sounds wonderful.

3 Jan, 2019

 

We have just a few camellias appearing in the garden so to see so much colour above in your posts is lovely.
Happy New Year with lots of garden visitors!

3 Jan, 2019

 

Thanks everyone. The next two months are always tough for me as its usuallytoo cold to work outside. But I’m hopeful of a milder spell on Saturday. I need one as I have 20 more bags of mulch waiting, and I’ve just ordered three yellow stemmed dogwoods for the golden border.

3 Jan, 2019

 

Hi Karen! Happy New Year!

Things look good in your garden, as usual.

I am back, using my original account Melchisedec as it seems to have magically revived itself (as, indeed, I have!)
One of my resolutions is to reacquaint myself with GoY. I have been very busy with 5 grandchildren and the consequent Facebook/FaceTime activity but shall endeavour to catch up again.

3 Jan, 2019

 

Happy New Year Karen - all the best!

4 Jan, 2019

 

Happy New year Karen , you've put photos on of all the shrubs we left behind when we moved including the Hamamelis I wonder if the new owners have even noticed it or know what it is ? ..

4 Jan, 2019

 

What fabulous colours you have in your garden Karen. So many of the shrubs look amazing. I'd love to be able to sit in your pod and enjoy them...in the warmth! Oh, and Happy New Year to you and your mum too.

4 Jan, 2019

 

Hi Melchi...I am so pleased you and your account have been revived! Brilliantly Serendipitous. X

4 Jan, 2019

 

Oh Amy..that’s sad. Today I thought about getting another hamamelis. Instead I’ve gone and ordered a yellow flowered Magnolia! I really hope it flowers, it would be amazing to see. You’ll make that garden beautiful this year...I know you will.

4 Jan, 2019

 

Thanks Bathgate and Julia! Xx

4 Jan, 2019

 

Thank you, Karen!

4 Jan, 2019

 

You certainly do have some January jewels Karen, all very nice, the V tinus is stunning.
What are you using as mulch? Your plants certainly look healthy.
I would love you to do a month by month plant care/pruning/feeding blog :-)

5 Jan, 2019

 

Happy New Year Karen ! Your garden is just as lovely as ever !
I loved the Malus Red Sentinel and unfortunately had to leave that behind when we moved as it was too big.

6 Jan, 2019

 

Bless you Dawn! I haven’t thought about doing that before. I think theres so much variety on activity...weather dictates doesn’t it? But today I was out weeding, mulching and preparing planting spaces for more herbaceous clematis which I’ve just ordered. I like to get them in the ground in winter because the young growth is so brittle and I usually damage them when I plant them outside of dormancy. I’m using coarse bark mulch...its cheap and is also ‘dry’ so doesn’t matter if it goes right up to the plants. This will hopefully reduce the numbers of weeds in spring and summer, and also give a blanket for the cold months. I heard the weathermen are thinking winter is due to arrive later this month. So I’m hoping to get the planting and mulching finished before it comes! Bad things about bark mulch.....it encourages acidity (doesn’t matter here as we have acid soil anyway) and it gets hauled out by the blackbirds. Also, I find that some shallow rooted thugs love to grow in bark. I had a nightmare with a Campanula running through it in my last garden. I’m guessing I might find its the same with creeping buttercup. We’ll see.

6 Jan, 2019

 

Thank you Rose. I am so looking forward to seeing mine grow big!

6 Jan, 2019

 

You've been busy Karen, I've been out too, the air was dry, cold but nice.
Do you buy your bark in bags Karen, I love bark, it looks so neat and does a good job too, we've been lucky with the weather but it can't last surely, BBC long range weather also says colder in third part of the month. Which herbaceous clematis did you get, exciting!

6 Jan, 2019

 

Yes, from Wickes, in bags. Free delivery. Its expensive, but its good quality and much easier to cope when its in bags. I ordered six different clematis...

East River ('Amazing London'), Integrifolia Rosea, Sweetheart, Diversifolia Blue River (already have this one and its one of my faves), Integrifolia Twinkle and Bijou - for the front of the border. I already have Pangbourne Pink and it is a stunner so thats why I decided to go for more of this type. Jan Fopma is another great one, but a bit dark for me....it has lovely blue bells on it. As you know, I love Clematis, but am not fond of the hard work you need withthe group 2’s and the wilt as well. The group 3 s are my favourites by far. The viticellas for height and these herbaceous ones for long-flowering, cut flowers and far less work.

7 Jan, 2019

 

I've had that bark too with free delivery Karen, big square bags, really compacted? I should treat myself to more, need a lorry load lol.
Wow Karen, they sound perfect, I'm going to Google them to see what they're like. You have some great clematis, I remember the lovely ones you had in your old garden too.

12 Jan, 2019

 

They look great Karen, I viewed them on Taylors site. So some herbaceous clematis are 4-6 feet - do you give them support or do they scramble? Thanks

12 Jan, 2019

 

I’ve given the tall ones an obelisk Dawn, and I’ll tie them in. I think they tend to flower better if they are supported. Arabella certainly does better on a suppost.

13 Jan, 2019

 

Excellent, thanks Karen, you are kind to share your knowledge.

13 Jan, 2019

 

Therse’s only one thing to do with experience Dawn...share it! :) x

14 Jan, 2019

 

Awww thanks Karen

14 Jan, 2019

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