New Year’s Eve & the Garden

NYE this year the garden looks like a skating rink. We had snow, then rain, then warmth and now snow again. It looks very beautiful but it’s lethal for the plants.

There is, however, nothing I can do about it, except to sit back and enjoy the whole sight: the shape of the grasses holding the snow, the gorgeous evergreens and evergolds. I have one which is an absolute corker: Sciadopitys verticillata a Japanese umbrella pine. The shape is conical with long graceful clusters of needles. It’s poking up above the snow right now—just—but might get to four feet. This one makes me want to have many more small evergreens here. What a sight in the snow.

What’s keeping me going are the catalogues flooding in. I’m going to go through the ones I have and tell you what’s really good. The great thing about catalogues is that you can read them in a hot soaky bath.

Meantime my beloved, Jack Batten, and I are going to have a lovely bottle of wine, a very quiet dinner together and then watch The Wire.

Happy New Year everyone.

  • nadia

    January 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    ho visto per caso un suo servizio sul giardino in tv, mi affascina molto, anche la sua vita, anche se non so’ molto.
    ho perso da 2 anni mio marito, ho sofferto molto, l’unica cosa che mi da’ un po’ di piacere sono le piante (ho un terrazzo), doveva essere la mia futura attivita’ quando mio marito era ancora in vita, Mi piacerebbe tanto sapere un po’ di piu’ della sua vita, anch’io trovo molta pace quando sono a contatto con le piante e lavoro con loro, buon natale Nadia

  • Barry

    January 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Here’s wishing you the very best for the coming year, with consultations and more wonderful Glabe and Mail articles, more great blogs, and days filled with glorious memories in the garden …. and perhaps a few trips to visit us at Lost Horizons!

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