The final days of winter

Don’t wish your life away, my wonderful nanna would say if she could hear me this morning, counting how many days we have until the rule of six returns here in England. And she’d be right – even during these weird, quiet times in which most of us can’t meet family or friends in person, there is plenty to be thankful for.

I wander around the garden most days recently, watching for little changes to the plants as they unfurl and grow on sunnier days. I’m probably (definitely) messing up the damp grass…

Last weekend was amazing weather and, while this week has been grey and cold, there is hope for springtime all around if you look closely.

Daphne bholua β€˜Jacqueline Postill’ –
it has bloomed more since my last post; and there are lots of little buds at the top of the plant,
so I’m looking forward to seeing more flowers soon. I almost fell over trying to smell it the other day πŸ˜‚
These dwarf Iris ‘Katherine’s Gold’ have been very special –
I’ll definitely plant more next year, maybe along with some ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ too!
It’s cold and chilly today so the Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’ have closed themselves up again, but they’re fascinating
I’ve seen tonnes of photos of daffodils on others’ social media but we’re yet to see any bloom here in the garden just yet.
Seeing them almost ready to go is exciting 🌞
I planted a selection of wallflowers in autumn and they’ve remained green and strong throughout winter.
It’s wonderful to see little buds appearing on them now. Speaking of buds…
This week I planted up two pots with Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, ‘Royal Bumble’ and ‘Nachtvlinder’ along with some mint and sage
And finally, the roses are my favourite thing to watch at the moment – lots of red and green leaves appearing each day

What’s changing in your garden? Feel free to comment below or tag @camflowerjourn on Instagram so I can see 🌱🌷

Wishing you a restful weekend,

🌞 Katherine

Winter garden diaries

Before we officially welcome spring with open arms (have we ever been more ready for a new season? 😴😍) I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to this winter in my own little garden.

Ours is a new-build garden and started out with nothing but a whole lot of turf last August. Since then I’ve been making some flower beds – gradually breaking up the heavy clay – and planting quite a few perennials, as well as shrubs which will eventually bring us plenty of winter colour.

Since January I’ve made an effort to take a photo (almost) every day to document what these new plants look like through the fairly mild winter weather. Below are some of my favourites…

A Snowberry doing its thing in a pot on the patio
Scabiosa still blooming into January
A vibrant Aconite saying hello all on its own.
A reminder of the amazing carpet of Aconites I saw at Anglesey Abbey back in 2019
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ –
inspired by the monumental ones at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

Since these photos were taken I’ve been focusing on winter bulbs which have been bravely popping up amidst snow and frost throughout January and into February…

I’m so much looking forward to watching the daffodils and tulips beginning to bloom in the coming weeks.

What are your favourite plants for winter colour – and beloved winter or spring bulbs? Comment below or use the tag #camflowerjourn on social media 🌷 I hope that over time we’ll gather a friendly bunch of readers who’ll share some of their moments of joy in the garden via the Journal.

Until next time,

🌞 Katherine

Launching in spring 2021: Cambridge Flower Journal

Thank you for visiting this project site. My name is Katherine Selby and I’m the founder and editor of Cambridge Flower Journal, a brand new space for sharing stories specifically about flowers in Cambridgeshire, UK.

This project will present a selection of carefully-crafted stories, establishing a lively flower-loving readership. It will become an educational space which champions gardening, growing and floristry in this county.

Additionally this site will help readers to find wonderful events and opportunities, such as open gardens and courses, which tap into the beauty of flowers and plants locally. These will be shared in our Calendar and updated regularly.

Enjoying the wild fields around Eddington, Cambridge back in 2018

Personally I’m an amateur when it comes to gardening, having recently begun creating a garden from scratch. My goal is for any stories from Cambridge Flower Journal to be educational, mindful and celebratory, which are things we need in 2021 more than ever. These stories should inspire readers to get outdoors and gardening, support local floristry and plant businesses, and visit open gardens in our area, while exploring sustainability in these areas.

I hope you’ll enjoy tapping into Cambridge Flower Journal as the project progresses, and do get in touch if you’d like to share a story suggestion – it’d be brilliant to hear from you! If it’s easier, I’m also contactable on Twitter.

With best wishes,

🌞 Katherine