January is that time of the year, when most of us have putting our plans to work. Some of you might be spending this month braving the gym, some might be taking your firs cooking class, some are writing a book. Some of you, my dear friends, may have started to grow a mustache or wear red lipstick.
Good for you! :)
With me, it's all about planning.. a garden, that is.
Every year, right about this time I start being nervous. Nothing to do. There's no snow (it's now gone - but I'm not going to get surprised it it comes back to bite us n February..), however, the weather is tricky, the ground is wet and no plant is ready to start it's cycle. So, I must wait.
Until I get on with my own garden - here's one I would love to visit. It's an English garden, and it's period appropriate. It's the garden of Coton Manor, Coton, Northamptonshire. (you can see is all on their official site)
Originally laid out in the 1920's by the grandparents of the present owner, the garden has been developed and extended by successive generations capitalizing on its natural setting, attractive views and abundant water. The 17th century manor house acts as a central focus for the garden, its walls supporting many roses and shrubs, while the surrounding terraces are populated by numerous colorful pots and containers.
Holly hedge border and the House
Holly hedge border
The main areas sloping down from the house are characterized by old yew and holly hedges, complementing the many luxuriant borders packed with unusual plants and carefully planned color schemes for each stage of the season.
The widely respected Good Gardens Guide says of Coton 'This is a beautifully maintained garden of exceptional charm with unexpected vistas at every turn... there is something for everyone here.'
I, for one, get mind-blown by colorful flowers and neatly lined vegetables.. and the impact is even greater when the day is dull and grey.
If you are, too starting something this year - I hope you'll make it happen. .. and if it IS a beard or a red lipstick - make sure to let me know. :)