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such small deer

The ground thawed over the weekend and Harlequin, in a fit of excitement, brought in a worm. Mighty huntress! I ended up out in the garden too, this weekend; roses and shrubs to tuck away, the tops of Nerines to strip back. Scruffy top-growth re-purposed as winter blankets for Canna and Agapanthus. One of the almost-dead treelings had produced tiny flowers, so I'm off again to try and identify it, this time with winter-flowering in the search terms. It's responded quite well to top-dressing with ericacious, so hooray for wild guesses. The miniature rhodedendron I gave it to fluff out its bare bottom didn't die in the cold either (phew) although I'm wondering if it might not be time to branch out into garden fabrics; fleece to keep out the cold, capillary matting for the seedlings, an oily rag for the tools.

The library continues to be a source of frustration and information. "The Winter Garden" lays out an entirely different approach to the cold season, where you don't hide and tidy, but aims to have plants which are enjoyable throughout the year (although a large amount of it seems to involve adjusting your own attitude to see things as dormant rather than dead). Lovely, but produces a "what have you done, exactly?" reaction from the person whose garden it is. "Hamlyn Pruning Basics" is full of very well-drawn diagrams of exactly what to cut and how. Not that you can really go wrong with (say) an established wisteria, but good diagrams seem do fix things that you need to approach in a visual way in the mind far better than either a video (too much information) or words (too little).

I've also heard that there are Lego Christmas cards in Tesco. Not in the one on Cowley Road, there aren't! Maybe Megatescos.


( 3 worms — Feed the birds )
13th Dec, 2010 12:22 (UTC)
Have been delighted to find that our garden contains some lovely winter flowering plants, as well as the holly, yew and conifers so is still attractive this time of year. The previous owner told me it had been planned for colour year-round and I think they did well.
13th Dec, 2010 20:19 (UTC)
you should have a winter garden party :)
14th Dec, 2010 09:22 (UTC)
I am not convinced by the all year round garden. There are winter flowerers - aconite, pansy, mahonia, snowdrops - but by the nature of the climate they are slow growing and not particularly flashy. It is not like there are any insects around to make it worth while. The second thing is that it is usually too cold for me to want to sit out or even walk around much and a garden seen through a window seems less important.
I do like structural plants though and they can be pruned to be interesting in winter.
( 3 worms — Feed the birds )