TAWNY BROWNS AND GREY SKIES

It's been a quiet old week in the garden.  I've retreated indoors to wait for Spring until the soil dries out a little.  In the meantime, here are the things that caught my eye.


1. Lily Seed Pods

By Autumn the urge to cut back and tidy up is very strong.  Luckily I don't have time to cut everything back as soon as that urge strikes, which means I get to take 'arty' photos like this.

2. The Long Border

The Long Border has faded to tawny shades of brown and grey, and while all the bright colours are gone, it still has something to offer.  The Rudbeckia, Eryngium and grasses still stand tall with their seed heads.







3. Winter Cherry Blossom

This tree is delightful with its delicate blossom.  At such a dull time of year its flowering is even more appreciated.  All I need now is some blue sky so I can take some decent photos of it.



4. Helleborus niger

A few flowers have come out on the Helleborus niger.  They are rather short stemmed things and since I wasn't prepared to kneel down in the mud to get a photo, this was the best I could come up with I'm afraid.



5. There's tidy

Much as I can find something to admire in all those dying perennials, there's equal satisfaction to be had from a nice piece of dug over manured vegetable garden too.  'There's tidy', as my Welsh relations might (or might not) say.




6. Daisy Grubber

I was going to feature this Wilko weeder last week but it was so caked in mud it would have been difficult to tell what it was.  I have cleaned it especially for this, which I know will not go unappreciated.  I use it for getting out all weeds, and not just daisies.



That's all from my garden this week.  There are plenty of other gardens to visit virtually over on  The Propagator who hosts Six  on Saturday.  

Comments

  1. Very beautiful photo of the seed pods of Lily: you're right it's arty !
    You have lots of original tools and certainly very useful.

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    1. There may well be more tools next week, unless the hellebores get a move on and give me something prettier to photograph!

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  2. Love the tidy potager area with the posh cloches, as well as the humble daisy grubber.

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  3. Good old Wilko. My go-to shop for lots of garden related stuff. The Helleborus niger is very pretty indeed.

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  4. I love your tidy vegetable plot, like a clean sheet of paper waiting for your next masterpiece! But of course, being a contrary creature, I also like the herbaceous border in all its winter decay, lots of lovely creatures kipping down in their I think. Keep warm and well. :)

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  5. I need a daisy grubber in my life. I always look at them but never buy so now I know it's one of your valued tools I may well take the plunge. Lovely tidy veg plot. Mine is done too but not quite as pretty as yours.

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    1. I'm wary of ending up with too many rarely used tools, but I use the daisy grubber much more than a hand fork. It's more effective on this clay soil.

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  6. Pfffffffffffff I'm sitting here, looking out the window at pouring rain, cascading down a flight of steps. Enough to drive a man to drink!

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    1. I'm trying to embrace being indoors. Time to have a clear out, read a good book, bake some bread, but I still wish it would stop raining!

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  7. Yes, I love a tidy looking veg patch. Very satisfying and the cherry blossom is very cheering.

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