It was only when I stepped out of the back door this morning for my usual ramble that I realised that yesterday was the end of another month – well, I knew it was the end of the year and that we are now in 2022 of course, but in terms of garden record keeping it certainly hadn’t crossed my mind that it was time for a formal look at the garden at the end of December. One day won’t have made much difference, but a few days of temperatures reaching an unseasonal 14°C has, with witch hazels, snowdrops and the Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the working greenhouse all putting on a noticeable spurt, very evident in the case of the witch hazels when you see the photos and video.
Chloris published a lovely post about her garden today, toying with dreams of vast manicured gardens, ancient towers and fancy sculptures, but coming to the conclusion that she wouldn’t swap the garden she lovingly created herself and the joy it brings her for any of these dreams. I know just what she means and, despite the perhaps inevitable dissatisfaction with parts of my garden (inevitable because, like most gardeners, I always think things could be better), I know that everything in the garden apart from the hedge, the apple trees and some other self-seeded trees is there because I put it there or planned for it be there, ably asisted by the Golfer in terms of constructing paths and wooden structures, and there is indeed joy great joy to be had in the creation.
2021 began cold, although many winter flowering plants were already ahead of themselves, and a dry and sunny summer made it a great year for roses and the annuals and dahlias in the cutting beds. Projects during the year have been relatively minor, mainly tweaking existing structures or layout, and will largely go unnoticed by the irregular visitor. The lopping of 2 silver birch may be more noticeable and is an action I am still not wholly satisfied with, not helped by an inability to come up with inspiration for something artistic to do with the stumps, left at a heigh of two metres plus. I have also tried to be more selective in my planting throughout the year, not cramming as much in the borders, but still have a long way to go with this…
Unusually, there are as yet no grand plans for 2022, but I suspect that tweaking is here to stay! Before then, here is the garden at the start of the year, with the usual regular views, some spiced up by witch hazels and the glowing stems of cornus:
The woodland, the view from the bothy at the end of it and the same area from the back of the sheds, taken at ground level:
The woodland edge border, with hellebores budding up and native snowdrops pushing through (and the two lopped beeches):
The three Anything Goes borders:
The bubblewrapped greenhouse and the empty cutting beds:
The blue & white border, rose garden and path between the main borders:
The snowdrop border and view back towards the house, with the recently pruned wisteria:
And finally to the Coop, with late flowering crysanthemum and emerging spring bulbs, and the Coop Corner beyond it, where the recent lifting of the sagging pink pussy willow leaves the bed looking less overgrown, albeit still needing attention:
Finally, here is the usual end of month video, this time including close-ups of the witch hazels, and before you watch it please accept my warmest wishes for the best possible 2022!