End of Month View: Goodbye to 2018

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 ofΒ  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 ofΒ  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.

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29 Responses to End of Month View: Goodbye to 2018

  1. bcparkison says:

    I love progress and you seem to be in the mist of it. Good for you. Me? Well my sweet grandson came and helped me move three wheelbarrow loads of worm mulch to the hoop house. He is 8 going on 20 and loves to help. I am so glad is finely able to help. Now I need to dig it in and be ready to plant . Rain rain is pouring on our heads for the rest of the week. We have already had almost 5 inches and more coming. The rivers are flooding like it is Spring. Of course we are never satisfied are we. It will dry out and then we will be beging for rain.

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Your garden projects are inspiring. I am wondering what I could be doing in the garden now. No blooms here though. Happy Gardening New Year.

  3. It looks as if you are busy out there Cathy and the weather has certainly been favourable over the last few days. Much colder tonight though! Hope that you have many happy hours in your garden in 2019 xxx

  4. Chloris says:

    We have been so lucky with the weather so far and I can see you are making the most of it to get on with yet more projects. Plenty of exciting buds in your greenhouse. And the promise of more snowdrops to bloom. Winter can be fun. Has your book arrived yet?

    • Cathy says:

      I am at Elder Daughter’s tonight but the Golfer says something arrived today which feels like a book… I will let you know when I know for sure! πŸ˜€

  5. Christina says:

    Nice to be able to be busy at this time of year.

  6. Fun to see your garden, which looks ours in November. πŸ˜‰

  7. Living where it is too cold to do anything in the garden right now means I can relax and dream. Our snow will melt in a few days and then all the jobs that need doing will be revealed again. Love seeing how much is happening in your garden at this season.

  8. karen says:

    Lots of inspiring ideas there. I loved your raised beds and winding pathways. Your new greenhouse looks lovely and full of winter interest. Nice to have somewhere dry to work in the wet weather. And somewhere to display pretty winter flowering pots. Happy New Year Cathy. x

  9. Pauline says:

    I am impressed with all the painted woodwork that you have, do you have to repaint it all every year? Thanks for the wander round your garden with all its winter flowers, even this time of year is interesting isn’t it?
    Happy gardening to you and the golfer for 2019!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – it will have been the beginning of 2013 that this section was constructed, and I gave it a cursory touching up before our openings this year because it was looking tatty but clearly due for replacement. Cuprinol Garden Shades is now meant to last 6 years which is pretty good. I would recommend having things of winter interest to any gardener, as I am sure you would! Happy gardening to you as well, Pauline

  10. Cathy the changes she is making in her garden will leave her with much more beauty, I’m sure. Your greenhouse is beautiful full of sure promises of flowers in those terracotta pots that I love so much. The corner of shadow has been great with the plant that has pierced there. The forest is beautiful and soon full of wood anemones that are beautiful. Happy New Year of gardening. Greetings from Margarita.

  11. tonytomeo says:

    Three hazels!? We used to grow those years ago, but discontinued them because there was such a limited market for them. I had to order the common witch hazel because they are not available here. I think that the garden varieties really should be more popular than they are, even in our mild climate.

  12. I love how your garden has rooms. It’s charming, even in winter. Are you counting the days till spring yet? We have a way to go, but for now I’m enjoying the cooler weather and the much-needed rain. Happy New Year! Alys

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