Hacking back the garden

The house may still be in a state of post-Christmas chaos, but green shoots are showing in the garden.

I’m guessing some of the bulbs are emerging earlier than normal after the ridiculously warm December. I would have taken some photos, but by the time I got back from the school run it was already dark.

Instead, here are some photos when I made an effort to tidy up parts of the garden last month, which made it possible to see some new growth now.

This particular corner is home to a very prickly rose bush, tree peony and climbing rose behind it, and the plants were attempting to take over the world.

 

Before: less a tree peony, more a triffid

And ta dah here’s the end result after my over-enthusiastic attempts at pruning. Fingers crossed for their survival…

 

After: well and truly pruned

I was also given some aconite bulbs, and decided to plant them in a corner of the front garden which is noticeably bare. It turned into a slightly longer job than expected once I started weeding.

 

Before: loads of leaves, limited bricks

Turns out the brick area is bigger than expected too, but part had been covered by earth, leaves and general debris. When we first moved in, the bricks hosted an elderly sandpit crammed with snails.

It took a couple of trips to the tip to offload the rotting wood and grubby sand, but now it seems the slugs have moved in instead.

Yak, slugs.

Here’s the sparse result after the clear out. The plant leaning to the right is the japonica planted quite in the wrong place, which only flowers on the other side of the wall (photo in previous post here).

The other small lonely shrub in the middle of the garden wall is a rhodendron I bought in a fit of optimism from Morrisons. If I ever get round to digging in some of the appropriate feeder / fertiliser, it might be a bit happier.

After: more bricks, general feeling of virtue

I love the variegated leaves on the plant in the photo below, which has popped up in a few places near tree trunks. Anyone know what it is?

Mystery leaves: pretty but probably a weed?

I think it started as these funny whorls earlier in the year, which struck me as weird enough to photograph at the time.

I’m going to pretend they’re alien growths, rather than just a plant.

Now if the rain would only hold off a bit longer tomorrow, I could get out and investigate the bulbs.

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5 Comments

  1. 7th January 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Your mystery plant looks like cyclamen.

  2. 7th January 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Oooh exciting, thank you Margaret and Mindo for the identification. The RHS reference to under trees and shady borders definitely applies. I'll look forward to the flowers.

  3. 7th January 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Yes, as another Margaret says, that looks like a cyclamen to me.
    Margaret P

  4. 8th January 2016 / 10:11 am

    Cyclamen :)x