13th January 2019
The garden is showing signs of life again. Bulbs poking through and the trees that leaf early showing buds. January has been very dry so far and not particularly cold so quite a lot of work has been possible. A new rose has been planted beside the pagoda, the same variety as the climber removed from the decrepit trellis next to the oil tank. This area is being cleared to be ready to move the tank to comply with current regulations for spacing from buildings.
The hellebores are first to flower and are putting on a good show this year after the kitchen bed was cleared for them. This raised bed will get some cosmetic attention sometime, the brickwork is fine but the covering cement screed is crumbling away and needs to be taken off and the bricks repointed like this end done in 2017.
The fern-leaf beech bed is now ready for planting up with bulbs and ornamental grasses, then covering with bark mulch. Work has also started on removing the wretched brambles from the north Devon bank on the left. Some overhanging branches have been removed, and a couple of spreading prunus  branches that were interfering with the fern- leaf beech.