THE WEATHER -
A Happy New Year to all! I've made a few New Year's Resolutions as I do every year, but I'm sure the majority of them won't last long!:
Although the weather has been very cold and frosty, there are beautiful effects to be seen in the garden. One of these is the patterns the frost makes on leaves, and this is Hydrangea quercifolia.
This chap looks jolly cold - he even has a snow moustache! This terracotta head is nestled amongst the foliage on the steep rockery slope which falls from level 2 to level 4 of the garden, and is on one side of the pond. He has weathered nicely over the past few years, and I think he is very attractive (in a terracotta-y sort of way!).
I love to watch the different variety of birds which visit my bird feeders, and I have a succession of visitors - not all of them welcome though, as you can see from this picture of one of the local squirrel population helping himself! Since this picture was taken, he has knawed a big hole in the orange plastic peanut feeder - so I shall have to replace that with a metal one! Since putting up my bird feeders, I have seen birds in the garden that I have never seen before, such as Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits and Blackcaps. I think it's such a thrill when I see birds that I've never seen before!
Still on the subject of the bird table - here's another couple of pictures of some visitors enjoying a feast! They are a Robin, a group of Long-Tailed Tits and a Blue Tit. All together now - Aaaaah!
My Hamamelis mollis is now quite big - around 2 metres tall. At the moment, it is a mass of beautiful bright yellow flowers which are strongly scented, and the smell wafts all over the garden. Heavenly when you're doing a spot of weeding!
That's all for this month...... Happy Gardening!!
|BIRDS SEEN IN OR AROUND THE GARDEN THIS MONTH|
Blackbird, Black Cap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crow, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Robin, Rook, Seagull, Sparrow Hawk, Starling, Thrush, Wood Pigeon, Wren.
|PLANTS IN FLOWER IN THE GARDEN|
Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Corylus maxima purpurea
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida'
Pulmonaria rubra 'Bowles's Red'|
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna
Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
Skimmia japonica 'Fragrant Cloud'
Skimmia japonica 'Kew Green'
Skimmia 'Magic Marlot'
Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'
Viburnum tinus 'Gwenllian'
Viburnum tinus 'Variegatum'
Already the Snowdrop dares appear,|
The first pale blossom of th' unripen'd year;
As Flora's breath, by some transforming power,
Had chang'd an icicle into a flower,
Its name and hue the scentless plant retains,
And winter lingers in its icy veins.
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