My garden is predominantly herbaceous, and being in a temperate climate, that means it spends a fair part of the year looking barren and bare. There are several evergreen plants and shrubs but they’re by no means enough to keep the “lush, green” feeling going through the winter.
As I become more aware of plants and gardening, and take more photos of the garden – not just in the height of summer when the borders are overflowing – but also in the depths of winter when most of the garden is dead, I am amazed that such plant and flowering abundance is levelled right down to the ground each year.
Each year, every year, the cycle goes on and it never ceases to amaze me. Right now the garden looks dreadful for the most part. However, there are many signs of life: the Christmas Box and Bergenias are already flowering, daffodils are forming flower heads and snowdrops have already thrust through the soil. The buds on deciduous shrubs are fattening and the herbaceous plants are already pushing this year’s shoots through the ground. Meanwhile, I’m desperately trying to finish the winter clean-up as there are queues of seed trays in the greenhouses lining up to be planted out and add to the abundance of Summer.
Coming back to the present, there is still February to get through, but there are so many changes happening right now that once Spring arrives and things really get underway, I’m just not going to be able to keep up!