Monthly Archives: January 2017

Witch Hazel ‘Jelena’

One of my favourite winter flowering plants is Witch Hazel. A few cultivars are very fragrant. My favourite is a cooper-flowered variety known as Jelena. It has a low spreading habit of about 6 feet tall but 8 feet wide.  A beautiful Winter plant.

Lily has settled in. She thinks she owns the house now but I do miss Gus a bit.

She, of course, is a cat and does not listen to anything I say….


Filed under General Gardening

Look closely…..



Filed under General Gardening

Blooming today! 

The temperatures has been very nice for a few days which has encouraged the winter bloomers to put on a show!

Winter honeysuckle

Prunus mume – Japanese flowering apricot- Peggy Clarke



And winter jasmine

Earlier in the month required a trip down to the coast of North Carolina for my father’ funeral as I rarely take time off from work it was a strange event of not working and the death of a parent. The house was visited by an almost constant stream of old family friends and relatives. So much food was delivered we had feelings of guilt when we were required to throw it away! I am not sure if it is a Southern thing but you always take a dish to the family who has lost someone?

The weather was warm and produced beautiful weather for photographs on the Beaufort, North Carolina waterfront.

And so it goes…


Filed under About Town