A Year in the Garden

May 2024

iris in pond

Pale yellow iris

plus swishing and gurgling.

In gentle spring weather,

water and warmth are summoned.

 

 

 

April 2024

pulsatilla

 

 

 

 

March 2024

photo of dead arbutus

Always sad to see a tree die

Last year no fruit and now gone.

Why?

Soil too alkaline?

Too crowded by others?

Goodbye Arbutus unedo.

 

February 2024

photo of hellibores

 

Low sun sparkles on hellebores.

Each year they come back,

and each year a surprise.

Such rich colours on a cold February day.

 

 

 

January

photo of broccoli

Proliferating purple

promises plentiful provisions

 

 

December 2023

photo of wrapped plants

So mild a year

and then a sudden snap

of cold.

The Hydrangea seemannii huddle undercover.

 

November

photo of frostThe first light frost

reveals spidery activity

around the pond.

 

October

photo of virginia creeper on gate

A late autumn

suddenly brings reds and golds

in abundance.

 

September

Apple

Apples expanding

alarmingly.

Kidd’s Orange Red

already ripe and juicy

 

 

August

photo of shed

The new shed completed,

and tips its hat to

the Marjorelle Gardens

in late summer sun.

 

July 2023

photo of cucumbers

A plant branches out

A washing line obliges

Plenty of cucumbers follow.

 

 

June 2023

photo of broad beans

Abundance from autumn sowing.

A joy for many meals,

then –

Beans again!

May

photo of cornus

 

 

photo of peonyPeony and cornus

both respendent in endless sunshine.

The garden thirsts,

yet the peony is called ‘singing in the rain’.

 

April

Flowering activity

everywhere,

red tulips

shout the loudest.

 

March

photo of hellebores

 

The winter border

flourishing

with hellebores

stretching into spring

 

 

February

photo of heron

Twenty five fish

minus

twenty three fish

equals

one heron

 

 

January

photo of frosted plants

Delicate frosting and shoots of promise.

The garden never really sleeps

that is just me, too tired to layer up,

so I pretend it is resting.

 

December 2022

photo of snow on pond

The pond maintains an ice gap

through water movement,

and a tennis ball turning slowly,

towards the Solstice

 

 

November

An eerily warm November.

But the leaves colour and fall

saying, Yes it is autumn

 

 

 

October

Photo of orange tree

 

Not-so-hardy trees

brought inside for protection.

Now the perfume of orange blossom

fills the greenhouse.

 

September

photo of sunflower

Sunflowers planted late

catch up with the season,

heavy with seeding

they struggle to track the sun.

 

August

photo of irises

A new bed extracted from the parched lawn where irises,

thinned out and moved from a shady corner, can sunbathe.

Next spring some flowers perhaps.

 

 

July

photo of goosberries

Glistening bounty

hides from the blackbirds,

for now.

 

 

June

photo of peony

A peony called peace

as easily buffeted as peace in the world

but for a moment held in beauty.

 

 

May

Past the night of a dark moon

sumptuous apple blossom swept away by wind,

now blue rules the garden for a time

 

 

April

photo of pulsatillaColour springs forth,

it braves the wind

and sets the world abuzzing.

 

 

March

photo of primroses

Some come unbidden,

we relish their beauty

and their agency

 

Others we help,

photo of seed trays

so much promise,

so much hope.

 

 

 

February

photo of yellow helleboresHellebores continue their gentle welcome

to both low angled sun

and occasional frost.

 

 

January

photo of hellebore

Frost sparkled grass and dormant seeds

then snowdrops followed by hellebores

pushing through a dressing of compost and fallen leaves

burnished by winter sun and icy winds.