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A Letter to the Garden - January 2019

By Ozhene @papaver

Dear garden

Happy new year! It has been a couple of months since my last letter and the year has turned, so I thought it was time we had a catch up. Its been a bit damp recently, we have had some rain and the pond is refilling. This is good. Today as I write I look out of the window and it is a very January day: it is that dark not very daylight grey, it is windy and there is the hint of rain in the air.

A letter to the garden - January 2019

I wake up on such mornings and know that even a brief glimpse of sun will be the saving of the day. It's not that cold yet, thankfully, but the snow is coming. I have looked at the forecast for next week and the word I shall use is 'flakes'. Right on target, the snow cometh. I usually expect snow to arrive mid-to-late January so brace yourself, it is probably on its way. We have had a couple of frosts but it has not yet turned deeply cold with several consecutive cold nights. I have not fleeced up the greenhouse yet though I am sure I will have to do so soon.

Dear garden, as you know, gardening continues throughout the year. January is a hard month as we will most likely see the aforementioned snow and frost and rain; but I spend as much time as I can with you and even if I cannot do any meaningful work I observe your moods and changes with great care.

A letter to the garden - January 2019

The other day whilst weeding I found this orange fungus growing on a dead tree stump. I am hoping this is a good or at worse a neutral thing. By the way, can I just mention, the never ending crop of Wild Avens is really challenging. It feels a never-ending task to remove it. Though even as I say this to you I know that different parts of the garden attract different weeds that colonise. I am always fascinated by this and I use it to help me identify the different soil conditions there are. The Wild Avens appear to enjoy the heavier clay/poorly draining partso of the garden (yes there is moss you can see as well).

A letter to the garden - January 2019

The early snowdrops are already flowering and the crocii and the daffodils are starting to push through the earth. Every year, as you know, I add more snowdrops but now that you are in your twelfth year the clumps are bulking up well and I have been able to start dividing them and spreading them around even more. Sometimes, dear garden, I think I might love you most in the spring, as then you give me probably the most joy as I need every scrap of colour and hope that you can provide.

A letter to the garden - January 2019

I am delighted this year that there are quite a few self-sown cyclamen now in the garden. I have hoped that they would spread around and so I have to thank you and the ants for this. I do not thank the ants for much and you do have a lot of ants. When I saw this first self (ant) sown seedling flowering the other day I knew that I would forgive the ants much in the coming year.

A letter to the garden - January 2019

and I have bought you a present, a couple of new snowdrops: Dionysis and Tiny, I hope you like them.

Until next time....

love and kisses

Your gardener xxx

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