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The Garden in Winter – 31 January 2016

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Over the last year, whilst posting about Shaun the Sheep and our holiday in Ontario, following on from the post this time last year, here is the current state of the garden.

In June 2015, I built the raised bed in the front garden. Over the summer it provided a great display of colour. Even now there is still plenty of green foliage.

Front raised bed

Front raised bed
31 January 2016

The high volume of rain over the past few months has left the grass waterlogged, however the raised beds seemed to have coped. In the back garden, the mild weather has resulted in the chrysanthemums continuing to grow, and now – in January – have flower buds.

Back Garden Chrysanthemum

Back Garden Chrysanthemum
31 January 2016

As with last year, the rhubarb has started to grow in January.

Sprouting Rhubarb

Sprouting Rhubarb
31 January 2016

One of the successes in 2015 was growing onions. Once harvested in the autumn, I decided on winter planted alliums, this time white onions, garlic and shallots. To protect them from the worst of the weather (torrential rain and wind), I have re-instated the mini poly-tunnel.

Onion bed with cover open

Onion bed with cover open
31 January 2016

Plans for the coming year include early and main crop potatoes, relocating to the herb bed and the raised bed with the cold frame. Relocation away from the fence will enable all round access and also mean that the fence can be maintained (painted).

The cold frame had been damaged by the wind in the autumn, so it may be repaired or replaced. However the mini greenhouse, complete with reinforcement, has survived the gales so far, so I am hoping a repair and similar repairs will work.

Four of the container fruit trees have survived, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in their first full year. The cherry tree did not take.

Patio Fruit Trees

Patio Fruit Trees
31 January 2016

The blackcurrant and raspberry bushes are showing signs of creating buds, whilst the Victoria Plum needs pruning. The promise of plums did not materialise, even thought there was a large amount of blossom and a few small plums, none survived in 2015 to swell and ripen.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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