A graceful snowdrop called 'Ailwyn', shiny yellow greenhouse lemons and a first hellebore - the January garden is revving up with plenty to offer.
Despite the cold and gloom I've managed to weave a few gardening activities into the loom of my life. Better days will return and an optimistic rose is showing the way.
Snowdrops make the long winter months bearable. Planted in huge drifts of white or even in pots snowdrops provide a flurry of pure joy. This article provides inspiration on how to grow them in the garden and how to look after them in pots.
Reading a plant catalogue is like the bit in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy is transported from black and white Kansas to technicolour Oz. I unwrap the catalogues and the colour floods in. My imagination sparks and I'm out in the garden planning for next year.
A neon purple Salvia, a plucky pond plant and a cuddly cotoneaster are showing off this week. I'm also featuring a very early narcissus and a cornus ablaze with late red and orange.