|"January, sick and tired you've been hanging on me..." (who here remembers that song from the 70s!?)|
So. Much. Rain.
|Hart's Tongue by the swollen Glencullen River|
|Winter ferns in Knocksink woods|
|The Glencullen has risen above its banks a few times already this winter: submerging ferns and ivies here|
|Glendalough ruin in the fading light|
|Dalkey Island in the low winter light|
|View from the van, January: silver birch near the Slieve Bloom mountains|
I'm not a great one for new years resolutions, but times of change always prompt a bit of thought and a bit of planning. Receiving a gift of a beautiful notebook (thanks lb!) helped me decide that this year it would be lovely to keep track of the year, not just in the garden (it says 'Garden Notes' on the outside so of course there'll have to be garden stuff in there), but also just to record, in words and sketches, what other things are going on: how frequently Izzy and I see foxes on the morning walks, which birds are coming into the garden, and, in what I hope will be a monthly feature, the 'view from the van'. This month's was a silver birch in K's garden, we'll see what next month's will be.
|A happy schnauzer on a chilly morning near the Whitehorse river in Co Laois|
Some of the playing has serious intent - getting those buttery yellows and ochres just right for the 'White Light' leaves for the Plandaí Oidhreachta project.
|Colourin' (and some 'White Light' leaves)|
|View from the kitchen window: Viburnum farreri distracts from a bare winter garden. |
Near the fence, Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida' lightens the winter blues.