The Garden: January 2022

No one’s garden, at least this far up the Northern Hemisphere, looks any good in January. There’s a bit of green, a lot of bare patches and an unconscionable amount of cleaning up to do.

That latter has kept us busy so far this month.

The wildflower and herbaceous beds were stripped, the few weeds removed and the whole lot raked and seeded with poppies. Some poppies are coming up elsewhere already.

Our vigorous apple has needed a bit of radical surgery for a while; one bough has been pulling it over so today we removed it and painted the end with a cauterising gloop. Horrible but I believe mightily effective.

Crocuses and daffs are poking through.

Hellebores abound.

And there are decent views to be had in the frosts and sunshine we’ve had recently. It’ll soon be a riot of colour again.

Won’t it, 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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27 Responses to The Garden: January 2022

  1. Say what you want. Your garden is wonderful, at every season. It pays out , having it organised, and always an eye on it. xx Michael

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  2. Lookin’ good! Oh, the garden too!! 😉

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  3. I always love seeing your garden, in whatever state. Today my favorite pic is the poppies – all those tiny little green shoots give me hope. Thanks ever so much. 🙂

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    Despite it being winter, your garden looks fabulous. A perfect backdrop for photos of Dog, who clearly has the art of posing down. When are you off on another of your famous walks?

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  5. It still is an interesting place, Geoff.

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  6. I like the bark on that white plant in the middle of the lawn!

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  7. Chel Owens says:

    Beautiful, even without the color.

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    It sounds (and looks) like you’re having a false spring. We’re having one too – plants starting to come up and then wham! We’ll have a freeze. I’ve learnt to hold off until March to plant.

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  9. Great pictures Geoff

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  10. petespringerauthor says:

    Still looks pretty good, even in the offseason. By the way, call 911—there’s a crazy guy loose in your garden wielding a chainsaw.

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  11. arlingwoman says:

    Your garden is so beautiful. I always love seeing it at different times. I think gardens in winter are equally beautiful to other times of year. You can see the bones and the different textures and colors pop (and that variegated plant at the end is one of them). I love how you can drop poppy seeds in November and they come up looking a bit like moss, then get a growth spurt with a tiny bit of warmth. Thanks for the tour and discussion of the work. I still haven’t cut my asparagus back. It took so long to turn brown…

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  12. I think your green looks amazing, GORGEOUS! Dog, too–hehe!

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  13. Jennie says:

    Green in January is something I will never see, except in your garden. Sigh!

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