Outside in the back garden this Winter.

Today is the first day in along while we have  had clear blue skies.. The temperature may only have been 4 deg C this morning and it’s not much higher this afternoon. But it’s so lovely outside 

So I took my camera out onto my back garden to show what is growing at the moment.  We had a giant red-leaved Yucca plant which was at least 6 ft high until the snow of 2010. Then the heavy snow and the keen frosts killed all the foliage.. My hubby cut it down at the base thinking it had seen its last days.. It had been growing in a large half barrel  and during the successive summer and autumn we piled up more pots on top of it and forgot about it.. 

It wasn’t until the following Spring  that we removed the pots to find to our amazement lots of baby new shoots growing from around the cut down base of the plant.. 

I do not know the fancy names for this Yucca. Now we bind up these lovely 6 yr old shoots like this to prevent the frost from getting to the centre it works

I do not know the fancy names for this Yucca. Now we bind up these lovely 6 yr old shoots like this to prevent the frost from getting to the centre it works

In front you may see what looks like a Christmas tree.. You would be right.. Last year we bought and paid quite a bit of cash from a garden centre for one said to have roots on.. But on getting it home after Christmas to re-pot it we found it had been hacked and hardly any root at all it didn’t survive.

This Year hubby checked on its roots before hand, and this little beauty we hope will grow and thrive and be our outdoor Christmas tree for a few years to come

Christmas tree with roots to keep on enjoying the festive seasons to come

Christmas tree with roots to keep on enjoying the festive seasons to come

We also have colour in the form of our Yellow primroses. These are the wild variety and not the cultivated ones..  And I planted these plants last spring, They have been in constant flower on and off even if only one flower in bloom right through last Summer and Autumn.. And look at them now

Throughout the  year I always feed the garden birds and add meal worms etc in the nesting season .. But we often forget about the Bugs.. I have a little Bug house which has had quite a few takers for its first Autumn as I put it out last Spring.

You can see where there is someone at home.. As the holes are filled in to keep them snug as a bug in a rug..

You can see where there is someone at home.. As the holes are filled in to keep them snug as a bug in a rug..

Sclamatis-cut-back-in-autumno what else is going on in my back garden.. Well the clematis I cut back now looks dead, but don’t be fooled, because before long as soon as the warmer weather arrives it will start sprouting again. 

Then there are the wallflower that I planted.. I grew these from seeds and planted them in the allotments and transplanted them at the end of October into the back and front garden along with some winter flowering pansies. 

The pansies in flower are in the tubs on the front garden and the small ones I had left over I put with these wallflowers to keep company.. This square patch was where we had the old decking, which we pulled up last summer.. As yet I have plans for this little patch, and want to add a little turf to extend the lawn a little way.. But that is a job for spring. 

wallflowers-and-pansies

There is a Mole and he lives in a Hole.

There is a Mole and he lives in a Hole.

The Moles have been busy,, I wonder why? lol , those reading my other blog who are following the story of the Elder part 1, will smile that I have a few mole hills in my lawn..  But they have to live too!.. And will find their way back to the fields when the worm supply is not as tasty.. 🙂 

I have also had plenty of herbs growing too this Spring and Summer.. some like Basil do not survive our winters.. But chives, mint, Sage and Rosemary have all done well and I still keep clipping away at the rosemary .

rosemary-in-herb-buckets-sage-in-background

Last Summer I bought a lovely scented Jasmine.. It’s not the yellow flowering winter variety and I was not sure if it would survive outdoors.. But It had grown so well as I trained it up a metal trellis that it became too big to bring indoors.. So my husband put supports around it and we wrapped up in bubble wrap

More bubble wrap in the home Greenhouse, as the geraniums and other plants are under here.. Yes it’s looking a mess.. but come spring order will be made out of chaos 

Greenhouse at the bottom of our home garden covered in bubble wrap to keep warmer and frost free

Greenhouse at the bottom of our home garden covered in bubble wrap to keep warmer and frost free

Last but not least is the Camellia in bud.. We bought two of these plants last year.. this is the only survivor.. we do not know why the other one didn’t survive as they both were planted in the same type of compost  in separate pots and watered the same way. Yet the other just lost its leaves and withered away.. The plant below was attacked by black-fly last year, but I gave it a dose of garlic, crushed and fermented in water.. It kept me away from it for a day too 🙂 

 

Camellia with buds

Camellia with buds

Well that’s all that is going on outside at the moment.. My next post I hope to show you some of my house plants so will be moving Indoors.. 🙂 

Happy Gardening 

Sue.

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22 thoughts on “Outside in the back garden this Winter.

  1. A lovely post! I love the bug house, and the primrose add a spot of color that is unusual at this time of year. We have had about 6 inches of rain over the last week, which is beginning to add to our water supply, but far from enough to break the drought! It’s nice to see the rain, but I’m glad it’s sunny again today!

