Signs of spring in the garden

Cally mix hellebore - suburban-gardenIt is easy to dismiss a garden in January but there are some signs of spring evident even though it’s a bit early! You just need to want to keep your eyes open and know where to look.

Our garden is currently going through an overhaul. We moved in at the end of 2013 and last year was a ‘do as much as you can year’ in order that we got some of the benefits this year. And it seems to be paying dividends even through some of the plants were established way before we arrived on the scene.

Last Sunday we did a bit of tidying up in the front. As well as making the plant pots that stand outside our doorstep a little neater and replacing the top layer of soil in them with some fresh compost, I also sorted out the hollyhocks.

I persist with hollyhocks even through they are prone to rust because I couldn’t imagine a summer without their tall blooms waving about in the wind. I removed any dead leaves and any that showed signs of rust. We are lucky that we have a large beech tree in our back garden and I gathered some of the leaves and packed them in and around the hollyhocks, taking care not to damage the roots. Eventually the beech leaves will decompose and hopefully give the hollyhocks some much needed nutrients. Anyway they already look much healthier, so that’s good enough for me.

Here is a little flavour of what else is going on in our garden at the moment:

I think the ‘Cally mix’ Hellebore featured as my main image is simply stunning. It has really brightened up a dull part of the garden. The clematis is still going strong and I know once it passes its’ best then the silky seed pods add another dimension to the trellis support.

The snapdragon has been going strong all year. Again I just tidied it up a bit by cutting off the seed pods and any straggly leaves and branches. The yellow ranunculus ficaria was one of the first signs of spring last year although since then we’ve disturbed a lot of the soil at the back. As a result we’ve probably lost the carpet effect that all these plants created last year but I’m not going to worry about it; these plants are considered invasive.


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