January in my garden

January in my garden

Happy New Year!  Although admittedly, it does feel strange to write that when we’re a third of the way through the month already.  Anyway, after a much needed festive break, it’s time to take stock and have a look at January in my garden once again.

What’s flowering now?

Not much at this time of year, the garden is in its resting phase.  Most plants are conserving energy and concentrating on their roots, ready to put on a burst of colour and fragrance in spring.  It’s actually one of my favourite months (even though I say that every month) because I can see the shape and layout of my garden more clearly.  Where there are gaps, and what might complement existing shrubs.

But there are a few splashes of brightness, like the lovely vibrant cyclamens (cover pic) nestled among the wild strawberries under our weeping pear tree.  They seem to thrive on a woodland floor environment.

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And my collection of hellebores are starting to open up.  I’ve cut back the old leaves around their bases to get rid of any fungal spores that can infect the new growth.  They’ll be glorious in a few weeks’ time, if last year is anything to go by.

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I’m so pleased to see a few snowdrops under the weeping birch in our orchard, a sign that the longer days are coming.  They’re supposed to be easy to grow but that’s not been my experience over the years.  They seem to be happy here though so I’ll buy a few more clumps “in the green” to add to them.  (In the green simply means planting with all their green foliage intact once flowering is over, to get established faster than tiny bulbs).

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I mentioned last January that one of my garden pleasures was relaxing on the bench next to our fragrant Daphne odora on a sunny morning.  I’m looking forward to doing so again just as soon as it warms up a few more degrees, brrr.  The contrast between the delicate pale pink of the flowers and the glossy dark green of the leaves looks stunning, don’t you think?

What’s sprouting now?

Surprisingly, given how early in the growing season we are, quite a lot.  Various bulbs have started poking their leaves through the grass and weeds on top of my pots (clearly I need to do some weeding and re-composting shortly).

There’s also a lot of new growth coming on some perennials, so I’ve cut the old brown foliage away to give them light and air.  And I’m absolutely thrilled to see I have three new roses that are growing from some cuttings I took and stuck in a flower bed after pruning last September.  This was a tip from Gardeners World but I didn’t really expect anything, I’d even forgotten I’d done it.  But look (very closely!) at those green sticks at the front of the photo.  Fingers crossed, come early summer I might have three new FREE rose bushes, which will be clones of my favourite climbing fragrant Madame Carriere 🙂

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And the sunflower seed heads I’d left out for the birds last September have started sprouting!  As it’s far too early for tender little seedlings to survive the frosts outside, I’ve stuck one of the heads into an old compost bag in the greenhouse.  I’m very curious to see what will happen.

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Jobs for January

We’re excitedly waiting for the delivery of a new silver birch this week.  I’ve always loved these deciduous, elegant, graceful trees.  When the one in my childhood garden had to be felled, we even kept the top eight foot to use as our Christmas tree each year.  I haven’t decided exactly where it’s going but why let such practical considerations get in the way of a new garden purchase?

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Pruning jobs include our honeysuckles, lavender, and late summer flowering purple climbing Viticella clematis.  The latter needs cutting back hard to about 30cm above ground level otherwise you end up with a few buds on the very top of old brown stems instead of new lush green growth.  And I’ve asked Alan to put up some wires behind a climbing rose, so I can train her in as she grows back this spring/summer.  It goes without saying, we’ll be keeping our bird feeders (cages, tables, and fir cones) topped up this month, as well as ensuring our ponds don’t ice over.  Wildlife needs all the help we can offer during the winter.

Flora’s garden

Flora’s garden is looking a little quiet now.  We’ve planted two bare root raspberry bushes and the broad bean seeds and garlic cloves from her last Mud and Bloom box.  I don’t imagine they’ll start growing until the weather warms up though.  She still hasn’t decided what she wants to do with the bare patch behind the pond but Gardeners World starts again on 8th March, so I expect Monty Don will give her a few ideas.

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January in my garden

Well, this is what January in my garden looks like.  Enough to admire and enjoy but with plenty of jobs to do and spaces to fill with new plants this year.  Time to settle down with my favourite catalogues and a very large glass of wine, I think.  And just a reminder, if you haven’t put your Christmas tree for Council recycling yet, why not see if you have goat farmers near you?  Goats will eat everything, needles, bark, branches, the lot.  So much more satisfying than putting it out for shredding (remember THAT episode of Friends, the one where Joey had a chipping job, much to Phoebe’s horror?!)  What jobs will you be doing in your green space this month?

