This afternoon I took a walk around my garden to look up closely at the growth and condition of my plants. We have had very strong winds over the last few days and a lot of rain also. The weather however is a lot milder than I remember early January to be and we have not had much in the way of frost overnight. I have to be honest and say I am looking forward to seeing a hard frost. My garden with its varied foliage and strong structure, to me, takes on a magical charm with frost and snow. For the past few years February seemed to bring the heavy snows here - but last year it was later coming in the middle of March.
Sadly I have to report that today I found a cat hiding (sitting on my young Uncinia rubra grasses!) under my pine tree, near the feeders. I also suspect it was there earlier as I found lots of grey feathers under the feeder. I have now placed a decorative ceramic sphere where the flattened grass was and plant supports next to it in an attempt to make this area less vulnerable for the birds.
I collected seeds from many plants in my garden this year. I have already picked some of the berries of the Ophiopogon and planted them in a seed tray, putting them in my unheated greenhouse. I am not sure they will germinate - I have a feeling they will do better outside getting the chills of winter. I plan to go out into the garden again tomorrow, pick the berries that are left on the plants and just push them into the ground nearby the parent plant. This plant gives great cover and is quite striking growing in solid clumps - it is one of my favourites for all year ground cover.
All photographs shown above were taken in my garden on January 4th 2007.