This week started off with some pretty huge frosts that saw our porchy-lean-to-thing having a name change from 'dying fake conservatory', to a simpler, 'Siberia'. From there things have got milder and with various chatter on Twitter about the fact that this winter might be the worst since 1942 I've been motivated to get out in the window of non-arctic conditions and do a few more wee jobs to get organised. I still haven't tackled the leaves that are lying around, perhaps because they're some of the last outdoor colour I might see in a while. But once that job's done I can forget about the garden things to do list if it does all disappear under snow.
I've cut the climbing roses back very hard and crossed my fingers on this being the right thing to do. They were getting to silly heights last year which was lovely but potentially quite difficult to manage without good supports in place. Also, we're planning to have the outdoor pebble dashed house walls treated and painted cream in the future, so I'm trying to keep wall growing plants to a minimum right now. This is frustrating as I'm desperate for a vertical carpet of Clematis or Virginia Creeper now that we have space and light to make these possibilities but I guess like everything else we'll get there in time.
In my husband's native Denmark they use the word hygge (who-ga) or hyggelig (who-ga-lee) to describe things or experiences that make you feel that lovely warm way inside. I love it that everything in the house and garden feels more hyggelig this year, it's a sign of being more settled I guess and that all the hard work is slowly paying off in an enduring way.
Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to in their gardens this week. I'm joining up with more hygge with Mammasaurus and the How Does Your Garden Grow deliciousness once more. It's highly recommended Thursday Therapy. Hope to see you there.