|Hellebore and Hamamelis 'Jelena'|
|A lone loganberry blossom opens in the earliest Spring sunshine|
|Checking the fruit garden|
I've been doing a bit of that 'well since it's winter you should look at your garden to see what changes need to be made' thing. And I think a small stand of tiny apple trees (the Coronet ones) might well go in, in place of a collection of Miscanthus zebrinus and Inula hookeri, plus some ivies growing over old tree stumps, all of which have been there for a long time (I always like to have some rotting wood in the garden, beetles and other beasties love it, and the frogs hibernate in and around it too). There's also a forlorn trellis on the wall nearby that's hiding behind some quince and an unruly mildewy honeysuckle that never blooms much, so there'll need to be work done there too. The quince has to stay, but the rest can go. Somewhere in there, there's a Blue Moon rose, a Zepherine Drouhin, and there used to be a Passion Flower until the winter of 2010.
Walls and fences are often the make or break of small suburban gardens; quite apart from the fact that good fences make good neighbours, they're the ever-noticeable boundaries to a small space. And when they're made of dull breeze blocks as they are in my garden it becomes ever more important to get them right. And I so-o-o-o haven't. One I covered in ivy for years (H. helix Buttercup) and the sparrows, blackbirds, wrens and robins loved it. But my neighbour on that side really didn't and when he 'cut' it a couple of years ago while pulling out hedging on his own side, he essentially damaged it enough that it had to go. I haven't solved that side since. The other side, with the quince, roses etc. sounds better here than it looks in real life so it'll need a bit of attending to this year. How shall I fit in the botanical painting, the allotment, the rest of the garden, oh and the day job, with all of that? We'll see...
Have a good week all.