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Cordelia Moor
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Genuinely my month doesn’t feel like it’s started properly until your gardening post. Still my favourite piece of content in the world, it just feels so peaceful and pleasant to have you walk us through what’s going on in your garden month by month. Gives me the nature I crave being away from Devon! Lovely pictures, the cyclamens are just gorgeous.

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Bexa
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I always find your gardening posts so enjoyable and relaxing to read Lisa. The snowdrops are so pretty and I’m glad the longer days are coming, I’m done with winter now, bring back the sunshine and lazy evenings in the garden please 🙂 That’s fantastic that you may get free rose bushes, can’t wait to see their progress in the summer. Yay for new garden purchases, I agree, don’t let practical considerations get in the way of exciting new things! He he, looking forward to see the silver birch in it’s new home in your next update. Thank you for… Read more »

Jess
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Your garden is so lovely! I’ve never been one for gardening so I think I’ll have to employ you to come and do mine when we move out! The cyclamens and snowdrops are definitely my favourites!

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Stacey
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This is such a refreshing blog! I love looking at people’s gardens, I’m a terrible gardener myself so reading how amazing your garden is makes me feel better!

Becomingelyia
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Becomingelyia

What beautiful photos! I’m sure it’ll look amazing in summer – I can’t wait to see it!

Amie
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Your garden is absolutely beautiful & I love seeing things come into bloom, especially the snowdrops, they’re some of my favourites!

Love, Amie ❤
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Rums the Reader
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Such a great post Lisa! January in your garden looks amazing and I’d love to get into gardening one day! I like how you walk through all the different plants and flowers and really go into detail. I also like the little tips you included at the end. Thanks for sharing!

what corinne did
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Love this post! It is so informative! I wish I had a garden! I love gardening so much! I remember back home, when the snowdrops were popping out everywhere in the garden! so pretty!

Kate
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Your garden looks so beautiful, you should be super proud.

I love reading about gardening, as my mum is very avid gardener herself and I can’t wait to (hopefully) one day have my own.

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Michelle Blackadar
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Michelle Blackadar

oh how i love a good Friends reference! i completely agree with you on how beautiful the contrast of the light pink flower looks against the deep green leaves. i can’t wait to see what new garden goodies you find and how you implement them xx

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Ros
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Oh waw! I love this post. I’m from the Caribbean and it’s sunshine all year around – which means lots and lots and lots of green! I have lettuce heads to pick and a tomatoes plant that has the tiniest little tomatoes. I’m so excited for them! Thanks for sharing.

Sophie Wentworth
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I was about to say the only thing in my garden this January is a dying Christmas tree, then I saw your final paragraph. I didn’t know that! I don’t think we have goats anywhere near us, but still good to know. The snowdrops coming through are so pretty! x

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kate
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kate

What a lovely post! I only have a little bit of patio space in my flat at the moment, but I’ve spotted some cool things on Pinterest to do with palettes – I love growing herbs for cooking! And they’re pretty hard to kill by all accounts. Your garden looks stunning – the perfect place to relax with a nice coffee and relax in the sun. Fingers crossed everything blooms perfectly for you!
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Bronia
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It’s so lovely seeing everything in your garden and Flora’s garden is so sweet! I only have a yard where I am now so it’s very lacking in greenery but that might be for the best considering I keep accidentally killing my desk plants at work! Hoping I acquire a green thumb sometime soon

Dessy
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You have such a beautiful garden! Keep it up <3

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New Lune
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Your garden is soo beautiful! I can never get enough of it! Gorgeous pictures x

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Ms Via
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I love your gardening posts Lisa. The pictures you take feel good to look at. The sprouting and everything, I don’t know but feel so nice. 🙂 I wish I get a chance to visit your garden some day hehe. Can’t wait to see the roses blooming. Wishing you and your lovely family a very happy new year. 🙂

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Ruth
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I think snowdrops are such underrated flowers – they’re so sweet. I loved your tip about goats eating everything on the old Christmas tree, because I had no idea. I’ve learnt something new today, yay! I can’t wait to see how your garden develops as we head into spring!