End of Year View: the Garden at the End of December

From the back of the house, looking towards the sitooterie

The streamside and shrub border

The shrub border from the other end

The woodland

The main borders from the bothy

The main borders from ground level

Bronze heuchera bed and clematis colonnade

The woodland edge border

Woodland edge border from the other end

Bold border #1

Bold border #2, ready for a change

Bold border #3

Blue & white border

Rose garden

Special snowdrop border

Inside the Coop

The partially shady border behind the Coop

The relatively new ‘Fig Border’

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26 Responses to End of Year View: the Garden at the End of December

  1. Ann says:

    Hello there! I am on your blog for the first time and I am impressed how your garden looks like. When I imagine how it looks when everything blooms..It is definitely adorable. What are your plans for upcoming year? I want to recreate a bit my garden because it looks messy now. 2 years ago I moved with my husband to a new house and you know..begginings are always tough..This spring I have lots of plans, I want to grow new varieties of plants..I also love pansies so I want to grow them too..What do you think about this ones: https://gardenseedsmarket.com/large-flowered-garden-pansy-tutti-frutti-variety-mix.html ? Their colour is amazing so they will be a perfect garden decoration!

    • Cathy says:

      Welcome Ann. I suspect many of us are never completely satsified wirh our gardens and I for one am always on the lookout for inspiration to improve things – since the summer I have tweaked several things and do like a good project, especially if it involves bricklaying! The pansies are really pretty, such a nice shade

  2. Monika M says:

    Hello there! I am on your blog for the first time and I am impressed how your garden looks like. When I imagine how it looks when everything blooms..It is definitely adorable. What are your plans for upcoming year? I want to recreate a bit my garden because it looks messy now. 2 years ago I moved with my husband to a new house and you know..begginings are always tough..This spring I have lots of plans, I want to grow new varieties of plants..I also love pansies so I want to grow them too..What do you think about this ones: https://gardenseedsmarket.com/large-flowered-garden-pansy-tutti-frutti-variety-mix.html ? Their colour is amazing so they will be a perfect garden decoration!

  3. I enjoyed your December garden as it is all tucked away for winter. Wishing you all the best for a very Happy New Year!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lee – although to me it is not packed away for the winter as there all sorts of winter flowering goodies to come or already here in the case f the witch hazels πŸ˜‰

  4. mithriluna says:

    Love seeing the “bones” of your garden – the structures that support, display, and show off your flowers and plants during blooming season.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – yes, one can really appreciate the importance of structure at this time of year. AND it’s easier to get round the garden if there are hard surfaces to walk on!

  5. bcparkison says:

    And show time will be here before you can say Jack Rabbit.

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Hello Cathy
    I wish you happy new year with enjoy in the garden !
    From Jacqueline / France/Paris

  7. I love the garden, each and every one of the wonderful areas are divine. They are beautiful sleepers waiting for the arrival of Spring that will be in nothing. I love the forest and the snowdrops that will be blooming in a moment. Cathy although late, Happy New Year 2020! Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Margarita, and I like the way you say ‘they are beautiful sleepers waiting for the arrival of Spring’. Best wishes to you and your family

  8. How interesting to see your garden just before it starts sprinting to life again! Happy New Year

  9. Heyjude says:

    You have lots of leaves in your garden and also the same wind chime as I have, though mine is hanging in the conservatory at the moment due to the gales we’ve been having since October! Nice to see the structure of your plot. And not long now before it all starts to wake up.

    • Cathy says:

      ‘Lots of leaves’ can be both a good and a bad thing!! Most of the ones on the paths have been swept up now and today I have been combing them off some of the borders ready for some mulching. The (bamboo) windchimes were moved to this location fora reason Ican’t remember but it was only meant to be temporary!

  10. Anna says:

    Oh so exciting to see those flashes of white in the snowdrop border Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      I have counted again today, Anna, and there are 73 out of 86 showing so far, including all of last year’s purchases, which is always reassuring

  11. Cathy says:

    Seeing it all at this time of year makes it hard to believe it is the same garden as in June! The fig border is looking good and full of promise, as does the snowdrop bed, and the bark chippings define the pathway nicely. The coop and shade bed also look really lovely. πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I need to think of another name for the fig border, only called such because the sole reason it is there is due to the removal of the fig on the adjacent wall!!

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Ivy seems to be reasonably ‘contained’ there. I see it up a few items, but it looks intentional. I probably notice it more today because I needed to cut up a big chunk of it and the top of the small redwood tree that it pulled down on top of a house. It more than filled a pickup.

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