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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Join the #mygardenrightnow project

Magnolia flower budWhat's happening in your garden right now? Take a picture and share it on twitter using #mygardenrightnow. Let the world see your garden as it is today, and see how it compares to everyone else's.


This weekend I am taking part in the #mygardenrightnow project, launched on twitter by Michelle Chapman of the Veg Plotting Blog. The idea is to take a picture of your garden this weekend, and by sharing it via twitter, and our blogs, to create a collection of images that provide a snapshot of life in gardens across the country, or even the world.
 
Its a great idea and I'm taking part. I like to think that I have managed to create a garden which contains plenty of interest during the winter months, using interesting structural plants, evergreens, winter flowering shrubs and other features.  Even so, this time of year tends to be all about potential, and that was certainly the theme that developed as I wandered through the garden at 9am this morning.

Those winter flowering shrubs like the witch hazel are now past their prime. Crocuses and daffodils are in full bloom, splashing bursts of colour around the garden. But they will soon fade and disappear again, their job done, having reassured us that winter was coming to an end by emerging without notice from the ground, and cheered us all up with their colourful display against dark grey skies.


Anemone blanda
Anemone blanda
Meanwhile, most of the plants that we will be enjoying through spring and summer have barely got started. By early May,  the garden will have flourished and filled with foliage and flowers. Various specimens will come and go, but the beds and borders will continue to flourish and expand until at least the end of September. Trees will come into leaf and appear to expand to fill a larger segment of the sky than they do at present.  But all that is to come.

So what we see in #mygardenrightnow is potential. The magnolia bud forming, almost ready to delight, but not for a week or two yet. The first few anemone blanda opening under the trees, but with many more to follow soon. And these remind us that the rest of the garden will follow suit. I remember what it looked like in the middle of last summer, and these signs of potential give me the confidence to look forward to it all happening again. The garden rarely disappoints in that sense. The garden comes back to life to reward our perseverance and patience over winter.

Storm debris blocking the garden streamThere is also, of course, some work to do. The recent storms have blown all sorts of debris into the stream that flows through the bottom of our garden. Later I will don my wellies and wade in to clear out the various items that have become lodged between our stepping stones, which are themselves temporarily submerged by the additional rainfall that has worked its way down from the mountain.
 
Well that's #mygardenrightnow, I can't wait to see everyone else's.

10 comments:

  1. My neighbour's magnolia is positively burgeoning with buds this week! I'm sure they weren't there last time last week. As you say, there's plenty of potential in evidence now we're in March. Thanks for taking part in the #mygardenrightnow project :)

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for coming up with the idea. I'm looking forward to magnolias everywhere opening their buds over the next few weeks - mine is just a baby!

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  2. I keep looking at my magnolia waiting for the moment that the flowers start to emerge, they are always a favourite of mine.

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    1. Hi Alison, thanks for visiting The Green Fingered Blog, and for commenting too. I'm not sure what it is about magnolias, but they have something special. They are so elegant, maybe its their short flowering time that leaves us wanting more. Many people don't realise how good they smell too, I love them!

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  3. Well, at least your stream isn't clogged with plastic and polystyrene! Your garden is as you say definitely "full of potential" too.

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    1. Hi Mark, thanks for your comment. I can assure you the stream gets plenty of plastic and polystyrene too, unfortunately! After clearing those logs and twigs today, I then had to haul out a very soggy half a mattress! Amazing what some people will do with their rubbish!!

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  4. It is all about potential right now. Each day it seems something new is coming into bloom. Quite an exciting time of the year. I hope the storm didn't do too much damage.

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    1. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. Not much damage at all actually, just various things being blown around. One particular cloche I have picked up and put back at least 5 times this weekend! I cant secure it in place, as its a bit too big for the pot it is protecting!

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  5. I too am awaiting warmer weather when I can get into the garden and really give it a going over. I have a chore list of two pages in my garden journal. Much easier writing it down than doing. Ha...

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    1. Hi Lisa, good to hear from you. Might be easier but much less fun. Fingers crossed for more sunshine and less wind so that we can get all those jobs done.

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