First post of the year!

And I’ll open with a photo:

Garden, January 1 2013

Garden, January 1 2013

This is the view from just outside my kitchen window, and my plan is to take a photo from the same spot at least once every week, for this year. I tried something similar last year but I overcomplicated it, so this year am keeping it more straightforward.

The weather today has been beautiful – dry, bright, sunny with blue skies, and mild too for the time of year. Spent the day with family as it is my Mum’s birthday, so no time for any gardening, but borrowing a New Year’s Day habit from Beth Chatto I did go out into the garden to note what was flowering. The Viburnum and Chimonanthus are both blooming well with the added bonus common to winter flowers of each having lovely perfume. Also here and there early primroses are in flower, and the cheeky buttercup that is poking through next door’s fence deserves a mention before I pull it out.

Driving home from my sister’s in the late afternoon it was lovely to be out in the remaining winter light and watch the sky deepen as the sun went down – still too early for my liking, but three minutes later than yesterday!

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About Sara Davison

I've been gardening as long as I can remember; initially as a child, learning from my mother, and then with each successive garden I've owned, I've expanded my knowledge and my plant collection. Starting Spring 2014 I'm taking my first steps as a flower farmer, growing British flowers for cutting on an acre of rented farmland in the Surrey Hills.
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3 Responses to First post of the year!

  1. PJ Girl says:

    It really was a lovely day today – the first without rain for a looong time! It’s a great idea to have a photo every week (I’m too forgetful to do this!).
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing your garden throughout the year x

  2. Flighty says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how your garden changes, and looks, through the year, and it’s good that even at this time of year there is still something in bloom.
    The days will soon start getting noticeably lighter, thank goodness. xx

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