16 Jan 2015

January: the weather and gardening






In the last ten days we've had some stunning dawn skies, but also extreme weather conditions; more snow, sleet, strong winds and heavy rain. Some days we've had clear blue skies and it's been icy underfoot and on the roads, but it's been necessary to go out from time-to-time with the hope that we don't get more heavy snowfalls this month.
  

We're thankful that we have the high hedge surrounding our back garden as it has stopped the gale force winds from doing too much damage to the shrubs and rose bushes.  Bulb shoots are beginning to appear in the flower beds and pots whilst the tender plants, other bulbs and seedlings are in the covered yard and doing well. I'm looking forward to next month when the first of our various Spring bulbs should start to bloom.




21 comments:

  1. It is a lovely post Linda, so many pretty photos to see.

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  2. Like you, and most other gardeners, I suspect, I'm in 'looking forward' mode! It's too cold even to be pooling about in the greenhouse.

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  3. Glad to hear that you haven't suffered much damage from the winds, it's been awful just lately, it scares me to death. I'm growing Thalia this year for the first time,I've seen them on various blogs over the last few years and they always look so pretty.

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  4. number 2 photos is just gorgeous, sorry you are having all that bad weather... hope sun shines on you soon...

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  5. Like you we are surrounded by hedges and shrubs so the winds haven't done too much damage. We've just driven back from Buxton to Leek in a snowstorm from Leek to home just spots of rain. How the weather changes. Hope your daughter continues to recover well. Keep warm and have a lovely weekend:)

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  6. Hello Linda

    Your first two photos are just breathtaking, and the colours beautiful, I love the dark skeleton trees against the vibrant skies.
    Well done to the high hedges keeping your plants and shrubs safe. Your weather sounds terrible, so far all we have had is
    gale force winds, but these are bitter cold.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  7. Fabulous skies Linda. Don't forget to give yourself time to rest too. Take care.

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  8. I love skies. We have had some stunning ones this week too when it has been dry.The starlike cloud is special. We have not had snow yet but a possibility for a dusting over the weekend.

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  9. It's lovely to see the green shoots emerging. Love the pictures of the skies. Bright sunshine here today so I expect that it will freeze tonight. Your sky pictures are beautiful.

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  10. Hello Linda, beautiful pictures! I took some pictures of the sky last month. I love to take pictures.I love the flowers too!

    Here the weather is too hot and stuffy.

    Sandra

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  11. Lovely to hear from you. I hope that all stays safe in your garden and that you stay warm and safe too. Glad that your daughter is progressing, I hope that she is fully recovered soon. xx

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  12. hello
    le jardin nous manque et le soleil aussi
    mais la nature comme un peu à bouger , j'ai des primevers et des roses de noël
    bientôt les jonquilles vont se montrer
    un peu de patience et on verra des couleurs dans le jardin
    merci du petit mot
    c'est un bord de mer face à l'Angleterre ( La Manche )
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France

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  13. Your header picture is lovely. Jx

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  14. Beautiful photos, Linda, and beautiful changes to your blog since I was here last. So sorry that I can't visit everyone daily or almost daily, at least not for awhile. I hope your daughter has a speedy recovery. That ice is treacherous! Have a cozy weekend! Bess

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  15. I really hope the weather stays manageable, it's no fun slipping and sliding around. I hope your daughter continues to improve too, and you get time to look after you!
    Beautiful skies, I love the bulbs you've chosen too. Roll on spring, I see your bulbs are popping out too.xxx

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  16. Some nice photos of the dawn you took, but moveing from Berkshire to Yorkshire sorry I can't see any reason for that. Still I spose it does have some nice places personally I want to move to Wales but North Berks will always be my home

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment. We came to live in South Yorkshire because our younger daughter had settled here and we decided it would be a good place to retire to. Of course I love Berkshire and the area I grew up and spent most of my life in.

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  17. What beautiful photos of your winter skies, and how exciting that your bulbs are already coming up! Thanks for sharing your hopeful signs of spring with us! -Beth

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  18. How lovely to be seeing life in your garden. It gives such hope for Spring and the colors of blooms.

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  19. Your bulbs start to bloom this early??? I'm so jealous; we are months from that point.

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