Having begun the annual fern clear up down in the Fernery, it was time to warm up with a bonfire and a major tidy up. The wood ash is mixed in with the compost and we also top dress raspberries and fruit trees with it. The bracken is used as a duvet on the arum lilies to keep the frost off them and ensure they survive the winter. Hopefully the weather will hold and we can finish this job and clear the ever encroaching ivy from around both the ferns and Hellebores.
I know may people have snowdrops in bloom so I went on a hunt for ours. After an intensive search, I found a few just peeping through!! Hellebores are also just pushing up so it's time to remove all last years leaves. Who says gardening stops in winter???