Cold Day in the Peaks

It was beautiful in the Peak District this afternoon. Beautiful but cold. No flowers, no birdsong. Yet.



I love to see (and hear) a robin in the garden.

This one looks rather thoughtful!



Shades of last summer.


Garden Images

Fleeting sunshine today. A trip out was planned, but abandoned suddenly. I took the camera into the garden instead. Watery sunlight pointed out some brown, lacy hydrangeas:


IMG_4869IMG_4868Yesterday I upturned a plant pot to empty it in preparation for new planting in spring. The compost had held its shape, steadied by a network of roots: gleaming, smooth and rich – like a plum pudding.


I’ll be planting this soon: a small cowslip plant to replace the one that disappeared last year.¬† A wonderful fresh green, to offset the greys and browns which dominate the garden now.


Something to look forward to!



First Snowdrops

It’s been a tough week. So when I ventured into the garden this morning to hang washing out, I was heartened to see that the first snowdrops had appeared.

A small yellow flower had just pipped them to the post though; I think it’s a double primula. It looks a bit bedraggled and sorry for itself, but the colour is startling and most welcome in all the gloom!


And here’s another snowdrop picture, taken this afternoon in Derbyshire. Just because I like them!



Looking Ahead

Recovery continues: today I ventured outside to tackle the wilderness garden.

I planted some allium bulbs, which have been hanging around the house for some weeks. It seems terribly late, but I hope to salvage something from them. When I’d finished, my fingers felt as if they’d turned to steel!

The photographs were taken at Alnwick Castle Gardens last year. A wonderful place for ideas and inspiration!