My Garden Journal – January

As promised I am creating a garden journal throughout the year to celebrate our garden and this is the first post looking at January. I am writing and painting in my personalised “Moleskine” notebook, a special gift from our daughter and son-in-law, and as the first photo shows it has been embossed with the name of my blog. A beautiful and most luxurious book which feels a pleasure to handle and an honour to write in and a delight to create drawings and paintings in.

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Early on in my journal I have written about the Avocet, the beautiful wader after whom we name our house and made an attempt at a drawing of one.

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I wrote about the scented shrubs that keep us company in the January garden.

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Daphne bhuloa “Jacqueline Postil” and Sarcococca confusa.

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Cornus mas, the Cornelian Cherry and our two Hamamelis “Diane” and “Jelena”.

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I moved on to write about our Winter Flowering Jasmine and once again got out the watercolours.

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We enjoyed a couple of magic moments involving birds of prey in January and I recorded them in my journal.

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What a pleasure to have a Merlin in the garden and a Marsh Harrier flying over – I don’t expect that will happen too often!

Enjoy reading a few pages ……

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Well, that is it for my January journal. February is here already so my journal is gaining new pages, which will feature in my next Garden journal post.

 

 

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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2 Responses to My Garden Journal – January

  1. Your daughter and son-in-law certainly knew how to create the perfect gift for you. And, when this journal is complete, it will be so beautiful with drawings and wonderful hand-written descriptions it could become a coffee table book for many years to come.

  2. That’s fabulous. Garden journals are a favorite of mind, and you do it so well.

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