Mid January, Seasonally Muddled #garden

I know, it was only December and I was muttering about how daft the plants were, treating it like a balmy March afternoon.

It’s not got any better.

Primulas, primroses and pansies

Witch hazels


Hellibores, but they’re to be expected

And roses still going…

My digging though is progressing.

I’ve finished the long bed and the triangular bed and now I’m stretching across the top bed where we have grown veg and many herbaceous plants. What will go in after all my hard work if for the Textiliste and the Lad though my spies say seeds have been bought…

At least the pigeons and other birds enjoy the tripods…

Oh and let’s not forget Dog

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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40 Responses to Mid January, Seasonally Muddled #garden

  1. Lovely to see everything flourishing Geoff. It looks like winter is set to be pretty mild…

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  2. Lovely garden Geoff. We have spuds coming up in our pots and new growth on our rhubarb, rose bushes, buddliah and hydrangea.

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  3. Erika Kind says:

    This winter is crazy. My hazels have been blooming too for 2 weeks. At least, no flowers blooming yet… yet…

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  4. Darlene says:

    Looks lovely and Dog looks great too.

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  5. trifflepudling says:

    Very nice – we’re not out of the woods yet, though! Feb & March can be very cold…
    My bro-in-law is trying this out on one of his allotment sections:
    (No Dig Organic)
    While digging is an effective way of removing perennial weed roots, it also often causes seeds that can remain dormant for many decades to come to the surface and germinate. The act of aerating the soil also increases the rate of decomposition and reduces soil organic matter.[7] Digging can also damage soil structure, causing compaction, and unbalance symbiotic and mutualist interactions among soil life. Digging tends to displace nutrients, shifting surface organic material deeper, where there is less oxygen to support the decomposition to plant-available nutrients, which then need to be otherwise replenished.
    He’s an energetic soul but doesn’t mind the idea of less digging!

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  6. Ritu says:

    Gorgeous ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  7. Your garden really is lovely, Geoff.

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    I love this trip around your home park ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    We went from 72 degrees last Saturday to 17 degrees today. I don’t think our plants stand a chance!

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    Amazing! Might as well enjoy!

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  11. Such an enviable garden, Geoff.

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  12. I love that fat little robin.

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  13. lydiaschoch says:

    It was fun to get this tour of your garden in winter. Wow, you have a lot of colour back there! All of the plants here in Toronto are dead or dormant. We’re surrounded by never-ending shades of black, brown, and grey from November until April unless we’ve had a recent snowstorm. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What was winter generally like for South London before climate change started affecting your weather patterns so much?

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    • TanGental says:

      Itโ€™s been warming this century, maybe before. In the 60s and 79s prolonged snow was common but even there weโ€™re talking maybe a week! By the mid 80s 3 days was the max and maybe once or twice in Jan/ Feb with the odd day interspersed. By the mid noughties it was the odd day, rarely two and nothing really for four or five years. Nowadays we are seeing less frosts. They were common until five years ago. Regularly nights in December – early March were at or just below freezing. The last two to five years decreasingly so and no frost at all this winter so far. Which is a bugger because a good frost does do for the aphids and is needed by some plants to force them to be dormant eg fushias and hebes as well as breaking up the ground.


  14. arlingwoman says:

    Your garden is in full early spring bloom. The Hellebores are only a little early, but everything else! Wow. It is a beautiful garden. I love it every time you write about it.

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  15. ellenbest24 says:

    Tonight, a light frost glstens on the grass and the deck. My worry head is already on, worrying for the Lilacs, the sumptuous buds bulging hoping for spring. Snowdrops already out Honeysuckle exposing their tender buds. The frostthreatens to knock them off , each hope for a blossom frozen each plaรฑt unable to repeal or recover.

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  16. Nature is getting so confused! Your garden looks great for mid-winter.

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  17. Jennie says:

    Gorgeous garden, Geoff!

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  18. Any day in the garden if Dog and Birds make an appearance is bound to be a good day.
    Better medicine hast no man than he lay down his sod for another.

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  19. willedare says:

    What an ambivalent delight to see and read about these signs of spring while simultaneously being aware of the foreboding future (fewer frosts meaning more pests unkilled during winter months, for example) the warmer weather portends. Similar to Toronto, we in Boston are contenting ourselves with the browns and grays of melting snow and decomposing leaves and naked deciduous trees โ€” while keeping our eyes peeled for snowdrops and crocus… Thank you for these lovely photos + wry commentary.

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