I found myself in a reflective mood whilst working on this week’s post. I wandered out into the garden with my camera and was completely stumped for anything interesting to shoot. Well it is December, I know, but the fact that there was so little to excite despite all our hard work this year wasn’t exactly uplifting.
This is the essence of gardening though; so much of it is transient and at the whim of the elements, you just have to embrace that fact or go crazy trying to control everything. And get a few more plants that provide Winter interest next year, obviously!
Anyway, I stopped moping and had a proper look around the garden, and there it was: a tantalising taster of next year’s flowers. Here we are in the darkest days of the year and still the buds are forcing their way in with a little reminder of the Spring to come. Hurrah!
My treasured Tree Peony, probably my favourite plant in our garden. It’s 4 years old now and growing quite slowly, but every year there are a few more showstopping blooms. Fingers crossed there will be many more photos of this beauty to come.
Our beautiful magnolia, full of bud and promise. This is the plant whose blooms I long for most at the end of Winter; it’s also Lily’s favourite because she collects the petals to make ‘fairy perfume’.
Seeing these buds was like being told quietly, ‘Look what’s around the corner’ – a little reminder of all that’s to come. And amidst the lovely madness of Christmas that’s what I’m going to be doing too; looking forward to all that next year will bring.
Merry Christmas 🙂
I’m joining in with Annie’s #HDYGG series at Mammasaurus.