End of Month View: Another Year Over

Last year, having only contributed to Helen’s End of Month meme for a few months, I was able to compare all views for each of those months when it came to December. This year is very different, as Rambling in the Garden has become an even bigger part of my life and my blog posts have generally been getting longer and more varied – and still a daily occurrence. Should I pick highlights of the year for this meme? Or each area of the garden at its best – or worst? Just post the usual views in December?

Still undecided, I sat down last night and scrolled through all the end of month views – so strange to see the year’s changes in the garden unfolding before my eyes in a matter of minutes…… The first few months, on the surface, showed little change – and surprisingly no snow, so if these were the only photographs of the garden one could be forgiven for thinking we escaped it last year – and then came an explosion of foliage followed by colour. Recent posts, however, have confirmed  that despite the apparent sameness of ‘off-season’ views, the garden is whispering and murmuring at all times, with tiny new joys to discover every day – whether it be new shoot, speck of colour, frosty patterns, spiders’ webs, bird talk or another of nature’s innumerable marvels. It is never still; the spirit of the garden never leaves it.

Share with me, therefore, the ebbs and flows of just part of the garden over the last year, the woodland edge border, confident in the knowledge that it is always full of those whisperings and murmurings, that the voice of the garden rises in crescendos and hushes in diminuendos but will never be quiet.

DSCN1166DSCN1354DSCN1610DSCN1818DSCN2092CIMG1485CIMG1850CIMG2121IMG_0123IMG_0356IMG_0669IMG_0955Thank you to all those who have shared my ramblings during the last year – I have enjoyed the journey immensely and hope I will have the pleasure of your company again in 2014 – best wishes to you all. Thank you also to Helen for continuing to host this monthly meme, and do pop over to her blog at Patient Gardener to find links to timely reviews of other bloggers’ gardens.

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20 Responses to End of Month View: Another Year Over

  1. Pauline says:

    Seeing your woodland edge border coming and going through the seasons was lovely, especially the spring flowers, it always amazes me how many early flowers love the conditions found in a woodland at this time of year.
    Happy New Year to you and the Golfer!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – it really showed the ebbs and flows, more so than any other part of the garden, and reminded me how much I liked it of course! I am thinking it could accommodate another small tree – certainly another witch hazel…. 😉

  2. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, I enjoyed watching scenes of your garden “whispering and murmuring”. Glad to have discovered your interesting blog this year. Best to you in the New Year! Susie

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you for your support, Susie – keeping a blog as a record of the garden is so helpful but it is lovely to be able to share it with others too. Almost selfish not to, I think!

  3. I’ve loved seeing your Woodland edge come and go over the months Cathy. There is something going on every month, this type of planting is what is lacking in my garden.
    Wishing you, the golfer and family all the best in 2014.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Angie – it is interesting how our gardens develop (unless they are completely ‘planned’ at the outset) but I must admit this border has been the most successful part of mine, and has only seen minor modifications whilst other parts have been altered dramatically. I suppose with the old hedge and the little woodland I planted it does fit in ‘style wise’ – it was all grass originally, and when started around 2001 I could not visualise this end result. You have lovely beds in your garden too, Angie, but if if you want a woodland edge border you could have one, given time… Thanks for your support, and best wishes to you and yours in 2014

  4. bittster says:

    I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring! Thanks for sharing your garden, it reminds me of what I should be doing to spaces in my own garden.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s good to get hints and ideas and inspiration from other gardens – sowing the seeds of new plans and schemes. Yet another of the joys of blogging – thanks for sharing it with me 🙂

  5. Annette says:

    Like a most enjoyable flip book (hope it’s the right word) – your woodland garden is such a success, well done. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      A ‘flip book’ – yes, a good analogy, Annette, and it was an interesting experience for me too. Thank you for kind support, as always

  6. Christina says:

    Thank you for sharing your garden this year, I’ve enjoyed it all. You’ve chosen a great view for this post. It really shows the changes throughout the year. Happy gardening in 2014. Christina

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – it was an eye opener for me too, doing it this way. The pleasure I get from my garden is heightened further by sharing it with others, so thanks for visiting and your support. Best wishes for 2014

  7. rusty duck says:

    Oh that was great. I share your love of woodland plants, how could I not? Look forward to seeing how it develops next year, and comparing notes.
    Happy New Year Cathy.

  8. Helen Johnstone says:

    I did enjoy my year long walk through your woodland border. I don’t think we notice the changes that much on a day to day basis which is why I like doing this meme. I love the lushness of your woodland border, this is what I am striving for in mine

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it was a real eyeopener going through the year’s EOMVs in one stretch when I was trying decide how to do the last one! The woodland edge border started from nothing (just grass), but I couldn’t have imagined how well it would work – and I am sure yours will do too.

  9. Sarah says:

    Love your woodland border. I’ll be interested in your advice on woodland plants as I am planting a Nut Wood (Nuttery?!) this year and will be introducing other woodland plants into the mix too. Love your blog!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks you Sarah for your kind words. Your nuttery sounds a great idea and I look forward to hearing more about it. If I can share any info or ideas I would be happy to do so but I am no expert. Perhaps we can email?

  10. Anna says:

    Such an informative exercise to be able to see what happens in one spot as the year unfolds Cathy. I imagine that the end of January 2014 will see more white from the snowdrops than January 2013 could muster. I’m sure that whatever happens in your garden this year that you will thoroughly enjoy it.

    • Cathy says:

      And it surprised me too, Anna – it has been so helpful having this blog! You are right about the snowdrops too, of course, and I trust yours are all progressing nicely as well.

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