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Life as a nurseryman & landscaper is always busy…

Less welcome signs of life returning!

Molehill in grass

While signs of life in the garden are generally welcome - the evidence of that a mole has taken residence is not something that many gardeners are overly pleased to see.

A friend's garden has been badly hit over recent months, and it is not just the lawn that has suffered.  A mole may not have much interest in eating your plants but its digging can be very damaging and disruptive.



Signs of the new year coming

Hazel Catkins

Despite all the recent hard frost, these hazels are still hanging on to the remnants of last year's leaves.  

More importantly they are very much showing the signs of the season to come as their catkins are rapidly developing.  Nature doesn't stop for long!



More pattern, more detail

Frost on Anemanthele lessoniana

This time the subject is Anemanthele lessoniana, the Pheasant's tail grass - a plant that is wonderful value at all times of year!


Winter is about detail and patterns.

Stephanandra tanakae covered in frost

As I have referred to often in recent posts - winter in the garden is all about patterns and details, which are highlighted by the winter's frost.

This is shot taken looking into a Stephanandra tanakae, a shrub with a delicate structure and fine orange stems.



A frosty, foggy start to the New Year

Frosty, foggy landscape

Taken while out walking off the culinary excesses over the New Year Break - a very different start this year to last.  So far this winter we seem to have avoided the endless wind and wet weather.  Certainly not complaining!



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