Over Christmas and into early New Year we were still enjoying the unseasonably mild weather that had Salvias still in flower and deciduous shrubs still in green leaf. The chillier temperatures of January and early February sorted that out, and for several weeks it’s been more like a garden in winter. And with that there has been a temporary halt in hard landscaping activities – but we’ll be back on the case before long, with completion planned mid-summer.
Although we have had some bitterly cold nights, there has been a shortage of really decorative frosts. And although still very immature, the new shrub border looked most handsome when the frosts did settle and gave a foretaste of things to come in future years once it has filled out.
When we removed the Leylandii and planted the bare root beech hedge back in 2009, the back of the border looked so bare. Within two short years it is filling out and actually starting to look like a hedge. Under-planted with various varieties of Snowdrops it is one of many aspects of the new garden that are starting to provide seasonal interest.