This mild, dry winter has allowed me to spend several days outside during the Christmas and New Years' holidays, and this weekend. I now have a rose garden, where last summers' tomatoes grew; several bare-root, floribunda, grandiflora and one or two hybrid tea roses, all fragrant (of course)... and mulched with leaf-and-grass compost from last year.
Today I planted a plum tree (Prunus salicina 'Santa Rosa') and a "common" lilac (Syringa vulgaris), both at the back of the garden at the boundary with the green belt. I wandered here and there around the whole plot, brandishing the plum sapling, trying to find a spot where it would have enough light and yet not grow up to shade the vegetable garden, nor be under an oak tree. I hope this spot is the right one.
The broad beans are growing well under their chicken-wire nissan huts, which the turkeys have not yet overturned. I will plant more tomorrow, and some peas.
Maybe it will rain at some point this winter. Maybe.