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A brief potter on the first day of the year.

Posted by flora_uk SW UK 8/9 (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 1, 13 at 14:43

Well, the sun came out today after days of gloom and rain so we managed a muddy walk in the country and lunch in a pub garden. Had the roof down driving back!

Then I wandered out into the garden to do a bit of tidying up. Cut back some Clematis. Swept up some leaves. Cursed the slugs already nibbling the bulb shoots.

Beginning to see some signs of spring. Flowers buds on the Hellebores and Chaenomeles. Winter flowering honeysuckle blooming with a dopey bumble bee doing the rounds. Snowdrops coming up.

Tomorrow and the rest of the week the forecast is more rain and gloom. But what a difference a drop of sunshine makes to your mood.

Anyone else had New Year's Day in the garden?

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RE: A brief potter on the first day of the year.

Happy New Years everyone. I have a gang coming for the annual beef dip get-together. I never know how many are coming until they actual arrive. Sooooo, I cooked a large Baron of Beef, a eight pounder this year, have lots of fresh buns from the bakery, two big salads, Greek and a Caesar and for dessert frozen lemon mousse. This is buffet style everyone serves themselves. The liquid refreshment consists of coffee tea or....

As far as the garden goes DH and I tied up a very floppy hydrangea when we came home from getting a few groceries but that's it. It's foggy and damp outside, so couldn't get too enthusiastic about doing anything else.


RE: A brief potter on the first day of the year.

Not much going on in my garden today. The morning temp was -15 with 10" of snow but it has warmed up to a balmy 14 this afternoon! I've been inside with hot chocolate and garden seed catalogs. Today has been a really nice start to the new year. Wishing everyone a Happy New Garden Year!

RE: A brief potter on the first day of the year.

I did the same kinds of things. I keep wandering out the door and trimming dead things back that don't care about having protective covers of leaves. Trimming spent pansy blooms and violas left and right. Cut back the hedychiums that have finally frozen some.

I have several newly planted bulbs which are very confused about their time of year. I have 3 snowdrops which came up and have put up buds-- but not opened. I'm hoping they can hold on for another month or so until it is time for them. They've stood still for 2 months now, so that may be a possibility.

I had a few spring-blooming violets bloom out last week in confusion as well. That's fine. It was a cheerful surprise.

RE: A brief potter on the first day of the year.

Barely made it to 20*F (-7*C) so I stayed in and watched college football games.

But it was sunny.


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