A rather sorry end of month view, but then it is January so perhaps I shouldn’t fret.
The old tin bath above was new (in a second hand sort of way) towards the end of last summer. I painted it to match the house and initially filled it with a bit of a quirky mix, including a number of Aeoniums and some Diascia which provided a jolly show to greet those arriving up the steps at the front of the house.
For the winter, I’ve changed its look to a dark red and silver combination of Cyclamen, pansies, Cineraria and Euphorbia mysinites. Unfortunately I hadn’t read the crucial advice for winter containers, which is to cram in the planting from the word go as the plants won’t really grow and spread in winter as they do in summer. Consequently my pot is a little sparse, but still, it provides welcome colour at this time of year.
The rest of the garden looks a lot like it’s ‘resting’.
The Drive Bed, below, has a few hellebores (worryingly I think fewer than last year) as well as one of the two Garrya Elliptica. The strap like leaves are the Sisyrinchium striatum I moved from the Swing Beds in the autumn, the idea being that their flowers should match with the pale yellow flowers of the climbing rose ‘Snow Goose’, later in the year.
The view of the Grass Bed is rather disturbed by all the workmen’s kit. Whilst the grasses are still looking good, the rest of the bed is pretty empty apart from the Forget me knots. The numerous spring bulbs are still to raise their heads.
I had a little tidy of the two Med Beds in front of the greenhouse, and cleared away many leaves which had blown into the bed. The two most obvious plants here are the Euphorbia mysinites (front left) and Agapanthus plants which I planted out last year and were grown from seed two years earlier. I don’t know whether the Agapanthus will flower this year but I live in hope.
The picture of the two Swing Beds shows the Salvia and Phlomis italica dominating the foreground. Both need cutting back so they don’t get too leggy this year.
The photo below is of the Oak Bed, which spends most of the year shaded by the Over-the-road-Oak. There are a lot of Spring bulbs to come in this bed which take advantage of the better light before the Oak gets its full canopy. And there are already a number of Hellebores flowering towards the front of the bed.
The Viburnum Tinus is rather overwhelming here and also needs to be cut back.
And to finish, a little more colour. Sadly this isn’t in my garden, rather in my neighbour’s, but it’s their lovely Mimosa, flowering bravely in the January chill.
With thanks as ever to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting this End of Month meme,