The wet weather continues and I keep slowly plodding along the border edges in between the showers and when the grass doesn’t squelch upon walking on it. That only adds up to a few hours here and there in between days of rain and monotonous, grey, overcast skies. Northern temperate-climate people are usually snowed-in around this time of year; I’m “rained-in”.
Despite the weather, I can see changes happening gradually in the garden as the plants are starting to wake up. Most recently, the Camellias are starting to flower. The Magnolia even tried a “test” with a single flower, the aubretia’s just gone ahead and fully bloomed anyway. The cyclamen have been caught by surprise and are racing to catch up to flower. The crocuses are finishing and the snowdrops are saying, “we started first!” as they set seed.
The flowering of the various large, inherited Camellias signals the “proper” start to the new season in the garden, despite the fact that other plants have been flowering months before over the winter. I love it when these large shrubs burst into flower, though they usually do so around mid-March so we’re pretty early this year due to the mild weather. We haven’t had snow yet and though this coming week might see me de-frosting the car on some mornings, I’m not going to be shovelling the driveway any time soon.
Winter jobs are continuing and coming up soon will be pruning of shrubs, roses and the beech hedge in particular. There’s no thought to new areas I want to work on. I made a start on the large herbaceous border last year and I’ll just continue that this year. I’m hoping that I won’t be distracted by other jobs that pop out of no where, in previous years there’s been the removal of a large row of bamboo clumps, assembly of an urn, completely re-doing the front border, creating a compost heap and all those sorts of odd-jobs that you try and “fit in” between what you’re actually supposed to be doing.
Meanwhile, inside the Strelitzia has had one flower and there’s been long pause as it prepares to open about four flowers at once, with some more coming after. It’s going to be an impressive show, just as soon as it starts….any week now…