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Posted: 13/12/2015 at 22:59

We have our chimneys swept once a year too Jo.

Tree up, house decorated, now shattered.  But it all looks lovely .  Sweet dreams all

Which witch hazel?

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 14:49

I have Pallida too - lovely big flowers, and good scent.  I also love Diana - only faint scent, but red flowers and the leaves go brilliant scarlet in autumn - really special

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 13:57

Brrrrrrr Fairy .  We've only had 2 frosts here this year much for the DM's coldest winter for a century.

Would be great if you have some pics of your garden through the seasons to put together too.....and everyone else for that matter.  Cheers up a grey December day


Posted: 13/12/2015 at 13:52

Climate change agreement has gladdened my heart.  Slowly and quietly people are coming to their senses.  

Mr C has the welding machine out ....A little light metalwork to keep him out of mischief.   I certainly married a rum'un.  Still, the neighbours will all be getting rusty, ball topped plant stakes for Christmas .... We have lots to thank them for this year, and I can't think of a better way of doing it

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 12:44

Wonderful scenes Fairy

This spring we noticed a little brown bird (think it was a wren, but never got a really good look) darting around every time we went near our back door (aka dumping area) ..... mr C has just found out why


 Think he might need some new boots

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 12:29

Thanks folks

Fidget - it is a south facing slope, so gets full sun.  I do find that side drier than the other (there is another border facing it on the other side of the grass path) ....I assume that's the tree roots taking a lot of moisture.

Hollie - the big white blooms are Hydrandgea Annabelle - you can see the faded flowerheads still standing in the first photo (March) ....such a great plant

Maureen - the stone you can see is a sort of retaining wall that OH and my Dad built - the soil is actually a mixture of clay and hundreds of years of fallen leaves.  We mulch it in spring with compost or FYM, and just let the worms do the rest of the work for us. There is a fair bit of weeding to do, even through the mulch.....sheeps sorrel is my nemesis.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 11:33

Thanks Lizzie.  I tried to get them all in one post but lost it all after photo 7.  So played safe on the second attempt

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 10:57




 Now (got some tidying up to do)


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 10:36

One of the great things about this Forum (of which there are many) is that it has encouraged me to take more pictures of my garden than I would ever have thought to before.  Looking back, it seems that one of my borders gets more paparazzi attention than the others I thought you might like to see how it changes through the seasons

March - all cut back and freshly mulched:

 April - tulip and forget me not time:








Posted: 13/12/2015 at 10:16


welcome back Winter - glad its all done, and lovely that you are pleased with the way its turned out.

Decorating the house with tinsel etc today. Need some santa smileys

Will have everything crossed for LilyP and the scan - hope it gives signposts to a good way forward.

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