EARLY JANUARY IN THE GARDEN
There are a few spring flowers beginning to appear. I think they are more eagerly anticipated than any others in the garden. It has been cold and frosty and yet their arrival declares that the days are getting longer and that there is much to look forward to.
This pink pulmonaria is a reliable harbinger of Spring. It was one of the plants that was here when we moved in, and it quietly sits by the side of the drive and needs no looking after.
I have to be careful where I step in the woodland now. The grass is carpeted with snowdrops starting to push their way up. This little fellow has been pushed out of the ground altogether.
3. Helleborus orientalis
Many of the oriental hellebores are in bud. I was hoping they might manage to flower in time for this week's blog, but it wasn't to be.
4 Eranthis hyemalis - the Winter Aconite
Also just about to spring into flower are the Winter Aconites. I've spent some time clearing away the fallen leaves and twigs so that they can be seen better, but I'm sure I have some more patches still hiding that I've not yet rediscovered.
5. Asarum europaeum
This little evergreen occupies a dry and shady spot under some yew trees. I bought it because I saw it in a Gertrude Jekyll planting plan for a green border. In fact a bought three, because that always seems like a good compromise between buying one (not enough of an impact) and buying five (too extravagant). Although one died off quite quickly, the other two have now spread and joined up, but still not enough to make any sort of a splash.
6. Rose pruning
A few years ago I went on a Rose pruning day at David Austin roses. They start pruning their roses after Christmas and finish by the middle of February. I've made a start - 6 down, 100 odd to go.
That's all from my garden for this week. Thanks, as always, go to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.