over here on the island we have not had the snow most of the rest of the UK has had, we have had some very cold winds coming from the east, we even had some days without the wind but is was still much too cold to venture out for a bit of gardening, however today things changed and the sun fought it’s way through the clouds briefly this morning and the wind was slight, so I decided to venture out with camera in hand.
I was very surprised with the amount of foliage still around after the heavy frost 2 weeks ago and the cold winds I expected most of it to be gone, the tweenie garden really surprised me, the amount of foliage on plants I don’t think are ever green, with the sunlight on it,
turning around the dogwoods in sunlight look quite colourful,
more foliage that is unexpected, this is the alder garden which I had intended to update in my end of month view posts last year but I never got much done here, too wet in winter then when it went dry it was the growing season and I couldn’t risk moving plants, 2 plants (by plant I mean type there are several of each) were put here until I could find them a home, 2 are self seeded and the grass and weeds around the alder trunk need to be removed!
another bed that is not how I planned it, the alder terrace, the tall hebe is the one the rabbit ate this time last year, it is coming on nicely and the very thorny branches I put around it for protection are still there though the hebe has grown out to cover them, the variegated hebe that should be growing to the left of this green one the rabbit ate and it didn’t survive,
so just over 2 weeks ago when I got some time in the garden I planted a small buddleia/butterfly bush there, I love buddleia and where I come from in the south east of England the common native buddleia grows wild every where. I do mean everywhere, they line the railways tracks, seed onto derelict buildings growing sometimes from the roof tops, when I saw some for sale in the shop in town last summer I could not resist, I re-potted it and kept it in the pot, it grew well with some long shoots so late summer I cut them off and put them in a mix of compost and sand 50/50 they have all taken, when I tipped this one from it’s pot it had a good root and though I only put it out a couple of weeks ago there are new shoots,
I was pleased when I saw Juniperus Squamata Blue carpet as after I planted it out some of the needles went brown, I included the large stone in the photo as it was dug out of the planting hole! it’s very heavy and quite large but being so flat I feel it could be useful,
this is my favourite winter foliage, decomposing leaves ……… these are the flowering currants,
a couple of grasses, this is red rooster, bought on a stall in town last summer, in summer it was red, now I still love it for it’s winter blond tresses, I’d like to be able to divide it and hope to have more,
Carex Frosted curls, I love this little grass which has produced a few seedlings this being one of them, this one is growing so much better than the rest I am going to move the others to this bed,
couldn’t resist another photo of the golden willow, I think I have enjoyed it more the last 2 winters as it is the only one left, it is growing on the east side of the house so is protected from the south westerly winds, I had a hedge of 6 in a row on the west side of the house at this time of year they were beautiful, in May 2011 just as they were starting to grow we had gale force winds which is unusual for May, the gale didn’t just damage my trees it damaged trees along the west coast of Scotland, I am going to coppice this one this spring and make a new hedge, I’m so glad I at least have one still,
I thought the best way to finish a January foliage post is with a photo of the new shoots already pushing through on the flowering currants, at their base is last years leaves providing a mulch and this years leaves are staring their journey,
as this is mostly foliage although I’m a few days late I’m linking to Christina’s foliage meme, so if you haven’t already and would like to see more foliage posts from around the world pop over to Christina’s blog,
I also managed to do some work in the garden, none of the plant moving I would like to do as it was a bit cold for that but preparation, an hour after I came in the rain started, the weather people had said strong winds and rain were heading our way, well they have arrived I can hear the wind outside, so glad I am in the warm, hope you are too,