A damp and dreary day expressive of January but I’m using artistic licence because I took these photos yesterday in the sun. There are lovely things to look at outside at all times and Six on Saturday helps me focus on that!
Amazingly these daffodils are already out even before the snowdrops. They are ice follies and if we get the cold weather predicted next week they will be true to their name.
I have always loved catkins. I planted this 5 years ago and it brings the countryside into the garden. So bright and simple and happy.
3. Cornus Mid-winter fire
Very suited to its name. Another easy shrub but lovely in winter.
4. Witch Hazel
I adore these small trees and envy gardens that have old established ones alight with colour at this time of year. Wakehurst has some wonderful specimens. They are very slow growing for me but I think I’m lucky that I can grow them at all because I live within sight of the chalky south downs. This is Diane and I also have Pallida which is not in flower yet.
5. Mahonia (Charity)
Beautiful clear yellow against a blue sky makes your heart sing. I’m not sure how big it gets but it just keeps growing without any help from me and the blackbirds eat all the blueish berries that come after the flowers.
At the risk of being boring, last but not least, hellebores which grow in this east facing, dry shady border along the fence and are rediscovered every winter.
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