Box ball, clipped Buxus sempervirens, Eupatorium Elin, frost, Hydrangea paniculata limelight, Ilex crenata, japanese holly, Joe pye weed, Pheasant's tail grass, Stipa arundinacea, Tuesday View, Winter
The last few days here have been very cold but settled, frosty and still. Pretty to look at. The frost barely defrosts even in direct sunlight and so little actual garden work can be done. Cathy at https://wordsandherbs.com hosts the Tuesday View.
There will be lots to do once we move into February and the weather begins to warm up. In the meantime there is lots of fireside planning, research, reading and drawing to be done. Just look at this:
It would seem as if this would be a great place to have a seating area as it catches the very last of the sun. In reality it gets covered in sticky stuff from the trees and the birds within the trees. I am presently working on an idea for a structure that will protect the area below the trees from the ‘stuff’ but that will not block out the precious light. I do not want a Summer house (too twee) or a pergola (it will not stop the debris) but I do want something there. Any ideas? So whilst I share my thoughts with someone who can make stuff, here are the close ups.
This small leaf evergreen, otherwise known as Japanese holly is a slow growing plant which lends itself well to clipping and is a good alternative to Box. I have not grown it before but found a bunch of five, half price in my local garden centre. Still in pots awaiting a home, I will let you know how they fare.
Thank you to those of you who expressed concern/ sympathy about the leak outside my gate. Thames Water advised me that they had fixed the leak despite my concerns that the hole in the ground had filled with water again. Whilst writing this, the team to back fill the hole arrived. On pumping out the surplus water the pipe cracked and the leak is back with a vengence. Efficient.
Back to the plants and breathe.