The end of December

How beautiful the light of winter on a frosty day. It lifts the spirits and illuminates the bones of the garden in a way quite forgotten in the fullness of a summer morning, bringing magic after grey days of lowering clouds. It’s the very best time to be making plans for the new gardening year; seeing the wood for the trees, you might say. We have removed treimagees we don’t like, to open up the view and to make space for new trees. It is a hard decision to take down a healthy tree- in our case a Cotoneaster Cornubia, but it was just wrong. Wrong tree, wrong place. The border, in sight line of the kitchen window, had far too much dark evergreen –  two Corsican pines,  yew, a large  eleagnus and the Cotoneaster and overtopped by a mature birch. It was like a black hole in the garden, sucking the light out of the whole area. With the cotoneaster gone, the yews beginning to be shaped, the wonderful view to huge alders and oaks down by the river and the rolling hills beyond is now visible from the house. The garden has borrowed another interesting prospect. imageThe meadow is now rabbit fenced and we have dared to break through the hedge and start to incorporate the new part. We bought a gate and had it installed one frosty morning and it now entices you through into the new garden. There are plans for a new vegetable garden, some fruit trees, a prairie planting and a picnic area through there……… image

The weeping pear is gone from the rose garden too. An even harder decision but another plant in the wrong place and throwing off any sense of how to develop this area of the garden. It sort of worked before, screening the compost heap, but not now. And the compost heap is moving too. Part of the beech hedge is coming out too. Worpress and my I pad are now fighting too hard. There will be more when I can use my laptop. Happy New Year  everyone and happy gardening.

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8 thoughts on “The end of December

  1. What a difference a gate makes! The hedge was a barrier to your garden beyond,,, now the gate beckons you forward into the new. Good luck with your garden plans and all the best for 2015.

    1. Thank you Gillian. The hedge was necessary to keep the livestock out before we bought the paddock, but now we are looking forward to opening it up. It is a bit windy across the valley though, so some of it serves very usefully as a windbreak. Happy gardening to you in 2015 too.

    1. Thank you Pauline. Watch this space to see how we get on! Next task is to build new compost bins so we can move the old heaps ready for the mowing season.Then raised vegetable beds. I can already hear the OH groaning …;-)

  2. I love the monochrome frosty garden views – and your garden views are beautiful! Our garden is enclosed behind a high wall so we only see views from beyond the wall. We also removed a large healthy tree – a Corsican Pine which was too huge and blocked all the light from our bedroom, living room and kitchen! Sad it had to go but what a difference!!!
    Happy New Year!

    1. A very Happy New Year to you too, Celia. The large pine trees have their place but I am getting bolder about removing plants in the wrong place. Life is too short to work round some things, when there are many beauties to take their place.

    1. Happy New Year to you too. The gate really has started the process of including the new land into the garden, and it is attractive in its own right. Good gardening to you in 2015.

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