Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

It’s Thursday before you read this and I’m looking forward to Christmas and the New Year! I’ve finished my garden projects until next year and it felt good walking around the garden this morning thinking to myself that all I have to do this winter is occasionally pick up wind fallen branches that fall from the giant poplar trees, feed the birds and enjoy my garden.

The long dry summer of this year and mild autumn has allowed me to complete a garden plan that I’ve had in my head for the last few years. I’ve been trying to create a private garden, out of site from the nine windows that overlook it.

My garden fences aren’t all solid so I’ve used shrubs and climbers to fill the gaps. I can still see patches of fencing here and there, but each patch has a young evergreen shrub planted as well as climbers to add even more interest and colour.

The paths, stone circle and stepping stones mean that I can move freely around the garden whatever the weather and not get muddy feet.

Over the years I’ve planted certain trees and shrubs strategically about the garden to increase my privacy as well as to try and keep my attention from drifting towards and up those big poplar trees. Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’, Ulmus x hollandica ‘Wredei’, Prunus serrula and Sorbus ‘Autumn Spire’ are some of the trees that I’ve planted, all have strong features that help detract some attention from the poplars. Some of the trees are established enough to hang little wooden bird tables and feeders saving the birds from becoming tasty little treats for my pet cat.

At ground level is a mix of evergreen and deciduous plants that are fairly evenly planted and lots of bulbs planted so that they will establish themselves over time.

I’ve selected and arranged the plants so that there’s interest and colour all year round, with autumn having a real blast of fiery shades. In winter when I normally get those garden winter blues they won’t be blue anymore instead they’ll be white in the form of little snowdrops everywhere to give me that keep me in winter cheer when the Christmas festive season is over.