Bye bye 2011

So what’ve I been up to this last year? All sorts apparently.


I started the year looking forward to Spring and the year ahead and then in February we cleared out some sickly trees and made space in the shady nook, which hasn’t seen much progress since then I’m afraid!I haven’t written about it much but we’ve had small but delicious harvests all year from the veg beds I wrote about in early March and by late March things were starting to get busy. In April I was worrying about drought as I instituted my new monthly round up called The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful. Then in May I was busy with Antiques Roadshow and Garden day, not to mention chasing animals out of my garden!

By June I was breaking out the biological controls in the greenhouse, taking a close up look at Digitalis ferruginea and scoffing food from the veg patch. In July you might have got the impression I spent more time out of the garden than in it what with three posts on Hampton Court Flower Show and a trip to Hyde Hall. In a slightly soggy August I took pictures of flowers in the rain, was greatly impressed by embroidery inspired by the Towers and did some work in my own garden (for once). September saw me putting in some new plants in the tower borders and worrying about the yews.

Red rose in the rain

By October I was in a thoughtful mood when I wasn’t doing the autumn lawn care. In November I came over all confessional and then did a lot of digging ready for planting the new borders. December jobs mostly didn’t involve gardening except planting a vast quantity of bulbs and of course we were on the telly!

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Charles Lamont' close up of buds

All in all, though it’s had its ups and downs, it’s been a great year. May 2012 be even better! Wishing you all an excellent 2012!


7 responses to “Bye bye 2011

  1. Libby here’s hoping you have a fabulous New Year in 2012!

  2. You had a busy 2011! Hope 2012 is a fab year for you. Wishing you peace, happiness and contentment.
    Happy New Year,

  3. patientgardener

    A busy year by the sound of it and I loved seeing ‘your’ garden on Antoques Roadshow
    I hope 2012 is as good for you

  4. I hope and wish for a Happy, Healthy New Year to find its way to you and look forward to 2012 as one better. All the best to you.

  5. Thanks everyone! 🙂

  6. Sounds like 2011 was a busy old year, Libby. I hope 2012 is good for you. I never saw you or you garden on Anttiques Road Show but it’s always repeated ….

  7. Wow…you did a lot! I hope this year is as busy or more restful–however you want it to be. Happy new year!

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