Chandelier in the winter garden

January15

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I found this chandelier in my neighbour’s rubbish bin. Its new home is hanging in an ancient lilac tree next to a conifer in the garden. It’s not wired up to electricity, but sometimes, when the sun shines in the winter, the chandelier catches the light. Below, you can see the foliage of the Washfield double hellebores that should be in flower next month.

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Camellia Winter’s Toughie

January14

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This understated camellia is the best looking thing in my garden this morning. The hard frosts we’ve had last month, and yesterday’s snow flurries, didn’t bother it at all. I got this from Burncoose Nurseries late last year, and it seems to enjoy life in a pot in a sheltered place in the tiny courtyard here.

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Cyclamen coum and osmanthus delvayii

January12

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We all know that January has very little to recommend it, which is why I wanted to show you this pleasing combination: cyclamen coum and the evergreen shrub osmanthus delvayii.

This osmanthus is very slow growing and its small, glossy leaves are lightening this dim corner of the garden. Its white buds are  visible even now, and by early April it will have a glorious scent.

What’s pleasing in your garden today?

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Winter pruned wisteria floribunda

January10

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One of the many reasons I’m no fan of JParker’s mail order plant catalogues is they have sent me the wrong plant on more than one occasion, including what you see here: wisteria floribunda. It is a stunning plant when in flower, but I had ordered wisteria sinensis, which has shorter racemes and is much easier to grow up against a wall.

You can see in this picture that I have been pruning away any branches that didn’t grow straight out from the wall. Some of the flower racemes are up to 1 m long! These pruned branches act a little bit like wall brackets for a hanging basket, allowing the flowers to hang free.

(Incidentally, the trees you can see in the foreground are pears; the wisteria is farther away from the camera).

Would you like to see how this wisteria looks when it’s in flower? Here’s a picture:

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