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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year to you all.  I'm not sure quite when the garden decides the old year is over and a New Year has begun?  There are signs of new growth - bulbs pushing through their pots of compost in the greenhouse, and of course the ever reliable snowdrops are beginning to sprout too.   I found my first Hellebore flower today.  It was hiding its face under the leaves, as they do.  It's nothing fancy, just one from a plant stall at an open gardens many years ago.  I find the single white flower with its purple speckles just as welcome as the fancier kinds. This Sarcococca is looking fine at the moment.  The black berries and white flowers both at the same time are rather eye catching.  Sadly the one other other side of the front door has been looking rather sickly for a while now.  It's leaves are light green rather than this nice deep colour.  I'm not sure why it's so unhappy. The next picture shows a half completed job.  The soil in the Potager leaves a lot be desir

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