27 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR

    1. Thank you Helen. Yes I am going to grow more flowers in the garden, to make it beautiful, for the bees, and also because with the plastic’s factory they have planning permission for, the emissions will make it risky to grow and eat our own vegetables I think. The prevailing winds will bring emissions straight to our hill. We may have to sell up and move, but we will see – it might not be so bad. What plans have you Helen?


      1. That’s dreadful, Agnes. I’ve just been listening to a programme about solutions to climate change – and the problems created by plastic. We really don’t need more factories to make more of it, do we? And it potentially inflicting dangerous waste on you is so unfair.
        However, flowers for pollinators will be soothing for you, I imagine, as well as good for the environment in its own way.
        As for my plans, I’m rejigging the back garden now there is a large amount of shade caused by a tall fence on the east side. Basically, it’s going to be a forest garden, with an emphasis on perennials and flowers for pollinators (which I also intend to eat). So, for different reasons I’m heading in a similar direction to yourself, Agnes.

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      2. That’s cool Helen, we can delight in sharing idea’s and flower tips. I’ve already got some foxgloves and a good few wild borage plants growing strong, Seeds I bought so far are for Rudbekia Other than that I have not decided yet. Will you be planting bluebells among other forest flowers?


      3. I already have bluebells – inherited them when I bought the house. However, they are not edible, which is a bit of a contradiction in a forest garden.
        What’s the difference between borage and wild borage? Good luck with the rudbeckia. I tried to grow echinacea, which I think is related, and they died in the ground. I understand they are difficult, though.
        Anyway, yes, we can delight in sharing tips and ideas 😊.

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      4. 🙂 Wild borage = borage that comes to grow in my garden on its own account, so I meant I do not ever have to purchase borage plants 🙂 Cheers Helen.


    1. They were not current photos Mitza, however, the Japanese Quince (red flower on left) does flower this time of year and used to be in my garden. The Hellebores also flowers in winter here. The photos at the top of blog post is of Ribes sanguineum or flowering currant plant, this also flowers in February and we used to have it in our hedge but the frost killed it some years ago.

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