Sometimes at the end of the year I have focussed on just one area of the garden and have a month by month comparison instead of showing views of all th garden in December, but to be honest I didn’t even think of that when I took photos yesterday, the last day of 2018, so it is the usual EOMV of the whole garden.
Above is the view from the house, and you might just make out a hint of lavender flowers on Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’ in the right foreground. Below is the adjacent streamside area, the last time you will see it like this because today I have tackled moving the two roses I mentioned, giving the desired improvement I had hoped for. Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ is glowing brightly just beyond the left middle of the picture, whilst H ‘Spanish Spider’ is growing in the grass in the left foreground, one of the witch hazels that does not readily drop its leaves (they were trimmed off after the photo was taken). In a photo from the other end, the cornus are evident in all their winter brightness.
The woodland looks dormant but amongst the leaf litter bluebells are already stirring and I am sure if I poked around there would be wood anemones pushing their way out too.
Looking down the garden from ‘Bill’s chimney’ in the bothy, you can see that more changes are afoot, namely replacing some of the fences which have been doing a stalwart job for a number of years. It is really odd being able to see parts of the garden without the usual boundaries that split it into various sections. The second photo is taken looking in the same direction from the rebuilt clematis colonnade with the new raised beds underneath, towards the rose garden. It is more obvious without the fences that the ground slopes, necessitating an occasional step down as one progsses to the bottom of the garden.
The main herbaceous borders and the clematis colonnade, photos taken from the same point:
The woodland edge border, photo also taken from the same place and another from the opposite end. Native snowdrops are emerging in places in this border and the hellebores are budding up:
Two of the bold borders, looking brown and dowdy and mild, rather than bold:
The blue & white border, also brown and dowdy and covered in leaves(the bags are full of slate chippings, removed from the adjacent rose garden):
Whilst the Golfer has been reconstructing new fences, mostly from reclaimed pallets, I have been tackling the proposed terraces in the rose garden, enjoying the opportunity to lay a few more bricks. The bricks, like the ones used to raise the beds under the clematis colonnade, all came from neighbours as a result of their own DIY projects. I had completed the brickwork but in hindsight realised that my levelling on the right hand side was somewhat lacking – something to do with bricklaying past sunset on a late December afternoon, I guess… So hey ho! it will need to be rebuilt…
Heading back towards the house we pass the special snowdrop border, where lots of the special snowdrops are pushing through, more and more are in bud, and a few are sporting open flowers:
Just a quick peek in the new greenhouse, the Coop, where I have now moved the hippeastrum and hyacinths that are in bud, and finally on to the shady border. The Clematis armandii on the fence, in its first year, has flower buds, which is very exciting!
So that’s our garden at the end of 2018 – and it won’t surprise most of you that we are immersed in projects yet again – the ideas were there, and the weather is amenable, so why not? They will be done and dusted and look as if they have always been like that once any cold and wintry weather sets in, when I can get on with seed and plant lists for 2019. Don’t forget the map of the garden under The Garden Tab above, which will help you work out where the different parts of the garden are and how those fences split them up. Helen the Patient Gardener hosts this EOMV meme, so do pop over to her blog where she will be posting her own December views in due course.
In the meantime, may I wish you all a wonderful 2019 and good gardening.