Along with the winter vegetables, here's an update on the winter flowers. The snowflakes are going nuts - every winter their clumps get thicker and thicker (this is what they looked like last winter).
My species tulips are just starting to wake up too. I start watering them again in the winter, knowing they wake up quite early. The first growing tip has appeared! Can you find it in this photo?
My colmnara orchid is still growing away. They seem to rotate between putting out flowers and putting out new pseudobulbs. I bought it last year in August just when it was blooming. It doesn't look like it will blossom again by August, it's still working on several new pseudobulbs. But I can't complain as it seems to be green and happy! Maybe I'll visit the orchid show again and get another pretty orchid in bloom.
My three hellebores are blooming one at a time. The first ones are coming in very pale this year for some reason; last year they were dark purple-black. Maybe the next flush will come in darker?
On the other hand the second plant appears to be coming in dark. The third one's sulking a bit but I know it will get there soon enough.
The nearby gaura has finished and is looking a bit scraggly. After this photo I went in and trimmed them back a bit. One of them had a bit of dead growth which I cut out, I hope that doesn't mean it's dying.
I haven't shown you the succulents in ages. I went through a phase where I was growing quite a few, but I decided they're rather boring plants. They grow very slowly and don't change much; I like a plant with a bit of personality. But this little bowl of succulents has slowly filled in. I like that in the winter the ones on the left turn red.
That's about it in the garden at the moment! That and major pruning but that's not very interesting for the blog.