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.
Thank 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.