January: A Winter Garden

I’m not totally sure how I came across this challenge, but I loved the picture of Hamamelis ‘Orange Peel’ that Heyjude features on her page. I’ve always loved witch hazel – partly because it flowers just when you need it most, and partly for its ragged mops of cheery yellow blossom. I love too, that with golden flowers smelling of fankincense,┬áit is called the Epiphany Tree – something I didn’t know, so thank you for sharing that, Jude.

Alas, I have no Hamamelis in my garden. Whenever I have thought of buying one, they have been too expensive, so the joy of having one has passed me by. Maybe next year!

But there are other things happening in my garden just now. A couple of days ago, during a brief lull in the rain, the In-Charge called me out to have look at something. (My husband is the In-Charge, I – naturally – am the Boss.) Following him out, I wondered if the lovely Viburnam Tinus had finally got its January socks on, or if my beautiful hellebores were opening. Sidestepping the hens, I pondered on one of my favourites – another Viburnam, bodnantense this time, with its delicate, oleander-scented flowers that light up all along the bare branches. As we reached the gates of the flower garden, I even thought it might be the Dublin Bay, producing one or two pallid winter blooms.

Well, all of those were there, but they weren’t the reason he had called me out. It was to view the new Venice of the North.

Flooded garden 2

Flooded garden 3

I know we’ve had a lot of rain (the poor hens are sodden most days), but we have the sea a nod and a spit away, and a river across the road, so you’d think the rain would just go away. Evidently not.

In all our years here, I have never known the garden turn into a canal system.

So there you have it, January: A Winter Water Garden

You can see lots of other people’s winter garden photos here

And here is the latest post from my other blog, Writing From The Edge