2012 End of Year review

A view of Lake Bolsena on a cold crisp January day

A view of Lake Bolsena at the end of a cold crisp January day

December has sped past as it always will, with the busy time running up to Christmas.  The garden has changed with the effects of frosty mornings, cold nights and more rain.  And so another year comes to an end!  Why is it that they flash by so quickly?  Soon it will be time to begin sowing seeds – the beginning of a new season.

As I did last year I thought I would share with you the images that I used as my screensavers through the year.  Sometimes I change the image almost as soon as I take a new batch of photos; other times a favourite image will stay for weeks.

I notice how often I use the formal beds at the front of the house; I think I find the formality restful; not all the images are of the garden, the surrounding countryside also figures often.

Seed heads and berries bring life to the garden

January Seed heads and berries bring life to the garden

In Febuary we had snow

In Febuary we had snow

February: We were snowed in for a few days but the views outside were lovely

February: We were snowed-in for a few days but the views outside were lovely

To me March is YELLOW

To me March is YELLOW

March, Euphorbia add acid colour

March, Euphorbia add acid colour

March, Californian Poppies open their sunny faces to the sun

March, Californian Poppies open their sunny faces to the sun

April brings Poppies that carpet the countryside, my favourite wild flower

April brings Poppies that carpet the countryside, my favourite wild flower. I smile every time I see them!

April brings new bright leaves to the trees and tulips

April also brings new bright leaves to the trees and tulips

April, tulips and Photinia and new growth on Rosa Westerland all have the same warm colour

April, tulips and Photinia and new growth on Rosa Westerland all have the same warm colour

April, before the storm

April, before the storm

April, looking accroess to the large island

April, looking accross to the large island

April, the slope was very colourful

April, the slope was very colourful

May, a profusion of Californian poppies

May, the slope with a profusion of Californian poppies

May, Rosa Rimaso

May, Rosa Rimosa on the perpola

May, Irises

May, Irises and Cistus with olives in the background

June, Penesetun villosa already doing a great job

June, Penesetun villosa already doing a great job

June, ever present butterflies on the lavender

June, ever present butterflies on the lavender

June, the formal beds

June, the formal beds

June, not just butterflies feel on the lavender

June, not just butterflies feel on the lavender

June, the surrounding fields are at their abundant best

June, the surrounding fields are at their abundant best

July, more butterflies, here the false swallowtail

July, more butterflies, here the false swallowtail

July, of course many bees visit too!

July, of course many bees visit too!

September, the formal beds crisply clipped

September, the formal beds crisply clipped

September, Asters are the stars of the show

September, Asters are the stars of the show

September, Penesetum villosa still reflecting the evening light

September, Penesetum villosa still reflecting the evening light

October, Aster 'Monte Casino with Knautia

October, Aster ‘Monte Casino with Knautia

October, wonderful sunsets areone of the joys of autumn

October, wonderful sunsets are one of the joys of autumn

October The Perovskia was late to show its beauty this year because of the drought

October The Perovskia was late to show its beauty this year because of the drought

November brings sudden storms and dramatic skies

November brings sudden storms and dramatic skies

November, Iris

November, Iris unguiclaris

November, Miscanthus

November, Miscanthus

November, more sunsets

November, more sunsets

November and the sky is on fire

November and the sky is on fire

December brought and early winter, with frost every morning for 10 days or so

December brought and early winter, with frost every morning for 10 days or so

December, the formal beds from above

December, the formal beds from above

December, frost on alreadysilver foliage

December, frost on already silver foliage

December the light turns the Euphorbia and Argave blue

December the light turns the Euphorbia and Argave blue

December, Garlic Chives, Allium tuberosum, Seedheads

December, Garlic Chives, Allium tuberosum, Seedheads

To each of you who regularly leave comments and I count very firmly as my gardening friends and to those who read quietly but leave on trace of their presence I wish you all a Very Happy Gardening New Year! Christina

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27 thoughts on “2012 End of Year review

  1. Your formal garden does look wonderful all year. I dont generally like thatd sort of garden but I like the way you have used lavender etc.

    I love the poppies in your neighbouring fields.

    Thank you for joining in this year. I enjoy your blog although I often find myself feeling I have much to do in my garden to try and catch up. You should be proud of the garden

  2. Gosh! I am thrilled to have seen this overview, Christina, having only dipped in for a few EOMVs or GBBDs before – there are so many enjoyable garden blogs and I wish it was possible to keep up with all of them! Thanks for all the contributions you have made, to our blogs and to your own.

  3. Christina you picked so many of my very favorite pictures from the year on your blog…I still love the snow and those poppies…but really your gardens are amazing in all seasons…Happy New Year to you dear gardening friend!!

  4. What a wonderful selection of photos through the year, your skies are certainly dramatic and the wild flowers of the country side are amazing! Your garden is beautiful no matter which month it is.
    Happy New Year to you Christina and thanks for all your comments through the year!

  5. It definitely is that time of the year to review the garden and take pleasure and recall the different sensations the garden brings to us during the year. I really enjoyed your photographs and your review took me back through the year as I am becoming familiar with the garden through your photographs. Such a lot to look forward to in 2013!

  6. A lovely collection of pictures. Those poppies are stunning, as are your fiery or brooding skies. I sowed Pennisetum villosum last year, and have clutches of strong plants now – hope that they look as striking as yours do in full flower.
    Quite a year it has been, let’s hope next year is a little more constant! Happy New Year to you, S x

  7. Thank you, Christina, for a look at your fabulous garden through the seasons. I don’t have time to comment on each breathtaking photo, but the field of poppies and the April shot before the storm are testament that your stunning garden is located in an equally stunning countryside. I am fortunate to get a virtual peek! Happy New Year and very best wishes for your garden in 2013!

  8. What a lovely way to celebrate the year in your garden. Beautiful images. I surprised myself over Christmas, looking through the images I found most inspirational in thinking about the front garden, they were all rather calm and restful, not quite formal, but lots of repetition of shapes and colours. I understand why you find the formal garden so restful, though we all need an occasional field of poppies or dose of acid green euphorbias to stir us up at times. Looking forward to watching your garden in 2013.

  9. Hi Christina, I think you have the most beautiful screensavers in the world! Your photos are fantastic! Your garden looks so lovely at any time of the year and the surrounding country side is just stunning. I am new to your blog, but I intend to come back here frequently and follow your garden adventures in Lazio.
    Christina

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