The weather has grown cold, but my winter tidy up is complete; it was finished right before the cold snap, to my great relief!
Shrubs were moved, perennials divided and given new homes, grasses were released from clumps to make way for new spring growth, and the last of my bulbs (Allium and miniature Daffodils) were planted where my Lavatera once lived. Lavatera has sadly gone to plant Heaven. Her limbs were degenerating and breaking off…
I have produced a little slideshow in her memory:
I shall plant a climbing Rose where she once grew, in the hope that the bees will approve.
Meanwhile, the front garden is looking decidedly better. A strong man removed three Rock Roses that were rather overgrown, and they have been adopted in a new home.
You can see the before photograph below:
And the same spot, post transformation:
A HUGE improvement.
The back garden has a few solitary blooms amidst “the forty shades of green.”
I am always amazed at the hardiness of such delicate petals.
The view across the back garden now looks like this:
I will allow the remaining leaves to die back well into spring, to provide shelter for mini-beasts. A log pile lies hidden in a corner for added accomodation.
Meanwhile, I am feeding some VERY hungry birds. They are eating THREE TIMES faster than last year!
Did the Robins tell everyone there was a party at Brigid’s place??
I will leave you with a little video taken last winter:
Lavatera has a starring role in the background.
Brigid P. Gallagher
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