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01/01/2013 at 09:46

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.

01/01/2013 at 09:53

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


01/01/2013 at 10:02

The beech tree full of birds of all sizes.


01/01/2013 at 10:04

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

01/01/2013 at 10:07

The flowers on the sarcococca smelling delightful;


01/01/2013 at 10:12

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


01/01/2013 at 10:17

The catkins on the Garrya elliptica getting longer.


01/01/2013 at 10:22

The winter sun hits my Eucalyptus tree;


01/01/2013 at 10:26

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


01/01/2013 at 10:32

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.


01/01/2013 at 10:38

And a vatiegated variety of Sedum spurium;


01/01/2013 at 10:42

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.


01/01/2013 at 10:44

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


01/01/2013 at 10:51

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!

01/01/2013 at 11:11
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
01/01/2013 at 11:53
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
01/01/2013 at 12:00

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.

 This is euonymus "Gilt Edge".

01/01/2013 at 12:01

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

01/01/2013 at 12:05

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.

01/01/2013 at 12:07

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.

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