When we get snow, it looks magical. The kids love it, the fields and gardens look stunning…….and then we get bored with it. What was a beautiful carpet begins to turn into slush and finally looks dirty and unkempt. There it is, the ‘tidy’ side of me coming out again.
I admit to being pleased when the green green grass of the garden came into view again – so Elly and I took a walk around the patch to see what damage had been done.
Priority for Elly was a chance to get on her trampoline, sweep off fallen leaves and remind me what it’s like to have flexible knees!
On the other hand, the old man strolled around to look for snow and ice damage – which was strangely very limited. My favourite spot in the garden is a little brick paved area between the lawn and the trampoline – screened by some trellis. I have divided the garden into areas or rooms, the paved seating area, the lawn and flower beds, this area, the play area with Elly’s trampoline, and then…….the shed and total mess.
I’m actually colour blind, mainly shades, but do need to ask people to confirm certain colours for me sometimes. So, my taste in plants is very much on strong form, architectural shapes and lush greens.
Anyway, in this area, is one of my favourites – a large Phormium, one that I bought in Cornwall some years ago. The last time we had a dump of snow, a nearby apple tree lost a large branch and crushed it, so I was a little worried about it this time around. However, apart from a few bent leaves, it looked surprising well.
I’ve still got the remnants of the apple tree though – I let the stump be covered in ivy, and it acts as a bit of ‘marker’ to the bottom of the garden
There not everyone’s favourite, but I like them for their glossy leaves and the structural framework they add to the garden – is the Choisya ternata.
Every year, this particular variety gets badly stung by the frost, but it got away without a scratch! At least I don’t have any major plant replacements at this stage of the year.
So, with a mug of tea in hand, I made plans for the areas that will have my attention this year.
This is an area once used to grow a limited amount of vegetables, but has always been restricted by nearby Laurel trees, the ever encroaching ivy – and a badly postioned Sambuscus. This is west facing and will get a lot of sun and it shouldn’t take too long to get in shape.
The borders in the main area of the garden need some much needed attention too.
Too narrow, lacking in imagination, colour and shape – although I do like the row of galvanised obelisks……available at The Town Garden.
…need I say more?
Let’s see how I get on this year.