|The back garden as it was last August before I escaped to the USA|
|The same garden now - like a seaside town in winter - all desperately sad and tawdry looking.|
As I'm not generally in the UK during the winter, I have not planted much for winter interest despite the fact that I love all those intrepid winter flowering species. I'm ashamed to say that there's not a single flower in my garden at the moment and a limited range of evergreens. On the plus side, despite reports that its been a cold winter, there don't seem to be many losses. A small delicate leaved Pittosporum in a pot has perished completely and my green Arundo donax looks very sad but otherwise most plants are alive. This is however the lowest spot of the year for gardens. The winter has wrecked its damage, autumn leaves have long lost their attraction, ornamental grasses have becomes tangled bundles of stalks and spring flowers are still hiding.
|Photinia 'Pink Marble - lovely new pink growths but awful habit|
|Heuchera 'Blackberry Jam' just looks sad without its summer partner of Hakonochloa 'Allgold'|
|Same group last summer|
|Good old reliable Trachycarpus fortunei just goes on growing slowly.|
|All the Phormiums have survived this winter|
|Just love the dusky foliage of Bergenia 'Evening Glow' - some gardeners just detest them - no taste!|
|Euphorbia mellifera - undamaged but looking a bit sad.|
|Astelia 'Westland' survived the 2011 winter when 'Silver Spear didn't.|
|So common but I love the sunny disposition of Euonymus 'Emerald 'n Gold'|
If only the sun would shine up in the sky and not just in golden foliage! I guess we'd all have more energy and enthusiasm. I really do want to get out there, tidy up and see what gaps need filling. And then there's the stump of that eucalyptus that I cut down late last summer. It must be removed before it starts to re-grow! I think I shall move over the Cercis 'Hearts of gold' which will leave more room for the Tetrapanax to spread. So much to do and so little inclination at the moment! In a tiny garden like mine, plant losses are still disappointing but are also the opportunity for something new and exciting! A good excuse to go nursery visiting!