Happy New Year

2020 certainly went out with a bang. For me anyway. On Tuesday I was walking on our prom when I slipped on ice and broke my shoulder – the top of the humerus bone to be precise.

And so, 2021 opens with the prospect of no gardening and no photographs for a while. But it is not all doom and gloom as flower and seed catalogues are starting to drop through the letterbox and I’m sure I can pass some hours daydreaming of the spring and summer garden.

Under the soil, bulbs should be starting to push upwards, ready to breathe in our fresh sea air. From the window, I’m looking at the beauty of the first heavy frosts of our year, and my hellebores are stretching out and opening their buds.

Best wishes to you all, take care (especially on slippy surfaces!) wear your masks and get yourselves vaccinated as soon as it’s available to you – and enjoy your gardens in 2021!

Love

Catherine xx

20 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Oh dear Catherine! I’m sorry to hear about your mishap. I had a good time out of gardening action late 2019/ early 2020 after falling over and breaking right hand in two places. It is frustrating but there are some compensations like you’ve found out as there is more time to to read all those catalogues and plan. Then of course you will deserve some horticultural retail therapy 😄 I also became rather good at supervising himself doing little jobs for me. My tulips have never been as happy as when he planted them. Do take care, keep warm and hopefully heal quickly.

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    1. Thank you Anna, lovely to hear from you. I’ve already started on the horticultural retail therapy! You obviously know the best way to pass time after a broken bone (or two). The garden has been in a deep freeze since it happened and I suspect I might have lost a good few plants, especially in the unheated greenhouse where I would normally have double fleeced everything. I might be able to walk out next week to take a look.

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  2. Hope by now your shoulder is well on the mend. The Lupin in the tags drew me to your post…those are beautiful. Eager to see if they return well and how they perform. I just seeded some Gallery series earlier this month, and am wondering if they might bloom yet this year…maybe in autumn?

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    1. Thank you. I’ve read that the Gallery series are good at flowering during the summer months with a same-year sowing, as long as they are sown early in the year, so I think you have a good chance of seeing them this year. 😊 Good luck with them!

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