End of Month View: the Leaf Thief Has Yet Another Accomplice

Someone seems to have tidied up after the Leaf Thief because it certainly wasn’t only my efforts that have left the paths largely leaf free at the turn of yet another month. As many garden bloggers – in the UK at least – will be proclaiming, it is nothing like the start of the  Decembers we remember from the past. Who knows what the rest of the month will bring,  or the first few months of 2016?

Today though, here is the view over the paved area immediately behind the house:


The streamside grass (where I noticed some green spears of crocus today) and the shrub border:


The woodland looks so different at this time of year:


From Bill’s chimney, looking out over the herbaceous borders, the two borders on the left still needing their overhaul:

imageThe same borders from ground level:

imageThe clematis colonnade and the heuchera bed around the Acer griseum:

imageThe woodland edge border from both directions – noticed the flopped Red Dragon in the second picture:


imageThe three bold borders:



imageThe blue & white borders:


imageThe rose garden:

imageRetracing our steps but veering to the right behind the sitooterie we now pass the special snowdrop border with its delights and disappointments to come:

imageAlmost back at the house the current small project is on hold till drier weather, but the path has been widened and enough of the existing wall dismantled to allow it be realigned –  not surprisingly I am itching to get on with it!

imageWe are not at home at the moment and this post is being written on a spanking new but very portable tablet, a new experience for me so I am having to learn as I go along, the WordPress app being a little different from what I am used to. If the format looks a little odd when it is published, then I apologise! I am not yet sure about adding a link, but nevertheless I would like to thank Helen the Patient Gardener for valiantly hosting this End of Month view for many years – do check her blog to see other gardens at the end of November. Oh, and to help you navigate this post, don’t forget there is a map of the garden under ‘The Garden’ tab above.

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18 Responses to End of Month View: the Leaf Thief Has Yet Another Accomplice

  1. Love the paths and walkways through your garden, it must make a bit of time in the garden in all seasons to be so uplifting, so special.

  2. johnvic8 says:

    Your paths are a delight. I think your use of the WordPress ap went well.

  3. You have so many interesting nooks and crannies in your garden.

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    I think you must have been a bricklayer in a previous life Cathy.

  5. AnnetteM says:

    Your garden is amazing, Cathy. Now might be a good time to remind people of that wonderful map you have on your Garden page. I keep meaning to do one of them too – maybe this winter!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh yes – I meant to mention it! Thanks for reminding me – I shall go back and add it to the post. Glad to know that you like what you see of the garden Annette, as it is hard to be objective about your own

  6. Acer grisium is such a lovely sight. Your garden is full of interesting places. Looking good

  7. Cathy says:

    There are so many gardens within your garden Cathy, it’s nice to be able to see the structure better without foliage or flowers taking over – although there is still so much life and greenery for December! The woodland looks so lovely even in winter.

  8. Chloris says:

    How lovely it all looks. The structure of your garden shows up so well in winter, you have done so much. I think you will be disappointed when you run out of space to build paths or walls.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – and it never ceases to surprise me when I see the bare bones in winter. Sadly, you are probably right about the potential lack of projects in the future… 😦

  9. Anna says:

    I think that The Wind Fairy has been tidying up after that Leaf Thief Cathy. Most envious of all those walls.

  10. Helen Johnstone says:

    I wish my Wind Fairy was as thorough as yours. Fascinating to see the structure of your garden without its summer finery

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