It has not been a week for gardening. Bad weather put it out of the question early in the week and and all things Christmassy occupied the latter half. Christmas Eve was a bright, if cold, day and rather than let the week pass without any sort of report on how things were in the garden, I took a quick walk around with the camera, snapping as I went. It was a walk without plan or purpose so the photographs are random shots of the garden on Thursday last.
The ground is still saturated which makes any work in the garden out of the question. We have had some night-time frosts though noting particularly serious yet enough to warrant covering the tender plants in the glasshouse. In the garden, there are a number of snowdrops in flower and a great number with snouts above the ground. There is a kniphofia in full flower, one with an unusual acid-green colour which flowers for Christmas each year and produces an extraordinary number of flower spikes. It has the same name as the rhododendron which is also beginning to flower at this moment – ‘Christmas Cheer’. Only one witch-hazel is in flower to date and it is always the earliest here – Hamamelis x intermedia, with bright yellow flowers. Others will follow in the next few weeks.
It hasn’t been the greatest year but one where we appreciated our gardens all the more as they gave us a great place to pass our time during the various restrictions on our movements and socialisation. Many gardens have improved during this past year and many gardeners are all the better for their gardens. Let’s hope the coming year will be a better one, one when we need worry less for our health and where we will be free to meet and enjoy our family and friends.
Christmas is passing and the New Year will be with us shortly. Best wishes to all who drop in here to keep an eye to what I write. I hope you enjoy this slideshow of images from my walk around the garden.
I’m sharing this blog with a group of fellow bloggers who contribute to a “Six on Saturday” theme which is hosted by “The Propagator” on his blog site. To read more contributions to the Six on Saturday theme go to The Propagator’s entry for today, scroll down to the comments and you will find other bloggers have posted links to their Saturday entries there. Lots to read!