Closed Christmas rose bud

Slow start

So I finally managed to take some garden photos for hdygg at the weekend. As soon as the rain stopped I legged it outside with the camera. T-shirt, pj bottoms and bed hair, photographing a small snail stuck to a dead echinacea head blowing about in the howling wind! Needs must! When I got back indoors I realised I’d shot them all with the wrong settings; thankfully the rain held off just long enough for me to re-take a few. Anyway, here’s what I found.

Snail on echinacea head
Snail on echinacea

^ Still a little bit blurry but the best of a bad bunch.

This is a Christmas rose; called so it’s suppose to flower in December. No flowers last year, two flowers in April the year before. This plant doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going. But just as I was about to give up and go indoors (the second time) I spotted buds! When Spring arrives I’m going to plant it out in a raised bed at the back.

Christmas rose bud
Christmas rose
Fading clematis leaves
Clematis leaves

Confused is the best word for our clematis; it’s pushing out fresh buds even though it hasn’t finished dropping leaves yet.

Green clematis bud
Clematis bud
Green leaves with white tinge
Cineraria silverdust

Last year we had grand visions of bringing our potted Christmas tree back indoors, a good few feet taller. The sparrows claimed it and we were worried about coming downstairs to a carpet full of worms one morning, so it spent the festive season outdoors. I’m pleased we’ve managed to keep it alive for a whole year.

Closeup of spruce
Potted Christmas tree

You can always count on a hydrangea to have something to show even in wet and miserable weather.

Colourful hydrangea
Hydrangea petals

I received a couple of really good garden books for my birthday: Derek Jarman’s Garden and Seasonal Food. I have Kriss to thank for the discovery of Derek Jarman – after reading her post Dungeness flowers in a strange wilderness I added his book to my wishlist. Seasonal Food will help Scott and I work out when our food is at its very best; the year planner at the back of book includes fish, meat and nuts as well as fruit and vegetables.

Gardening books

In other news we have a sparrow terrace to put up, some freesia bulbs to plant and I’m starting to think about ordering seeds for the allotment and garden at home. I’m itching to get back out there. How are your gardens this week? Are they as soggy and confused as ours?

16 comments on “Slow start

  1. I was admiring away your photos and then was thrilled to read you had been given Derek Jarman’s book – I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did. And had a lovely birthday!

    • I have another book on the go at the moment but once that’s finished I’m going to read this one; lots of beautiful photos. Definitely somewhere I’d like to visit one day.

  2. I ain’t no gardener, therefore my garden is always soggy and confused…!! 😉

  3. A sparrow terrace? *runs off to google*

    You garden looks lovely Gemma and a I think everything is a bit muddled this year garden wise, hopefully it will right itself soon and everything can get back to normal. The poor birds look a bit confused here too.

    It’s even more exciting seeing your garden now I have actually properly seen it too!

    Thanks for joining in again Baconface 🙂

    • We just need a dry day when we’re at both home to put the terrace up, hope the birds are as pleased with it as I am. Ah yes I forgot you’ve seen our garden! It was looking a bit sorry for itself at the time – hence me focusing in on the decent bits this week…

  4. Confused is a good word for gardens right now, but that poor clematis! And yes, bring on the seed catalogues X

  5. the crazy things we do for Annie…. you got some lovely shots. even if you had to go back out there again.

  6. On lovely 🙂

    I can’t wait to have something to show on my garden. It’s a complete blank slate at the moment…just a long stretch if grass. I have so many wishes and ideas buzzing around my head. 🙂

    • Blank slate gardens are the best. You can see exactly what you’ve got and get started. Best of luck for yours.

  7. Beautiful photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Fun to find yours as well.

  8. I have absolutely no idea what is supposed to flower and when, it’s always pot luck with my gardening, I’ve seen many posts from people saying everything is flowering early

  9. Oooh, I like the sound of the seasonal food book. Mind you with the weather this year all over the place it’s not only your Christmas rose that is flowering at the wrong time. My purple sprouting broccoli is almost ready to crop – TWO months early!

  10. Our garden is sooo muddy. It’s on a slope too so is quite slippery to walk up. Looking forward to the warmer/sunnier, dare I say drier weather.

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