As trailed in my previous post, I’ve decided to start a series on the blog using highlights from my Instagram gallery to chart the garden through the year. And so, without undue ceremony, let me welcome you to the first post in that series. This week, as we get ready to leave winter behind, I’m taking a look back at February 2017.
The demise of blogging is pronounced with such extreme regularity that the patient must either long ago have entered the realms of the undead or, at the very least, be in urgent need of a better qualified physician. But while reports of its death are greatly exaggerated, accusations for hastening its end are most often laid at the door of other forms of social media, notably microblogging apps such as Twitter and Instagram.
As snowdrops grab the headlines after Christmas, the hellebores quietly assemble while the attention is focussed elsewhere. Frankly, I think a hellebore is much more fun than a snowdrop, though neither are as innocent as they might at first appear.
January can be a miserable month, so a few weeks of bright, dry weather make for a welcome start to the year. Refreshingly chilly conditions in which to while away the garden hours until the first flowers of spring appear.
I’m not big on new year’s resolutions. To my mind, every day brings with it an opportunity to do better – why wait till January to make them, and then spend the remainder of the year berating yourself for breaking them? With something seasonal, like gardening, however, it makes sense. But I’m still limiting myself to one.
The awfully nice people at @burgonandball have sent me some of their marvellous garden tools in exchange for a review here on the blog – a timely offer, as I’ve bent yet another garden fork and left several hand tools behind me in the flower beds. Read on for my first impressions of these shiny wonders.