This week has been considerably colder - Jack Frost has well and truly been working his delights across the landscape. I have immersed myself into a ball of blankets and dressing gowns, using up most of the hot water by having large nightly bubble baths to keep toasty warm.
Most of the foliage in my garden has fallen, and things are looking a little bare. I wish that I had indulged in a little more winter colour. The plants in the pots have all been cut back, and we still have an empty raised planter, ready to be filled with plenty of summer blooming varieties. However, if we look a little closer, flowers are still very much thriving!
The Michaelmas daisies are in their prime, romping away in flower beds and borders, as are Kniphofia. You will be surprised to see many blooms still wide awake at this time of year - yet another reminder of this season of beauty.
|Aster Purple Dome|
The glorious purple shades of Aster Purple Dome
|Kniphofia Poco Red|
A glorious display of vibrancy with these Kniphofia Poco Red!
Along with looking into the possibility of splashing the garden with some much needed colour, there are a few weekend jobs that need ticking off the ever expanding 'to-do' list.
1) Leaves are everywhere, and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E! These need removing into the compost heap to produce a wonderful supply of mulch. This will prevent the leaves rotting into the lawn, keeping it neat, tidy and GREEN!.
2) Now that some of the foliage has disappeared from old shrubs and hedges, it has made it easier to remove dead branches or even take out old plants that have been trapped behind newer shrubs. This has meant that I can really clean and tidy the garden before the new season starts.
3) After growing a plethora of tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries, the greenhouse needs a good clean and tidy. I can't wait to get the pressure washer out and go mad! Next years challenge is bell peppers!!!
4) I have recently obtained some old pallets to create a nice little seating area at the bottom of the garden. They will require staining, treating and painting before being nailed down into their final position. I cannot wait to get this finished and show you all (sad I know). 2019 is the year for outside living!