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In the blink of an eye . . .

It’s that time of the year when you have to look now or you’ll miss something.
The blossom on apple trees . . .

Apple blossom in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . and in the park . . .

Blossom in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

The new shoots on a rather sorry-looking holly cutting . . .

Shoots on holly cutting in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

I could say I haven’t got time to stop for this, but what I would really be saying is I haven’t got time to live.

It’s the best time of year.

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Garden growth in 2011

Events conspired to keep me out of the garden for much of 2010, although early preparation did lead to a bumper crop of tomatoes, runner beans, apples and blackcurrants.

A review of the garden after the snow and ice reminds me there’s a lot to be done.

I am also surprised at how advanced the hydrangeas are already; their buds are quite big and I hope they don’t think that because the December snow and ice have gone that spring is just round the corner.

Hydrangea budding in Ilfracombe, North Devon in January 2011

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The camellias do not seem to have so many buds, but it’s early yet.

Camellia budding in Ilfracombe, North Devon in January 2011

One of the apple trees should have been pruned back in the autumn and, while I’ve given it a quick trim, I think I’ll wait until later in the year as there is a lot of winter left to get through.

So the main focus for 2011 in our garden is to get back on track.

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