Helleborus niger “Verboom Beauty” with Cowslip and Primula Friends
Having completed my garden tidy up last month, I have become more relaxed and perhaps lazy…
Thankfully, the weather has been glorious – much nicer than both September and October.
Until yesterday, when it turned both stormy and wet!
Hopefully, it will have passed by the time this post is published.
My heart has been gladdened with the emergence of several families of Helleborus niger “Verboom Beauty.”:
My pots of Lavender are still thriving, and are providing warmth and shelter for a number of happy snails. Sadly, they declined my invitation to be included in this photograph!
Primula and Cowslip
It never ceases to amaze me how hardy plants can be despite colder weather. These Primula and Cowslip are smiling away near their Hellebore buddies:
Calendula and Heuchera
Meanwhile a number of cheery Calendula are repeat flowering next to the darker leaves of their Heuchera companions:
The delicate flowers of Nigella are nestling in the undergrowth like fairy flowers.
In recent months, I added a fun rockery filled with lots of spring bulbs, and two friendly leprechauns nicknamed Paddy and Nick, to keep an eye on the garden.
Nick must have been drinking too much mulled wine, as his hat is a little worse for wear!
Jobs for December
Continue to plant spring bulbs until the end of the month. Top Tips are included in a previous post HERE
Planning for 2019
Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour, and perhaps pore over a few seed catalogues to give you inspiration for 2019.
Feed the Birds
Please consider feeding the birds and any other local wildlife. You will be rewarded with hours of joy.
There will be no garden post in December, but I shall post a review of 2018, at the end of January.
The Healing Power of Gardening
Meanwhile, I shall continue to work on my next book – “The Healing Power of Gardening.”
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 a debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.