Jan 012011
 

St Albans

I nearly broke my first New Year resolution within hours of waking up. I was supposed to be starting this blog – a year of documenting inspiring planting ideas or gorgeous gardens wherever I happen to be. But 1) I had a hangover. 2) The light levels were extremely low. 3) It was raining. 4) I had a heavy bag with me. 5) I wanted to lie on the sofa.

I didn’t feel like wandering around a strange area of London looking for horticultural inspiration. And I thought… maybe I can just start this blog tomorrow! No one will be reading it after all…

Walking home from the station, though, I tried to look out for something worth photographing. There wasn’t much. All of my favourite gardens looked distinctly downbeat and even a usually lovely knot garden was littered with uncollected recycling bins.

But then I saw this little window box, hanging somewhat oddly from a picket fence and flanked by recycling boxes, a wheelie bin and a pebbledash wall. The sempervivums have survived the snow and wet and are positively glowing on this greyest of January days.

Phew. Resolutions intact so far! Now where did I put the alka seltzer…

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