Saturday 30 December 2017

 All the planning and preparation and Christmas went with the blink of an eye.
It was worth it, family time is so precious as the years pass by.
 The garden has been neglected due to weather and other factors.    I did manage to prune some apple trees.   I always leave some of the twigs beneath the trees for the rabbits to gnaw on.   By doing this, they leave the living plants alone.    I have become accustomed to their ways.
 Iris Foetidissima is not grown for the flowers, they are quite insignificant, although to be honest, they fascinate me.   The reason most allow them space in the garden is because of the lovely berries they produce in the Autumn.
 I love the way the berries hang from the plant and give a beautiful touch of colour around the garden.   Note to self divide and have a better display next Winter.
 Mahonia, another wonderful Winter flowering plant.    Great for Queen bees when they wake on a mild Winter day.     Also just look at the wonderful colour of the leaves.   They seem to be continually changing.
 Helleborus Foetidus, the stinking hellebore.    Just about ready to burst bud.
I always look forward to the lovely burgundy rim that adorns the flower.
 Cannot for the life of me remember what bulbs I put in the pots.    It was such a long time ago.    I do so love a surprise.   
 Sarcococca Confusa, or Christmas Box if you prefer (which I do)    Small insignificant blooms but the sweet honey scented flowers are to die for.   It wafts around the garden, tempting the gardener to go have a sniff.   I am hooked on this plant and increase my numbers each year.    Such beautiful perfume in Winter is a bonus.
 A lone olive hangs by a thread.   Memories of Summer lift my spirit, I can see the little tree in my minds eye, blooms covered in bees and the hot sun beating down.
I am ready for another gardening year.   As soon as the rain stops I will be out with the rake and wheelbarrow doing what I do best :)

Happy New Year to you all.   May it be a happy and healthy one for you and yours.


  1. It's great that you have so much colour in the depth of winter

    1. I try. Winter gardens can be so boring. :)

  2. So good to see you here Cheryl. You are oh so right about Christmas going by at a blink of the eye. It seems this entire year has flown by. I too am ready for a new gardening year. I have so many plans. It is very clever of you to leave some apple sticks for those pesky rabbits. These berries are gorgeous. I have never heard of this Iris. I wonder if it grows here. I love to have berries in the garden for wildlife. I know I can't grow mahonia of any sort. It gets too cold here. Like this entire next week is to have temps below 0. Brrrrrr. Even Annie won't stay out much in those temperatures. I love surprises too. I hope you show us what finally blooms in your pots. A happy and healthy new year to you too. We will be leaning toward that sun. :)

    1. Its common name is stinking iris Lisa, due to the scent when the leaves are crushed or bruised. It is a British native.
      It is great because it can be planted in full shade and still produce plenty of flowers. The flowers are quite wishy washy but I have grown to love them, and so do the bees. A bonus in this bee lovers garden.
      I will show you what blooms in the pot. I quite like not remembering.
      Brr that is cold. We had very low temperatures during December but now we are in a rainy mild spell. Not too sure which I prefer.

      Happy New Year Lisa xxx

  3. I have missed you and your posts, so lovely to hear from you. I love how you understand and work with nature. Good to see you enjoying a beautiful winter garden. I have those Iris berries and Christmas box too. All the very best to you and yours, have a fabulous

  4. Each season has something to offer. I have learned to love Winter. It is the only time we see a garden bare and almost vulnerable.

    Happy 2018 my friend. May it be a good one for you.

  5. Hello Cheryl, lovely to see this post from you.
    I have to agree with you, Christmas does go by at a blink of the eye, in fact I think 2017 zoomed by.
    I enjoyed seeing your photographs.

    Many thanks for commenting on the low carb diabetic blog. I see you have a recently discovered intolerance to dairy so will need to amend your diet etc.
    I'm sure your Doctor / medical professional has advised you on some foods that you can still eat. You may be interested to know, that a friend of mine who is intolerant to dairy, said she found this article helpful

    Sending my good wishes to you and yours for a Happy 2018.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you Jan, I shall take a look today when I have time to absorb the information.
      Really kind of you. It is all new to me at the moment.

      Have a great 2018

  6. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family, Cheryl! I know what you mean about Christmas going by in the blink of an eye--I should start taking down my tree and other decorations, but it seems like I put them up only yesterday and I'd like to enjoy them a little longer. The iris is so interesting; I'm not familiar with this plant, but I feel the same way about Blackberry lily, which has lovely seeds in the fall that I enjoy more than the blooms. We're in the grips of a real deep freeze here right now, so gardening is out of the questions for awhile. It was -14 F this morning, which I can't even convert to Celsius:) Wishing you and your family all the best in the coming New Year!

    1. Hi Rose,
      I hope you and your family are well especially the little ones.
      Blackberry Lily sound interesting. I just may have to do some research on it.
      That is cold Rose. Makes our temperatures seem positively tropical :) 7C at the moment or 44F

      Have a wonderful 2018 Rose

  7. I always love walking in your garden with you... and I also love sweet scents in the garden...