OK, so I know I can go out there any time I like, but the truth is, I really don’t like to in the winter. It’s soggy, it’s brown, it’s dreary and I know I can’t cut things back and prune them for fear of killing them if we get cold snaps. So it all seems pointless being out there!
But, oh, how I’ve missed it. More so than ever before. I’ve always been a summer person, never happier than when I can pop flip flops on and feel ridiculously hot all day. But this time, I think because I was out doing so much in my garden last year and appreciated every single new shoot and bloom, I’ve felt it all the more keenly.
Then this arrived at the end of last week in the post…
I love, love, love, my David Austin roses. I have several, and my lovely aunt gave me vouchers for Christmas so I can choose another one. Of course, I’d chosen it by Boxing Day, but didn’t want to order then as it wasn’t a great time to put a new rose in. But now it feels like the time is right, so I’ve ordered The Pilgrim, and I am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. It will kick-start my time back outside again, and hopefully will coincide with some of the many, many bulbs I’ve planted blooming.
There are frost bitten pots and brown shoots that need cutting back all over the place…
And in the winds we had last week, this happened…
So that’s that whole structure down, which isn’t a huge problem, though I had a rose and a honeysuckle training across the top of it that I’ll now have to cut right back, so I may not see much from them this summer. Not too sure how we’re going to get it all cleared yet, but I’ve no doubt we will!
But amongst the work that I see needing to be done, I’m also excited to see signs of new life….
Even just popping out there to take these photos invigorated and enthused me. This must be a sign that it’s time for me to get back into the garden? I’ll be sitting out on my bean bag, basking in the sunshine in no time, right?
Disclosure: Written in collaboration with Bean Bag Bazaar