Oh, Dear! Never Mind!


This just sums it up!

I must confess I have been struggling for inspiration both in gardening and blogging. I could blame a late holiday. I could blame six weeks of world class rugby for taking my interest. And I could blame decorating for taking my time. But that was many weeks ago. I don’t even think I can blame the usual Christmas panic. All is in hand for once. After deliberating this strange situation, I realise I must blame the weather. It has truly dampened my spirits – not to mention the garden.

I hate wind! More than any other weather episode! Apart from the arch, it has also blown down a fence panel and countless pots have been blown over and debris been scattered around the garden. Climbers have been torn from their supports. Everything is sodden. The garden is in a sorry state. And the truth of the matter is, that the newly decorated indoors is, just now, more appealing!😩

Don’t panic, though! This illness is acute, not chronic! And time is a healer!

Despite the minor destruction, there is still much of interest in the garden. My all important scent is still present, in the form of Mahonia japonica, Lonicera purpusii and Coronilla Citrina, with many more perfumed buds waiting in the wings – complete with new shoots! I’m already seeing signs of bulbs coming through, and hellebore flowers pushing their way through the damp soil. Festive red skimmia berries are so welcome! Even roses are still managing to bloom, as my last vase shows.


This is when foliage plays its part. Especially grasses. They are not just for summer!

Hakonechloa macra

Hakonechloa macra


What a beautiful bright gold to brighten the gloom!

That said, I feel there is much room for improvement. Many of our shrubs are either overgrown, or underperforming. The domineering ash tree is, I’m sure, now having a detrimental effect. So a rethink is on the cards for the New year.

The tree must go, the surgeon has been appointed, and we are awaiting a date.
That will let in so much more light. I want to add loads of soil improver to the shrub borders, to improve the quality of the soil, probably quite malnourished. I want to look closely at the flower borders, and ruthlessly dispatch those that are not performing well. I’m well aware of the growing number of scented shrubs dotted around the garden, still in their original containers (if they haven’t been blown over!). I think I must follow my passion in redesigning these borders, shifting the emphasis towards these shrubs. Many, which are struggling planted on the shady side, may appreciate a move from the dark side. I must keep myself in check, though, and not be too hasty. Who knows what a difference a tree makes – or lack of it!

So, despite the grey skies and gloomy weather forecasts, there is much to look forward to next year. It’s quite exciting, really!

That’s what gardening does! 😀

10 thoughts on “Oh, Dear! Never Mind!

  1. Brian Skeys

    The recent weather has not been very encouraging to visit the garden, I think most gardeners would prefer to work on a frosty sunny day.
    I look forward to seeing your new planting, post Ash.

  2. thelonggardenpath Post author

    I agree! Ideal gardening conditions. Cloudy and cold is ok. I can even cope with a BIT of rain, as long as everything isnt soaking wet, as just now. Wind, and I’m afraid I won’t venture forth!

  3. bloominbootiful

    I couldn’t agree more with the weather and continual ‘sogginess’ curbing enthusiasm. I heard a rumour today that second week of January onwards is going to be crisp, cold, but dry – I live in hope!

  4. Julie

    I know just how you feel, wind is definitely my least favourite condition to work in outside. Its grey and drizzly here today, the ground is sodden too. Enjoy indoors, that sounds a lot cosier. Happy holiday and hopefully in the New Year you will have some sunshine and dry days to lift your spirits.

  5. Jackie Stockley

    I know just how you feel, the wind here is dire, and breaks and damages so much it is quite depressing,I know that once Christmas is over(winter solstice very soon and the days get longer!) we will regroup and soldier on. Before long that enthusiasm will creep back.

  6. Chloris

    Don’ t talk to me about fences! Storm after storm, fence panels coming down like dominoes here..Still, it is exciting seeing all the spring flowers showing their noses so early.


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