The plants are setting out with determination into the new year and I hope that they won’t be caught by a late frost. Daffodils, primroses, and hellebores are open everywhere, and in the garden I have Iris Lazica.
The garden will be ‘open’ to visitors as part of our Open Weekend in just over three months – scarey! Today was a beautiful day in Suffolk and I have been digging out weeds and cutting back the dogwoods. I couldn’t bear to throw away the beautiful red and yellow branches and so they are side by side in a glass vase.
The bergenias are a deep maroon; the brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ are starting to develop leaves; the Japanese anenomes are also starting out again – but the leaves look rather yellow. I have applied bonemeal and perhaps need to add some general fertiliser? There are buds on the hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ and this year I have just dead-headed, rather than cutting hard back. The viburnum compactum buds are swelling and the vinca is flowering – we are getting ready!
I need to get myself into the garden – the plants are waking up and the gaps I created in the autumn need to be filled. And the Open Weekend in June is only three and a half months away! I thought it would be useful to look at the development of parts of the garden over the past three years.