Here we are at the end of this month and the end of 2021. What a year!
I feel like I have spent a lot of time this year evaluating and re-evaluating the garden. This should probably not be a massive surprise that now the garden is in its second decade. I am feeling it is a little tired and needing a bit of a zhuzh (or I am talking about myself?.......) These last few weeks when I have been able to get outside, I have already started to make some changes.e of the
My neighbours replaced the fence between us and this has been a really good thing for my garden. Whilst it is still a little bright, it seems to have opened up ideas and opportunities for me I had not previously considered.
he Crytomeria sekkan sugi is growing ok at the top of the garden. There is good new growth and I was worrying a little that the lower branches do look a little sickly. A quick google though has reminded me that the tree can turn yellow/gold in winter so now I take this as a sign that it is happy. I shall keep an eye on it nonetheless.
You might just be able to see that the Pinus mugo is now planted into the corner behind the Crytomeria and the Garrya eliptica is tasseling its little heart out. The Garrya has made me change my opinion about it as I had thought it a dull plant. This one was already in the garden when I bought the house and I let it stay because, quite frankly, I just couldn't be bothered to remove it. Now all these years later it is a fine, fine shrub. I feel guilty for dismissing it so quickly.
as is the early hamamelis.
So here is to 2022, let's hope for a good gardening year, let's hope for a good year generally. Let's hope.