The first lingering frost arrived this week. A scraping the ice off the windscreen and frozen bird bath sort of frost. A ‘don’t walk on the grass frost’. But another of the bare stem roses arrived too. So I did walk on the grass in order the plant the rose. Here’s my six:
The frost came on a clear sunny day and as I was scanning the garden front and back for suitable greenery for the house I remembered that I have a rather large fir tree that sometimes deigns to drop a few fir cones. I gathered two and looked longingly up at the rest.
I periodically wail about the lack of shrubs in the garden but whenever I get the chance to put something into a newly cleared space I choose a rose. This week ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’ arrived. I must thank the good folk at Ulting Wick garden in Essex who tweeted about this rose for a north facing situation. It’s a climber and I’m hoping it will romp away all over that brown fence of mine.
I just got my photo of the cotoneaster and the ivy into last week’s six in the nick of time. This week the berries have been stripped and the leaves have all gone. My festive offering for this week is holly. But no berries.
I still have a drop of colour in the garden. The hydrangea is turning down its bracts (I think I’ve got that right but please correct me if I’m wrong!) and showing off the pink undersides.
My neighbours’ viburnum are beginning to flower quite beautifully now. Ours has one single solitary flower head. All suggestions as to how get more will be gratefully received.
The buds on the rhododendron are forming. This is a very large specimen on the north facing border. The north facing border is the focus of my attention for 2019. Watch this space for indecision, digging and hopefully, developments.
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