Although January can be a desolate month in the garden and is the month when I spend the shortest time out in it, there are still some highlights to see, if you look close enough.
The first snowdrop in flower was a welcome sight.
I have planned to take images from the same point each month during the year so that I can clearly see the changes. The old dustbin in the right hand corner, doesn't look very attractive but I have been using it as a planting container. It is currently full of 'Seagull' daffodils a variety that I haven't grown before. The dustbin has been in our family since the 1960's so I was loath to part with it! Have you got any unusual plant containers in your garden?
Despite not being in the garden we have still attended a 'Potato Day' and bought some onion sets, potatoes and garlic bulbs. I learnt how to do apple pruning properly and we attended the annual "Wassailing" celebrations at the local community orchard. We have also been buying seeds although it still seems a long way off until the weather will be warm enough to sow them!
I am always tempted to buy spring flowers at this time of year to brighten up inside. Have you seen anything to brighten your days this month?
It is always wonderful to see other gardens and watch their development during the year. If you want to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site. Those participating this month are :-
Wishing you best wishes for what is left of this week!