On the last day of the year...my garden in December

Last year at this time, the garden had been covered in a thick layer of snow and ice for over a week....how different this December has been!

Gorgeous Christmas roses...I love hellebores!

But I didn't expect to have real roses left, as well...I'll be pruning in a few weeks!

Green leaves and life everywhere...euphorbia..

strawberry plants!

Even the hydrangeas are beginning to show their new green growth...

and the evergreens are not the only colour in the garden - but appreciated all the same!

Strange but glorious to have this reprieve from the bite of Winter...which I have no doubt will arrive soon.

The happiest of New Years to you...2012 will be full of excitement and magic, I'm sure. Enjoy the celebrations, as we will. See you next year...and thanks so much for reading! xo


  1. Oh Rachel...who would have thought..huh? Weather is so unpredictable...no wonder plants & wild life are a bit confused...smile... We are awakining to a partial cloudy day...with west winds a blowing! Happy New Years to you, Paul & Alice of course!


  2. yes, what a difference between this Christmas and last Christmas. I've missed the snow, I must admit.

    But I suspect you are quite right. It'll be on its way sooner rather than later.

    Love how your garden looks. I found two anenomes in my garden yesterday, both poised to open their petals!

    I wish you a lovely New Year's Eve, and all the best for a fantastic 2012.


  3. Oh my goodness! There is so much LIFE and GROWTH in your garden! What a difference from last year. Our garden is covered in many inches of snow. It's a total winter wonderland here. It's nice to see the contrast in your garden. Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year, sweetie! Looking forward to seeing your garden again in the new year. xoxo

  4. Greetings! I am writing to you from the future. I come in peace. Lovely blog, lovely to see the garden as usual. Hope it's a bit more festive weather this year! Happy New Year xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. I cannot believe how much life you have in your garden Rachel! How incredible is that!!! I hope you have an amazing New Year's!!!!! We, of course, don't have much of a garden, but our back yard still has some snow left in areas where the sunshine doesn't get to it....so incredibly windy here today....we're going to BLOW in the New Year!!

  6. And so Christmas is the new Autumn :-). Poor plants and wildlife may get a shock in January. Happy New Year, Rachel. I've met a few very special (with a capital 'S') people this year, by social networking, and you are one of those. Thank you for everything you've contributed to my life, as indeed I'm sure there are many others who will say the same to you. I feel blessed to say that you are a friend. May 2012 by full of joy and happiness for you; may it bring you all that you desire - and a published book, may be?

  7. Your garden has a nice dusty rose sort of quality, really pretty like a dried arrangement. My NJ friends have been saying spring flowers and bulbs are already popping up aseasonally. Guess the weather is playing tricks on us all. But your garden is my sign of the changing seasons although here for first time ever we had fall in fall and winter in winter and it feels like normal, so unusual. Hope your 2012 is filled with beautiful blooming things, just like you are!

  8. Always so good to come home!
    happy , healthy and joyous 2012 to you Rachel,

  9. Lovely pics. But I have to confess I long for snow this time of year.

  10. Exactly what Guillaume said. And tonight my city is getting its first real snow so far this winter, so--wish granted. :) Happy new year to you and yours, Rachel!

  11. Gee this has been a strange year. We haven't had any snow other than a little furries that didn't last more than five minutes. With exception was the snow in Oct. just before Halloween. Very strange to see your garden sprouting some green. I hope all our plants bloom this spring. The squirrels have eaten most of my bulbs planted in fall. Thanks for sharing what your garden is up too this year. Love these posts, thanks
    Don't want to complain too much, no fun digging car out of snow and having to get the snowblower out for the driveway.
    Happy New Year to you and Paul and Alice!

  12. Thank you for the tour of your garden. We have had a mild December here, too, and we have been able to enjoy the produce from the fall garden all the way till the New Year. Very cold temperatures this week may end that pleasure.
    Happy New Year to you!

  13. Happy New Year Rachel!
    Gosh what a difference from last year, this Winter has been so mild that It has felt like Autumn. It makes me wonder what the rest of January and February will be like?
    I am looking forward to seeing your garden updates in this lovely new year.
    Love Morwenna
    P.S I hope you received my Christmas package in time and you liked your gifts? xoxo


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