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    • Thank you Slmret it is good to know you are getting the much needed rain.. Its fine if it comes in steady downpours and not all at once especially upon dry land.. Good to know your water supplies are getting replenished.. Thank you again for reading I really appreciate it 🙂

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    • We didn’t plant any garlic this year as it didn’t do that well last year and to be honest although I use it alot in cooking, its very cheap to buy So I gave it a miss this time around.. .. Thank you Peggy. I have not been down the allotments since before Christmas.. Hubby keeps going and bringing up parsnips and leeks and the potatoes are stored down in the shed there, So I dare say I will have a shock when I go.. But at least the weeds are not growing lol.. 🙂

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  2. Lovely to see your winter house garden Sue. It certainly feels like winter is on it’s way here again this morning I can tell you! A lovey selection of plants and how amazing is that yucca?! We replanted our three times dead Lazarus almond but something ate it’s tiny leaves and I think 4 times was once too many. I will leave it in the garden bed for something to climb up. R.I.P. Lazarus. Can’t wait to see your indoor garden in your next post 🙂

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    • just came around to Narnia and truly are loving seeing what you two have created Fran.. and It was minus here -02 the other day.. and was only 2C this morning.. Its raining here.. Cold enough for snow.. yet it isnt.. and a biting wind.. Yes sometimes we have to allow our plants to RIP lol.. we can not win them all.. But the yucca was a surprise.. 🙂
      The indoor ones have been photographed.. Now just waiting on me finding the time to string them together here..
      Love to you Fran take care
      Hugs Sue ❤ xxx

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      • People who don’t blog don’t realise how long it takes to write and populate a blog post with images. A post without photos is a boring post but taking good photos, editing them, writing a blog post around them and entertaining your blog readers isn’t an easy task! In saying that, I can’t wait to see your indoor plants. I haven’t got any indoor plants (if you don’t count the knob end of a sweet potato with leaves growing on it that I am going to attempt to plant out that is…). I haven’t had much luck with them. Steve had a yucca but it “died”. We figured we would stick it in the garden and it grew again so we put it in a pot outside and it is now almost 5ft tall. We are trying to work out where to plant it out here but indoor plants are not my forte and Earl loves to snack on them too so I tend to go with the outdoor kind. I loved seeing your orchids 🙂

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        • Those orchids are coming along lovely again .. 🙂 And I will try to string a post together about my indoor plants.. I have loads, lots the same, such as Christmas Cactus the main one is about 20 yrs old.. and all the rest of my plants are from the Mother one where leaves fell off and I re-rooted them.. They came a lighter shade than the mother plant.. I should have taken when in flower lol.. in November.. 🙂
          And yes lots of time spent both preparing posts and keeping up on blogging.. Thank you lots of love Sue xxx

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          • I inherited a Christmas cactus. The pot it is in has almost disintegrated. I only found it as I had to remove an overgrown half dead hebe and there it was underneath! I managed to haul the pot further down the garden before the top broke and decided to leave it where it was. It now has a small hebe shrub growing in it thanks to a hardy seed dropping into it’s pot. Nature is brilliant :).

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  3. I know from experience the Yucca is prolific in California where I was born and raised. We don’t find them here much but in CA not much can kill them. Cut them back as you might they will send up new shoots and continue to grow new plants. I found it interesting that you thought they might not survive but you will have no problem there. A beautiful garden you will certainly have again with all the other plants. Hope you are well. Just an fyi. My daughter has been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, another auto immune disease, the growth in her neck is benign but also was diagnosed with a partial malformation of her digestive tract that she was apparently born with. One appt at a time with specialists but she is doing well. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

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    • That is interesting about the yucca Renee.. One I didn’t know of so if another bad winter hits I will know what to do.. :-0
      I am so sorry to hear about your daughter Renee, I trust she is recovering well.. And she will be kept in my healing thoughts Renee for sure..
      Sending much love your way.. and I hope you are taking care of YOU too my friend..
      Love and Hugs
      Sue ❤ xx

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    • Thank you Mark.. yes its happened to me lots recently on long term blogs I have followed.. I altered my settings to stop emails and also realized that some of the new follows i had done I was not getting email alerts. So had to go into the manage section to turn them on.. I am sure it then registers as a recent follow.. As i then got another email saying I had started to follow these blogs again.. lol.. Nice to see you here Mark.. Thank you xx

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  4. Thanks for that leisurely stroll around your garden Sue, you have every thing running like clockwork, I think the Mole might even know when you think it is time for him to move on.
    We have a lot of houses around here that grow Yuccas, some completely hide the house and some as tall as the houses, they do grow easily in pots.
    Cheers.

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    • Yes Renee told me on a comment here that they easily come back if they are cut back.. we didn’t know that.. And because we associate them with warmer climates thought it a gonna.. 🙂 but the covering up of it must have motivated it lol..:-)

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  5. Hi Sue – sorry it has been so long since I visited!!! At the moment it is terribly damp and dreary here – not good gardening weather at all. I love your Camellia bud, we still have no success at all with them. Looking forward to when things start to sprout more in your garden – our bulb shoots are popping up. I always read and love your posts but am not getting to comment so much these days. I’ll pop over when I can though! Lots of love, Ruth xxxxx

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    • Arrgh dear Ruth, How are you?? So lovely to see you here.. So lovely to see you as always and I bet this weather is not the best to lift Spirits or help with aches and pains.. I know my muscles and joints always suffer during the damp .. Love to you my friend.. And thank you for popping in.. Big Hugs xxx

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