Unexpected in a January garden or not?

January garden brown hydrangeasJanuary garden brown hydrangeas skeleton leavesAlthough their leaves are turning to mini skeletons I feel rather reassured every time I arrive home and see our hydrangeas. It’s winter so they should be brown. It’s my first January observing our garden here in West Sussex so I’m not sure what should be and shouldn’t be growing. Every season there’s been a mixture of native and exotic plants appearing and flowering so it’s been a steep learning curve for me to say the least. The mild weather has been rather bewildering with rain and rain and then brief interludes of blue skies. Basically I have no idea what’s expected or unexpected in my garden this month.

Without further ado here’s what’s in our garden this early January….

There are still some blooming Bowles’s Mauve and quite a few varieties of Hellebores including the Christmas rose. Apparently that’s to be expected during a mild winter. But we also have primroses although some are now rather waterlogged.

Erysimum Bowles's Mauve in JanuaryMy January garden Christmas rose close upMy January garden hellebore with raindropsJanuary pink primrosesMy January garden water logged primrose

In the meanwhile there’s so many small wild birds that I’ve had to buy bird feed in bulk to keep them happy. I kept one of the hedgerows by our back fence untrimmed in order that they would have a safe place to hide and hang out in the winter especially as it’s rather popular around here for hawks during the day and owls at night. Now in between rainfalls it sounds like a bird orchestra is playing within the branches. Often we get the percussionists joining in and honking from the sky as our valley definitely is under a major geese flight route. Luckily the squirrels haven’t caught on.  They seem rather contented feasting in the surrounding woods. Sparrow and robin in hedgeBlue tits and sparrow on feederMy January garden winter geese formationSquirrel on logs

A couple of early unexpected surprises when I was looking around our garden this week. Really – daffodils now? Daffodil buds in January gardenMy January garden rosemary flowers

The Mahonias are still in flower and giving some colour. The shrub with pink flowers is a Daphne.The spiky leaved plant with whitish flowers is a hardy Silver lace Helleborus.Mahonia in JanuaryJanuary garden plant with rain on leavesDaphne shrub with small pink flowers JanuaryJanuary garden exotic plant with white flowers

Hopefully the weather won’t be messing up the plants too much especially if we finally do get a cold spell. But I have to admit I would like some snow this winter as there’s a perfect slope nearby for some sledding. Perhaps I need to whisper that when I’m outside in case our plants hear me.


11 thoughts on “Unexpected in a January garden or not?”

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  2. I love how nature filled your garden is, there’s something about country squirrels that look so much nicer than hardened urban ones!

    The new blog look is looking GOOD Kriss – perfectly suits you beautiful style of photography 🙂

    Thanks for joining in again lovely lady x

  3. It’s amazing what is about in gardens right now with all this mild weather but I could really do with a good cold frost snap to kill off the garden pests. Mind you I’ll happily send you any snow that we are due!

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