The January Garden

There was a countrywide storm on its way to us today, with predictions of driving rain and thirty mile an hour winds, so we had to quickly sneak some garden time before the gales blew in.

One pastime I love in the winter months, when flowers are in short supply, is to start looking for signs of new life as the garden begins to sense that spring is not so far away.

New shoots on the Buddleia

Sometimes it takes a little more searching, peering through giant leaves right down to root level.

Elephant Ear Plant

Then there are future projects to think about.  Our little daughter and youngest son had a playhouse as a shared Christmas gift, and I want to find some flower pots that will fit the tiny window boxes and then prune and cut back the plants around the house so that they feel scaled to size.  So far there are some tiny forget-me-nots by the porch, and I’ve raised the canopy on an old shrub to look like a real tree.  My mum has kindly volunteered to make curtains for the playhouse out of some leftover floral fabric.

Just as the storm approached, I managed to rearrange the stones in the riverbed.  It is a child-safe stream that they can paddle in and move the pebbles about to create damns and inlets … though it is good, every few days, to turn off the pump and move everything around so that it flows easily again.

Our plan will be to line these winding paths with hardy herbs, like lavender and thyme, so that when our two younger sons, who both have profound autism, run around the tracks and brush past them, they will act as a sensory garden when a lovely calming scent is released.

Finally to my beloved veg plot, which is hidden in a corner.  I’m able to take a cup of tea outside and work on the raised beds whilst keeping an eye on our five children playing.  The gate makes sure that our toddler daughter does not trip down the steps.

It is here, in the vegetable garden, where I found my most exciting new shoots for today – the garlic bulbs are beginning to sprout.

It will not be long now before I can barely keep up with all of the gardening, and it is good to enjoy the beautiful calm of these crisp, wintry days.

Now we are all happily back inside, munching on hot wholemeal toast and oranges, listening to the gale and watching the rain on the windows as the light fades.


  1. Lovely post, it’s been mild we have daffodil bulbs coming through too. Love your your garden and water feature. That play house is wonderful. I’m happy you managed to get out in your garden today. Here it’s been atrocious. Torrential rain ☔🌧️and very windy. It was so dark all day I had the living room lights on from 1pm.
    I’m itching to get back in the garden again.
    Loved all your photos. 🤗💚

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    1. Thank you so much ♥️ I think I can just about see some daffs poking through here too, and definitely the snowdrops are on their way. Is the weather looking up for you today? The children were very happy with today’s rain and sunshine – lots of rainbows to spot 🌈

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  2. It is dark and wet, but I am tempted to go and search to see if our garlic bulbs have sprouted… if I can find them in the flowerbed. The veg plot was closed down over a year ago and I have just started cutting the new one on our front garden.

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    1. Lots of luck with your new veg plot! The good thing about veg is an empty patch in January can be an abundance by July 🙂 I’ve been away from WordPress for a few years and only just started back last week – but if I remember rightly – I think you were the lady who grew stunning maple trees? 🍁


      1. Yes, I have an enduring fondness for maples. I no longer blog as the arrival of two surprise grandchildren (one in Chicago and one in London), family health issues, the garden and other commitments have taken over. I still drop in on blogs of old friends and ones that interest me. Congratulations on your daughter’s arrival. I am in awe that you manage a blog as well as a family and garden.

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      2. Congratulations on your little grandchildren – what lovely news!

        It’s so nice to be back in touch 🙂

        I shall let you into a secret – with the blog I have to write when my children are fast asleep and then leave the posts scheduled so they post at a sensible hour of the day 😀

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  3. I’m not a very good (or consistent) gardener, but here in Cornwall our rhubarb’s convinced it’s spring and is sending up shoots. And last summer’s spinach is still growing. And a frost–they say–is on its way.

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