Friday, 23 January 2015

Let it snow!

We had our first smattering of snow this winter in January in the West Country.

The garden looks so different in the winter when all the exotics are tucked up cosily in their fleece blankets and the perennials and shrubs cut back. The buddleia in front of the hedge on the right has been half cut down but needs to have the old branches removed in the spring. Several of the climbers also need a firm cutting back this year. The pink clematis montana over the shed went berserk last year, as did the virginia creeper and the chocolate vine (akebia quinata) which you can see over the arch.
Most of the exotics are by the wall of the house safe from the worst of the weather but the cordylines are planted in the ground and can't be moved so they have their own fleece blankets around them held on with clothes pegs so I can pull the fleece over the crowns and between the leaves as the crowns are the part where new growth starts and so are the most tender parts of the plant.These two grew back from the stump of the original cordyline which was fatally damaged in a severe winter a couple of years ago.

We have a new bird house, and the smaller birds are now getting their share of food whilst the pigeons sit on top of the feeder looking confused. There is food for them elsewhere in the garden though and we seem to have two robins as well as the usual starlings, sparrows, blackbirds and various tits who come to get their home made muesli of mealworms, seeds and fat pellets provided daily by Himself along with the occasional offering of bread. Organic of course! 

How empty the garden looks! I am looking forward to the crocuses and snowdrops to break the monotony and add sparkles of colour to the garden.

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