Planting trees and looking ahead

Newly planted Crateagus tre

January has been fairly dry so far, meaning we have been able to work on the soil more than we might normally expect at this time of year. We have been tree planting recently, which always has its particular pleasure, knowing that we are establishing something that will outlive us and hopefully be there for future generations to enjoy.

While there have been plenty of dull grey days, there have been a few good frosts which always means ornamental grasses look their winter best.

And now, despite still being January, the birds are a little more vocal and bulbs are appearing, so we know that spring is in the offing. I always like this time of year, when we are usually planning for spring – completing designs or planting plans, and drawing up lists of plants and seeds to buy.