One week of frosty weather seems to be all that our winter in Amsterdam is going to be this year. A year in which every weather record has been broken and ended unusually warm and wet.
The forecasts suggest that I can start tidying the garden next week. I see that some of my neighbours are already busy, but the soil is very wet and I need to wait for at least a week of dry sunshine before scrambling about in the borders chopping and hacking at the dead stems.
When the winter tidy-up finally starts it is always a moment of despair and hope. The textures of so many perennials continue to enrapture me, but they must go to make way for the new year’s growth. This year I will have a bold display of red tulips throughout the entire garden which is something special to work towards.