A January Mess…

January is here and I feel like bursting into song.

January holds everything for me, that December seems to for the rest of the world; excitement, merriment and good cheer. January is when you can concentrate on stuff that really matters to you…a time when it’s okay to turn inward slightly, and ponder and plan…possibly get a bit organised for the year ahead (or at least think about doing something like it). January is, in short, the other side of Christmas, which, however much you love it (and I DO love it, I really, really DO *said through gritted teeth*) is often about running around trying to capture the dreams, fulfil the expectations and generally satiate the desires of others, with food, drink, LOVE…whatever. It’s bloody exhausting. Tell me I’m wrong (ladies).

I’m writing mid-deluge during the wettest week I can remember for a long while. ¬†Everything in the garden is sodden and flat. Leaves and apples have literally impregnated themselves into the grass; the whole thing feels like one big slimy mess….

And then I go outside. Immediately wonder creeps in, and I dash upstairs in my muddy boots to find my macro lens. Fifteen minutes later, when I am still searching for batteries and what-have-you, I remember that things don’t have to be perfect, so I grab the iPhone. Here are a few beauties which caught my eye. You can get better photos of all of these elsewhere on this blog…just use the search box…


Jasminum nudiflorum

Jasminum nudiflorum

Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus

Chimonanthus praecox

Chimonanthus praecox

Clematis cirrhosa

Clematis cirrhosa

Lonicera x purpusii

Lonicera x purpusii

I’m acutely aware, though, that when it comes to having a garden, it’s very much the ‘whole’ that matters, and so although I am loathe to share my flattened mess, I thought I’d post a pic of it here to show how it looks now in its entirety, after so much heavy weather and without any love or attention for over a year now (new baby).



Hmmm…nice! I have a long way to go, because this garden was always supposed to be a place that looked after itself, rain or shine. It’s not doing that right now, so action is needed…my time, my energy, my passion, my devotion and my love. What this garden needs is a Christmas all of its own, where I attend to all its needs, make it comfortable, give it presents and send it sailing off into the new year full of happiness and gloating over its booty. Watch out garden…Santa’s on his way xxx

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  1. Amanda Gryspeerdt
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Laetitia, your blog struck a chord with me today as it has been the first time out in the garden for weeks. The doors to the garden shed are so swollen with rain that I couldn’t open them so made do with a pair of snippers from indoors and my hands! Cleared away two trugs of sodden bits and did a bit of pruning and planning. All very satisfying and a beautiful day too. I look forward to reading more of your stuff.

  2. Posted January 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Lovely to hear from you again.

    You’ve summed up perfectly how I feel at the moment. I find January an exciting time, especially where my little fledgling gardne is concerned. What I don’t have is Winter/Early Spring colour. I must remedy that for next year. I do have a million and one green shoots poking through the soil, and buds of promise on deciduous plants.

    And thanks for being honest and showing your garden in all it’s untended glory (it still looks lovely. Step ladder and all).

    Leanne xx

  3. Shaun
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Yes I,m fully planned ahead and dying get out there and start. I have been given a load of wood so I’m going for a wacky bench. Weeds in full flow so they got picked and binned. Just this weather can’t make it’s mind up. Sowed my first seeds the other day and popped them in my daughters window. That was followed by a shout from my youngest dad not my window again lol. Happy new year too.

  4. Posted January 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    However wet and bedraggled, it’s still a place of beauty. I know what you mean about that January feeling. I’m enjoying making lots of plans and that burst of New Year energy. Long may it last!

  5. Posted January 12, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year Laetitia&Family! I adore the idea of the garden having a little Christmas time to itself soon! Mine sure needs some love and attention, it hasn’t flooded as expected but if I was to tred on the lower lawns, my foot would be grabbed and pulled to the depths, I have lost wellies countless times! Beautiful blooms can’t fail to raise a smile, I spotted several green shoots poking through the frost from the countless (and now forgotten type!) bulbs this morning too, absolutely heartwarming! Wishing you a happy 2014 in the garden, looking forward to reading about it!


  6. Posted January 13, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    I am normally full of new years promises to myself by now but the weather has been so impossible I have hardly ventured outside my lovely garden office. Would not mind it getting cold if it just stopped raining for a few days. I will look forward to your next post.

  7. Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I love the concept of your garden getting a visit from Santa! Having had a look at the sodden state of my garden over the weekend I think I’ll definitely need to give it some Christmas type cheer as well.

    Like Katie, I noticed a few green shoots from bulbs poking their way through my compost in the pots I have outside my door which always adds a little excitement to the day. It may be cold and wet outside but it can still be beautiful.

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