Out in the Garden in January

I need to confess, I am a little a reasonable weather condition garden enthusiast. At this time of year there’s chat about the virtue of digging over the plot on a crisp winter season day, however I admit it’s not 100% interesting me. I do garden in poor weather, however not gladly so. I do not much like the rain dripping down my face and frozen hands. Still, offered the mess out there, I did venture out to attempt and clear some of the summer debris not least on the veg plot which was still supporting spectres of Broad beans, (disgraceful!).

I soon heated up taking on both particles and weeds, of which there was plenty. Thankfully Santa brought me a Grubber which is an excellent little kit. I found it was even strong enough to use as a prop in one hand when reaching throughout a border with the other … … although don’t try that at home in your garden, as plainly not what it was created for. Anybody flat on their face in soil has only their own folly to blame not me.

Interesting getting close up to the borders to see how much life and development there is at ground level, albeit encouraged by the mild winter, the perennials are on the move. Not surprising as perennials will, all being well and providing they are sturdy, return every year. Buying plants is costly, and so choosing a plant which is completely sturdy in your garden is necessary.

You can construct the brand-new tiny shoots of Alchemilla (Lady’s mantle) just beginning to come through. Alchemilla is a beautiful, late spring/ early summertime flowering perennial which blends well with many plants. It’s fresh foliage in the spring is a frothy green and Alchemilla is easy to grow.

But don’t worry if you are looking at some part in the garden and there are no shoots, just bare earth, but you do keep in mind a plant there last year. You are most likely looking at the space of a herbaceous perennial, which is different, as herbaceous plants pass away back completely in the winter leaving bare earth up until the spring when they regrow. Examples of herbaceous perennials are Peony and Hosta. The development above soil all dies back however the plant endures under ground for the next spring. Many herbaceous plants are amongst the most showy of the summer season flowering plants such as Delphinium and make excellent border plants. I am not trouble by bare earth in the winter providing it’s not loaded with weeds.

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