On New Year’s Day…

I was pleased to see signs of new growth, which is good as it heralds the promise of what’s to come later in the year.

The white Michaelmas daisies (Aster pringleii Monte Cassino) were the last flowers to appear in October/early November but new growth is already showing.

The old stems will be cut back in the spring as they provide some winter protection.




The sedum stems and flower heads provide autumn and winter interest once they’ve finished flowering and also protect the new growth.  As with the asters they’ll be cut back in the spring.



The red valerian (centranthrus ruber) was cut back in the autumn since when there’s been plenty of new growth.




There was heavy rain and high winds overnight on Wednesday so yesterday morning I checked if all was okay on the plot.  Thankfully it was but one of the other plot-holders wasn’t so lucky as their greenhouse had collapsed, bending the frame and smashing much of the glass.


Have a good weekend!


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26 Responses to On New Year’s Day…

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update Flighty, blessing as always

  2. Jo says:

    It’s a sorry sight to see greenhouses down after the high winds but more pleasant is the sight of new growth, spring is on the way.

  3. Sharon says:

    Sad about the greenhouse, stunned at the force needed to buckle it. Happy to see new green shoots, love nature! Enjoy your week.

  4. anna nicolopulo says:

    Can’t believe the new growth so soon!!! 🙂

  5. CJ says:

    Oh what a shame about the greenhouse. Nice to see the new growth. Catkins are out here I noticed this morning. CJ xx

  6. ARIGATOU(Thank you so much!!)
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a prosperous new year!
    On Japanese New Year ‘s customs;
    Adults put money in a special envelope and give it to children.
    This is called “otoshidama” and many children look forward to it very much!

  7. Liz says:

    Oh dear, what a shame about the greenhouse. Enjoy the signs of your spring to come. Still in deep freeze here!

  8. Carrie Gault says:

    EEEK! This post has pleased my soul! Harbingers of spring all over the show – thank you for sharing. This is the first time in ages I have started to read blogs again – you have given me a boost. Absolutely gutted for whomever owns that greenhouse – but spring – yay!
    P.S. I haven’t been outside in about 2 weeks – these close ups are great for me 🙂

  9. Glo says:

    Agreeing with your other commenters about your signs of spring’s promises, and also feeling sorry for the plot owners who have to deal with a collapsed and broken greenhouse.

  10. Menhir says:

    What a shame for the plotter who lost the greenhouse. I guess it is a risk when working with light frames. It is not possible to prepare for all conditions and especially the rare extreme and freak ones.

    Your green shoots have come on at a fine pace. The plants much appreciate the replacement nutrition in the ground.


    • Flighty says:

      Menhir I agree. Light frames certainly don’t help, nor does being on an exposed site as we are.
      They sure have, surprising so. I don’t doubt that’s an important factor. xx

      (I’ve deleted your two other comments.)

  11. Caro says:

    Those strong winds were enough to wake me in the night, Flighty, so I’m not surprised at the chaos they brought although I would have thought a greenhouse was safe enough. It’s reassuring the see those green shoots coming through – I’ve even picked one or two stems of flowering honeysuckle here! Wishing you all the best for 2018, Flighty. xx

  12. snowbird says:

    It’s always a treat to see the new growth coming through. I bet the owner of that greenhouse was pretty upset, removing broken glass is a right pain too.xxx

  13. nikkipolani says:

    Ooof, what a right mess that is. Glad you are already seeing new growth amongst your plants. Was just telling my dentist about how pruning is different here since we don’t have to save anything for winter protection.

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