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My Winter garden

The stars of my winter garden are without question, the Camellias. Looking particularly beautiful this year, the big red Camellia in my back garden has just opened her first blooms and is covered in buds waiting to open. Tucked in amongst other plants and taller growing shrubs are the smaller Camellias shrubs, some of which are flowering for the first time this year. Their lovely pink flowers draw attention to the lower growing foliage, all of which is looking lush thanks to the rain.


If you look closely there is a hint of things to come. All over the garden the spring bulbs are starting to wake up pushing their first leaves through the soil. Last years bulbs are forging ahead and newly planted bulbs are coming up, competing for attention. It’s a reminder that for everything there is a season …


I’ve been battling a bit to find ‘blogworthy’ things in my garden. We are having lovely winter weather right now, cold and crisp with sunshine and … my favourite … no wind! But a fair amount of rain has left some of the ground in my garden sodden and this makes gardening not entirely pleasant. I may need to look at the drainage in certain areas if it gets a lot worse.

Back garden and Sherrie

The “Two Gardeners” have both been sick …flu, sinusitis and then in case the first bout was not enough, flu again. We’ve both been out of commission, so visits to our friends’ blogs have been minimal. We promise to visit you again now that we are up and about.

I will be linking this post to Helen of The Patient Gardener who hosts End of Month View. This monthly meme is where garden bloggers share their garden views for the end of the month.

I leave you with these lyrics …

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

It’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

(Lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Elton John)

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

9 replies on “My Winter garden”

Hi my friend – hope you are over the worst of it and feeling whole again. I love the lyrics you chose here ….till we find our place! 🙂
The circle of life is so fitting here – the winters must come and through all this the spring will arrive. So much to look forward too.
I have had a weekend of garden clean up! I will post this today, so you can see what I have been up to since the hibernation! 🙂

It is so strange to see your Camelias in full flower as here summer is only just beginning and you are speaking of being in the middle of winter a friends garden a couple of weeks ago their Camelias were still blooming well so our cliamtes must actually be very different even though we think of them being similar but reversed! Christina

I love the photo with your doggie! I have grown to love camellias just in the past couple of years, though in my part of the world they are one of the defining plants. It is wonderful to see them blooming from late fall to early spring when the garden is mostly a sleepy gray. I’m so sorry you have been sick; stay healthy and strong now!

Hope you are both well over the flu.

Maybe your sodden bit could become a bog garden? Arums and vlei lilies? Even the waterblommetjies actually grow in shallow pools of winter rain.

Very inspiring post. Its hardly rain here in the month of June and I am terribly waiting for the rainfalls this summer. Thanks for visiting my blog.

How nice to have glimpses of spring even as winter just begins for you. I envy your mild winters, and your Camellias (which we can’t grow here)! I’m so sorry to hear that you have both been sick–I hope you’re feeling better now. Great shot of your garden with the pup looking over the grasses. Very sweet!

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