january mid month view

Two weeks in, and it’s  time for the first garden tour of 2015. There certainly has been a lot of weather this month. Rain, frost, strong winds and some proper winter snow.  Yesterday morning we woke up to a light covering of snow, the early sun bringing that magic of light on ice that makes winter special.

benchJust as the sun came up I took this picture of the bench, padded with its snowy quilt, but far too chilly to tempt a few minutes sit down. The chickens completely refused to come out of their ark, preferring to stay in the warmth. They took one look at the snow, turned their backs on it and went back inside.


Half an hour later, there was colour in the light. The beech hedges are rich and coppery in low morning sun and the old bulrushes pleasingly yellow.


This is a view over the clipped box hedge, across the gravel patio  next to the French doors. The shrubs provide shelter for the patio and for the little birds to hide from the hawks and roost at night.

gate-archThe new gate has seen its first winter weather. It blends so well with the hedge.

hammamelis-iceThere is a copper coloured Witch Hazel in the herb garden , this morning wearing an icicle crown. It’s a lovely plant, but the flowers are so close in tone to the hedge they blend in rather than standing out. I think I need to find space for a yellow flowered Hammamelis too.

There are a few things blooming in the garden, despite the weather. A mahonia is just finishing, leaving fat green seed heads in place of the yellow flowers. It is being succeeded by Viburnum tinus Eve Price, now  in full bloom and on days when the temperature rises above 8 degrees, the neighbour’s bees  feed enthusiastically on it.  Garrya elliptica James Roof by the back door is magnificent. Hundreds of silky catkins sway in the lightest breeze and with the sun out,  it is a fine sight.

There is not many herbaceous perennials  flowering just yet, but the few that are in bloom are especially welcome.

Hellebores, both Corsican and orientalis are just starting and so is the primrose colony under the trees. It doesn’t take much sunlight to bring them on. Clumps of snowdrops are just showing colour and yesterday, I found the first flowers, more bright beauties to herald the change of the year towards Spring.


So this is my first entry this year for Garden Bloggers Blooms Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden, I’m interested to see what else is in bloom around the blogosphere.


9 thoughts on “january mid month view

  1. The garrya really is magnificent! I do wish I had a suitable wall.
    The coppery coloured witch hazels are definitely my favourite for colour but here anyway they do need a closer inspection to appreciate them. Other than for scent, it’s the reason I bought a yellow one this year.. I hope it will stand out from a distance so I can see it from the house without getting cold and wet!

    1. Yes, they are appreciated best up close and personal. It’s interesting how variable the perfume can be, even when you buy a variety noted for it. I thought your yellow one was gorgeous.- shame it’s not delivering on the scent front. About 6 gardens ago I planted Jelena, and that was very fragrant, but on the copper red spectrum.

  2. How lovely, your beech hedge looks amazing, and soon to be joined by the new one too. Yellow and perhaps bright orange witch hazels, cornus midwinter fire, so many plants would look amazing (albeit subtly) with that backdrop. It all looks rather wonderful. I am envious of your snow, not even a decent frost here!

  3. The beech is a valuable asset and gives the garden shelter and structure. It would be a very different place without it.
    We have a more definite winter here- snow is not uncommon and we’ve had plenty of frosts already. I imagine our growing season is shorter than yours. All the best for 2015.

  4. Your Beech Hedge is amazing, it must make the garden so sheltered. We managed to escape the snow that you had, we just had torrential rain and gales! My Garrya is flowering too, I think I cut it back too hard last time, so last year we didn’t have any tassels, it is making up for it this year.

    1. The hedge helps a great deal and that’s why we are planting a new one to edge the meadow. The winds from the west blow very sharply across at the moment.
      Garryas are lovely- I’m glad yours is flowering again now. I think they need pruning straight after they flower so next years catkins aren’t cut off.

  5. Such wonderful winter images in those top pictures – you captured the scenes perfectly I think.
    What a wee surprise it must have been to find those snowdrop blooms – you are of course right, a sign we are heading towards spring. It’s all good!

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