Chris and I finally got out to cut back some of the dead plants and shrubs. I had left it as long as possible so as to provide food and shelter for critters during the freezes. As soon as we had cut stuff back, greenery started to peak through and by the end of the month the structure of the garden seems to be taking shape again. I did replace a few of the pot plants that didn’t make it through the winter.
Although not England weather, there has been a chill in air that has meant I haven’t been able to spend much time in the garden. Despite my neglect, there is still some color popping up. I added a couple of plants to my collection including a new David Austin rose—Roald Dahl. Can’t wait to see how it does in a pot.
Although the sun is shining, there are no glimpses of green yet in the garden. The first few years I gardened, I would get quite annoyed with the fact that many plants died back to the ground. I fixed this by purchasing more evergreen-type shrubs and plants to fill in the landscape but I’ve started to enjoy seeing the bones of the garden. Now that I’m confident that most of these plants will be coming back each year, I like the anticipating what will be springing up over the next few weeks.
We kick off each year in the garden with a Polar Bear Plunge. The flower beds are a little run down and not much more than dirt and brown leaves, but we spruce things up as much as possible. Here Chris puts together a bit of an arrangement to bring in the new year – not from our garden obviously, but still pretty!
So as not to have to take out a second mortgage just to finance my obsession with pots and planters, I found some stones at the back of the shed and had a go at making my own planter. And in tandem with everything bursting into life and taking over most of the garden, a few items are going to seed and it’s time to collect the seeds in preparation for next year!