The Garden in January 2017


A winter view across my back garden

I had another JOY filled afternoon last week, weeding and pottering in my garden. Thankfully, the mild autumn and winter weather has ensured I am well ahead of my usual gardening schedule. 

I have gravel paths between my flower beds, with a strong barrier underneath, yet some determined weeds still manage to seed through the stones, and the gentle winter has allowed many of them to keep on growing…

I focused on weeding, as I surveyed the early spring growth.


A pot of daffodils by my back door is sprinting 


Miniature daffodils are already in flower


Bellis Perennis is still quite perky

Grasses and Christmas Roses provide a contrast to colourful Primulas

Wallflowers are unfolding, in assorted hues

Pink Pulmonaria will soon be joined by dear friends – yellow Daffodils and blue Muscari

In a couple of hours the weeds were gone, and I had completed a good, general tidy up.  I spent quite some time admiring my progress…

A red breasted friend followed me around as I unearthed some tasty morsels, before serenading me with a song or two…

I felt quite uplifted, as I headed back indoors to imbibe a welcome hot chocolate.

A Robin friend serenades my tidy up

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.

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  1. So many things blooming already!! Love the small daffodils!! We visited England (close enough!) a few times the years we lived in Spain and I remember one year in April there were swaths of daffodils everywhere. Happy gardening Brigid!! xox

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  2. Brigid – your garden looks lovely and I can’t believe how many flowers are growing there already – it really does look like Springtime.. Aren’t Robins adorable and it’s so touching when you get one that isn’t scared and does follow you around.. very cute! I hope you have a brilliant week.. xx

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