IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES ...

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities


It's been a strange year, I think we'll all agree, and perhaps you'll find the Dickens quote apposite.  For my last post of 2020, I thought I would ignore the grey skies and mud outside and look at what were the best of times in the garden this year. 


We begin in late Spring with the Woodland Garden.


Spring in the Woodland Garden with bluebells, daffodils and Erythronium Pagoda.


Later in May there were the Iris and Lupins in the Knot Garden.

The Knot Garden in May



By June, the Rose Garden was at its peak.

A view across the Rose Garden

And the floral display continued in the Long Border.

The 'Cool' section of the Long Border

By September the Dahlias were getting into their stride, offsetting the yellow Rudbeckias.

The 'Hot' section of the Long Border in August

And throughout the year the vegetable garden produced some enticing things to eat.

Chives lining the path in the Potager


That's all from my garden  for this week  year!  Let us hope that next year brings just as much garden joy, but less of the other stuff.

Thanks, as always, to the Progagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Comments

  1. An excellent idea, like Janus looking back when soon we will look forward. I think I may copy your idea for next Saturday. It would take the strain out of searching the garden for snippets. Instead I can remain indoors and trawl the photographs on the laptop. Happy Christmas.

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    1. Happy Christmas to you too, Paddy. I found looking through the year's photos good fun, and a useful reminder that all that weeding and feeding is worth it!

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  2. Thanks for posting those. Makes me think about planning and looking forward to Summer and hoping it's a better year for all of us.

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    1. It helped perk me up a bit looking through the old photos too.

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  3. Super, super photos, what a beautiful garden you have. I knew that already, but nice to be reminded. Happy Christmas to you and yours x

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    1. Happy Christmas to you as well Gill, and thanks for your kind comments.

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  4. It's nice to see colorful photos from past months. The year 2020 has not been extraordinary but the gardens have continued to grow to our great pleasure. A merry Christmas to you and all your family !

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family Fred. Looking back helped me remember some good times this year too - particularly having family round for meals in the garden.

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  5. It's lovely to reminded of all your garden areas throughout the year - you are so talented at your planting schemes. The dreamy lupin picture is my favourite I think. Happy Christmas!

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    1. Happy Christmas to you and your family Katharine, and thankyou for your kind comments.

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  6. A truly splendid garden, and the photos remind us all just how lovely it is.

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    1. I forget how nice it looked earlier in the year, so it's done me good to look back on it.

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  7. I agree with Katharine, your planting schemes are really lovely. I adore your potager with paths lined with chives. It's comforting in December to think of the seasons that lie ahead!

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    1. It might even make me get out there and do some tidying up so it can look as nice next year!

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  8. A lovely reminder of your beautiful garden during the year. I think the Rose Garden is my favourite - I can imagine the fragrance.

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