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happymarion

It is New year;s day and the rain has let up at lsst and i can take my camera out in my garden to see the beautiful bare bones of the trees and anything else that thrills me in the winter.  so be prepared for some photographs as soon as they are edited - and some enthusing from this gardener who has been suffering from withdrawal symptoms in our dire wet autumn.  What a treat it is to see the winter sun.

happymarion

The winter sun shows up the pink in the bark of the Scots pine.


 

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The beech tree full of birds of all sizes.


 

nutcutlet

Very nice Marion, I love the shape of scots pines. I grew some from seed 20 years ago. They're doing fine, quite substantial trees now, but lack the wonderful presence of a mature specimen.

We're off to do our New Year's Day flower count now. I'll report in later. 

happy New Year to all

happymarion

The flowers on the sarcococca smelling delightful;


 

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happymarion

a variegated ivy climbing up the willow in my woodland walk;


 

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The catkins on the Garrya elliptica getting longer.


 

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The winter sun hits my Eucalyptus tree;


 

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Broad beans and red chard complementing each other in one of my raised beds.


 

happymarion

Of course I had to inspect my alpines which have kept me so busy removing the wet leaves from them - well i do love them as well as my trees!  This is Sedum spathufolium nestling beside a white form of armeria.


 

happymarion

And a vatiegated variety of Sedum spurium;


 

happymarion

my primroses just keep flowering all through the year.  They love all seasons in Bristol.  This one is in a crack in a crazy paving path.


 

Matty2

Lovely photos. I am considering getting a Garrya, are the easy?

Bjay

happymarion

Very easy.  This one is in partial shade in my woodland walk but the one in the Phyllogeny Garden in the Bristol botanic Garden where i am a volunteer gardener is in full sun and performs beautifuklly every year - a sheer delight.  It does have a bark mulch every year topped up so I would try to give woodland edge conditions to your new plant.  Works for me!

Lovely photos happymarion it's lovely outside this morning there is some daffodils coming up in my garden and the primroses are on there way too

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Good morning happymarion and have good 2013. Your pictures are great but I had to check, again, on your age. 83? You are an inspiration to all of us
Busy-Lizzie

Thank you for your lovely photos and I hope 2013 is a good year for you and your garden.

Hooray for evergreens in winter and trees with lovely bark like silver birch.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y487/Busy-Lizzie/IMG_4985_zpsdbf41c78.jpg

 This is euonymus "Gilt Edge".

happymarion

85 in August, Verdun.  It is being so active that keeps me going!  Thank you for your kind appreciation!

Busy-Lizzie

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This silver birch has crocus and cowslips underneath it in Spring. Behind are some of my too big Christmas trees that have had their bottom branches removed. They were used in the house in the early 90s then planted out.

Busy-Lizzie

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A little touch of colour showing in the pansies on New Year's day. For some reason this tub is more advanced than the others.