cold

blue-spruce
new growth on blue spruce, probably a Picea pungens variety, although I am happy to be corrected.
hellebore-flower-anthers
looking into the newly opened flower of a hellebore,probably H. orientalis
korean-fir
newly developing cones on Abies koreana, although again, I am happy to be corrected if the id is wrong.
willow
willow catkins,species as yet unidentified.

It’s proper January! Cold nights, frosty mornings, a little snow, visibly lengthening days, and best of all, new shoots pushing through everywhere. Having said that there is every chance those little shoots will be buried under snow in the next few days, but hey, I know they are there.

I spent a couple of therapeutic hours gardening yesterday. The dusting of snow had melted and in the sun and shelter from the wind it was pleasant enough, although the cold chilled my Wellington clad feet. I am preparing a bed beside the front door to fill with fragrant flowers , and I wanted to start cutting back the fallen plant stems in the Long Border.

It sounds rather grand, “the Long Border” but it is about 30 metres long, so I think the name is justified. The biggest task was removing the leaf litter of needles fallen from the 2 Corsican pines before they shade out some of the smaller plants. I don’t really know what to do with the needles. I guess they will take an age to compost.

Several small heucheras emerged from under the needle litter, “Peach Glow”, the label said and the low sun seemed to be illuminating it in that colour. The previous owners were fond of heucheras and there are several named and more unamed varieties. This is another plant I will have to learn to love. At the moment they belong in my “take it or leave it” group, but perhaps I may become a convert.

After a couple of hours labouring I took the camera for a walk. The new growth on some of the trees is lovely. New cones are forming on the evergreens and the willow, variety unknown, is pushing out furry catkins with pink hearts.

The hellebore buds have unfurled, revealing a dark purple flower with yellow anthers. I had to lie the camera on the ground and point hopefully to get the shot. Hellebores really need to be grown where they can be inspected.

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7 thoughts on “cold

  1. Hi, and many thanks for leaving a comment on rusty duck today, for now I have found your lovely blog too.

    It is so exciting working in a new garden, especially with things now starting to come up. I’ve been through a heuchera phase, but they don’t seem to last long here. It must be the extreme rainfall, which has kept me off the soil for months now.

    I just hope this year is a better one for us gardeners, otherwise I will be developing webbed feet!

    Jessica

  2. Beautiful hellebores – though they do make you work for it, don’t they, the way they hide their heads. I know what you mean about having to learn to love some plants when you inherit a garden. Though I do draw the line at spotted laurels… There only appear to be two hellebores in my new garden, both rather sad and tired looking, though I have hopes that they will respond well to being re-housed somewhere a bit more congenial.

    1. Good luck with the rehoming. Mine seem to be starting to self seed so if I can grow them on I will send some your way. Disappeared under the snow today, as I though they would, but it will be great to see them again after the thaw. Probably mid February!

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