Goodbye to 2020: End of Month View, December

2020 has been a year like no other, and it’s inevitable that most people will be glad to see the back of it. The garden, however, has its own agenda and is little affected by the goings-on of the wider world, so 2020 on this blog ends with the usual look round the garden. We had a light falling of snow a couple of days ago, partially washed away by the gentle showers that followed it, but the rest has remained, courtesy of barely above freezing temperatures, giving a pleasing scrunch when walked on. Blackbirds have increasingly been enjoying the pretty crabs on Malus ‘Evereste’, but there are still plenty of fruits on the tree, shining nearly as brightly as the red berry Christmas lights that are still strung across the paved area above.

Below is the steamside and shrub border, with witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ and a trio of Cornus glowing in the winter afternoon:

Scrunching our way through the woodland we can climb the steps at the back of the bothy and look out over the main borders and beyond to the clematis collonade, followed by a different view from ground level:

As we head through the woodland edge border, the hellebores and emerging snowdrops are not yet readily evident:

The three bold borders, sporting remains of their herbaceous content:

Through the gate, the nursery beds house overwintering perennials, building them up for planting out or selling next year, but the cuttings beds are virtually empty apart from a couple of overwintering scabious:

The blue & white border and rose garden are similarly at rest, the path through the latter having to be quickly rescued from a pile of prunings (a severe cutting back of enthusiatic climbet Rosa ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’) prior to photographs and video being taken:

We walk under the clematis colonnade and through the updated main borders before heading back toward the house, passing the special snowdrop border (with its sprinkling of both snow and snowdrops) on the way:

Walking towards the left side of the house we can pop into the Coop and take in the last droopy blooms on the fantasy chrysanthemums, a sprinkling of blooms on potted cyclamen and emerging spikes of early spring bulbs. Venturing down the side, we reach the Coop Corner, with several hellebores in generous bud and the floriferous Clematis armandii preparing for an abundant show of flowers.

This is just a pictorial record of the garden; tomorrow I hope to look back at the year as a whole and identify the highlights, the things that have brought me the greatest pleasure in a year where gardens have proved to be of greater value than many might ever have imagined. In the meantime, you can view the garden from a different perspective by watching the end of month video

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19 Responses to Goodbye to 2020: End of Month View, December

  1. Cathy I love your garden with remnants of snow: it is divine. The photos are magnificent and divine of your wonderful garden. But the video has fascinated me, I have loved it, it has been walking through your magnificent garden and being able to admire it in person. The Hamamelis “Jelena” is divine, I love it. I really like cornus. I love the rest of the witch hazel in bloom. The snowdrops in bloom are lovely in the snow, I love them. The heucheras are beautiful, I love them. The crab apple tree is divine with its red apples as Christmas decorations and food for the blackbirds, I love it. I love how many ferns you have all over the garden. I could go on saying a lot of things that I like about your garden, Cathy. Cathy your garden is wonderful in all seasons of the year, enjoy it. Cathy wish you and the golfer a very good start and finish and a Happy New Year 2021. Kind regards from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      The video gives a gives a better view than a photograph in many ways, and I am glad you have enjoyed watching it. Thank you for your good wishes and I hope you and your Mother have a better year

  2. tidalscribe says:

    Happy New Year and happy gardening.

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Snow has a way of bringing out the loveliest highlights.

  4. Cathy says:

    The video was really enjoyable again Cathy. Your garden is so interesting even in the middle of winter with something eye-catching around every corner. I love the Cornus and your witch hazels. Also nice to see the Chrysanthemum in the Coop is still flowering!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Cathy. However much I look I can still miss things, like the cyclamen I showed on SoS – because there invariably is something new or different to see

  5. tonytomeo says:

    Yes, the snow is rad. (I have not experience with snow in my garden.) It is so white and so . . . snow like.

  6. Cathy says:

    Winter really shows up the lovely structure that you’ve created in your garden. A piece of paradise! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Cathy, it all looks so peaceful. ๐Ÿ™‚ (unlike the year we’ve just been through!)

    • Cathy says:

      And it feels that way too – despite being surrounded by other properties it is often completely silent apart from the birds

  8. Steve says:

    Good to see you are still doing the EoMV. I really must start again

  9. Anna says:

    Thanks for the December tour Cathy. Those witch hazels certainly do really glow. Your blackbirds are more considerate than mine as all my crab apples have now vamooshed. Wishing you and the Golfer a happy and healthy new year and enjoy your fabulous garden. No doubt you already have some projects for 2021 tucked up your sleeve ๐Ÿ˜„

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, and although some of them flower more sparsely, it is their contrast against generally grey days that make them stand out. Definitely good investments. Thank you for your good wishes and I pass on similar to you both

  10. Chloris says:

    A lovely winter tour of your garden Cathy. Well done, you are good at it and with music too. Great to see so many little shoots of promise. Your witch hazels are wonderful and ‘Orange Peel’ is truly outstanding.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris. It’s so much easier to do without a commentary and although I would have liked to add titles and labels I am not prepared to put any more time into trying to find (free) software to do it. And I am just walking round with my phone, choosing not to rock the boat by doing any zooming in whilst filming!

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