Snowdrops in January
Hellebore Frilly Isabelle in February
Happy (almost) New Year! What a joy it has been looking through pictures of this past year while putting together this blog post! I love taking pictures and capturing what is happening in the garden, and it is nice to then go back and see what changes there were in the garden throughout the course of the year. The garden is always in a state of flux and growth. The biggest change to the garden this year, though, was the addition of chickens. I adore having them as pets. The Long Island Red (hybrid) chickens joined our family in March, at 23 weeks. They each started laying one egg a day a couple of weeks later and have continued ever since. Their house and run now take up a large part of our back garden, where I can watch them from our kitchen.
There have been other changes in the garden, too. In one of my lavender beds, I removed a large plant that I have never been a fan of (name unknown). What a great feeling it was to get rid of it! In its place, I added a fig tree. My love of evergreen trees continues, with the addition of a small one, Picea pungens ‘Super Blue’, to the garden this year.
Plants and shrubs were added to a few of the beds around the yard. I like making these small changes, which of course add up over time.
My two rose beds have also had more David Austin roses added to the collection. The boxwood (box) hedge in the newest rose bed is doing really well and slowly filling in. This is exciting to see because we grew all of these plants from cuttings. “Yay!” for successful ways to save money in the garden!
We had quite a fruitful crop of apples and pears this year! Lucky enough, we didn’t have any major storms to knock down the fruit prematurely from the trees, as has happened in the past. (And they tasted delicious!)
I’m thankful for our harvest of garlic, too. There is nothing nicer than homegrown garlic!
My crop of sweet pea smelled simply amazing this year. I was able to cut bouquet after bouquet of pretty, sweet smelling flowers for weeks.
Like Sweet pea, Sunflowers have been a staple in the garden for the past number of years, and I plan to continue with that tradition.
Not all was pretty in the garden this year though. My Incrediball Hydrangea started the season off well, but finished with a burnt look from, apparently, too much sun. I will move it to a shady spot this year.
Another section of the back garden has become quite overrun by weeds – in a very bad way! And therein lies my challenge for 2020!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the garden, photographing it and writing about it. I hope you have also enjoyed it.
I’m very excited to see what the garden brings in 2020!
Thank you so much for being a part of my gardening and blogging experience! I have had visitors to my blog from all over the world, and I’m so glad you’ve stopped by. Please do feel free to write a note, especially from where you are from. I’d love to e-meet you! 🙂
I wish you all best wishes for a wonderful and healthy New Year! May 2020 be everything you hope it to be!
Garlic in February
Lavender bed cleared of unwanted plants while Lavender, Hydrangea & Lilies remain – March 1
A bouquet of Hyacinth and the hen house
Hellebore Winter Sunshine in March
Lavender bed cleared of unwanted plants while Lavender, Hydrangea & Lilies remain. Here it has been freshly turned with compost added.
Abies Koreana covered in pine cones March 31st
Surrounding fields in April
Aubrietia in April (can you see my boots?)
Front Garden View at the end of April
Japanese Maple garden view end of April
Lavender bed cleared of unwanted plants while Lavender, Hydrangea & Lilies remain.
Merlot tulips and aubrietia
Dana in compost with chickens and Kitty
Strawberry Plants at the beginning of May
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ (Nootka Cypress) in May
Lily of the Valley planted with our cypress Nootka
View of the garden around the playhouse in May
Hawthorn trees in May
Lilacs and Hawthorn in May
Here is a picture of the mystery plant (at the back of the bed) last year. The mature lavender plant at the front is the source of many of my lavender wands!
Lavender bed cleared of unwanted plants while Lavender, Hydrangea & Lilies remain, and a fig tree has been added.
Chicken house and 1 free range chicken in June
Viburnum in June
Full rose plant in June
Poppy garden in June
4 chickens in Japanese Maple garden
Primula capitata subsp mooreana
June view of the veggie garden
Flowers at the playhouse – lupin, iris and bleeding heart
June Rainbow garden
Lavender colored poppies
Chickens following my daughter
Chicken at ditch wall garden July 11
Front garden in July
July harvest of garlic
Newest evergreen – Picea pungens ‘Super Blue’
July cleaned up lavender bed
Vase of Daisies in July
Pears in July
Lavender wands in July
August View of Garden Sunflowers and hydrangea
Sweet pea + Kitty
August Lily and chickens
Lilies in August
Fig tree in August
Chicken in driveway in August
Sunflower and Apple tree in August
Black ornamental Grass in August
Light Pink David Austin Roses in August
Buttercup squash in August
Chickens and pink hydrangea
Chickens outside their run in September
Pears in September
apples in bowl and apple tree
Deep pink David Austin Roses in September
Yellow David Austin Roses in September
Apple pie and sunflowers in October
Playhouse garden with chickens in October
Hydrangea blooms in October
The first evergreen tree which we planted: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ (Nootka Cypress)
Hazelnut tree in October
Lavender wreath made in November
November Chicken house in Sunrise
December Chickens and Cat
Me with my poppy blanket which I crocheted 🙂