The Tuesday View in January

As promised, here is a picture of the Tuesday View under the snow!

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It is very frosty, so I didn’t stay out for long with my camera. But here are a couple of other images from today too.

Clematis tangutica – a tangle of stems with straggly seed heads, but the snow makes them seem quite comical!

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My beautiful Miscanthus ‘Adagio’ still looks pretty with some sun catching the top…

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There is no warmth in the sun outdoors today, but it does add some welcome sparkle…

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Hope you have blue skies this week, wherever you are!

The Rocks in the Rockery (and the Tuesday View)

If you have seen summery pictures of my rockery in this year’s ‘Tuesday View’, you may be forgiven for wondering why I call it a rockery… Apart from the large rock in the foreground on the right there is hardly a rock in sight.

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The rockery in early August

But when you see this view in December it is quite a different story, and the rocks become a focus when the plants are no longer able to provide interest.

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Shapes, shadows, moss and wintergreen ground cover create a very different feel to the summer abundance of flora… especially on a frosty day like today.

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When I first cleared this area, which was covered in thick layers of ivy, I remember smiling as each rock was revealed. I particularly like this one with the little ‘window’, and try to keep it free of growth for most of the year.

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And this one too…

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Others vanish completely in summer, and in the shade of the perennials moss gains a grip, becoming more and more visible in the autumn as the surrounding plants die back.

Even on a grey day I can take pleasure in the rocks themselves. But when the sun shines on them they are even more attractive.

If we get snow in winter it can turn the rockery into a moon-like landscape for weeks. However, in a snowless winter I often look at it despairingly, convinced everything has died and it will never be green again! Do you get that feeling too?

And then I need to look at some of the photos taken in summer, to remind me on a dreary winter’s day of what it will feel like to step outside, barefoot, and walk across the warm patio paving to the steps – those steps from which photos of the Tuesday View are always taken – and sit down with a cup of coffee and look and dream and listen to the sounds of nature.

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The rockery in June

To finish off, a short video from June last year at the bottom of the rockery…

Both summer and winter views are lovely in their different ways. But I know which view I prefer… 😉

What is your favourite feature in your garden on a dreary grey winter’s day?

The Tuesday View: 25th October 2016

This will be the last regular photo of my Tuesday view for the year 2016, as it will soon be so dreary and bare that I will get depressed contemplating it. If it snows this winter I will definitely show a shot of it though! 😉 Here it is, around 3.30pm today…

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The Perovskia will be trimmed quite low this week, and the red leaves of the acer in the background are starting to drop. There is, however, still the magical Persicaria ‘Firetail’…

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… as well as the Golden Euonymus (which I tend to overlook as it is there all year round), providing cheerful colour on days such as this…

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Slowly the rocks in the rockery are becoming visible once again – I will have to show a picture of them later in the year. I would like to thank those of you who have joined me, observing a single view of your gardens through the seasons. I have very much enjoyed seeing the changes – both dramatic and slight – in your weekly photos. It has certainly been a useful exercise for me once again, and I hope for you as well.

And, of course, also many thanks to the rest of you for visiting!

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The Tuesday View: 18th October 2016

I started planting some bulbs this morning, but the drizzly weather got the better of me by lunchtime today. 😦

The autumn light is lovely though, and the rockery is looking so colourful still.

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I think little has changed in the past week, except for some tidying up. The Perovskia was trimmed to give the Persicaria Blackfield beneath it some air, an old lavender plant was removed and another Calamagrostis acutiflora (‘Waldenbuch’) put in its place, and the peony foliage that has already flopped was chopped back to stop some ground cover Sedums getting smothered.

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The Ricinus I planted out in the rockery is still going strong, and the colours fit in much better with the autumn reds and pinks.

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Please feel free to join me with a weekly shot of one single view of your garden. I have enjoyed following the changes closely and hope to continue for a few weeks yet.

To close for today, a couple of shots of the Acer, which is possibly at its peak now and looks stunning even in the rain!

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I think I will give up on bulb planting for today… after all, we still have time, don’t we? 😉 I shall spend the afternoon in the warm kitchen making pumpkin soup instead!

Have a great week!

The Tuesday View: 11th October 2016

It’s another grey day this week. The sun tried hard to break through the clouds, but failed miserably, with rain later this afternoon. I took my photo of the view at about 2.30pm, while it was still a bit brighter…tuesdayview11th2

Thank goodness for the colour on such a drab day! There is more paling foliage this week, but the golden Euonymus and Persicaria Firetail brighten up this area, and several Geraniums are still flowering in the foreground.

Buried below the sagging Perovskia a brave little Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ is flowering again. This one is nowhere near as strong as Firetail, but it is also a lot younger so perhaps it will catch its big brother up one day.

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At the back of this view you can also see the Japanese maple turning a lovely burnt orange… when the sun shines I will have to get some prettier pictures of it to share.

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I am also pleased with the autumn colour of the dwarf standard Lilac tree ‘Palibin’ planted last year. It is in front of the tall pink rose at the top of the rockery, just behind the spiky Crocosmia foliage. The flowers were short-lived, but the foliage is at least nice all summer too.

Perhaps you would like to join me in following a single view of your garden through the seasons, posting a photo each Tuesday. It has been a very useful and fun exercise again this year, as I observe what works, what struggles and where the gaps are for new ideas. 🙂 Thanks to all those who have joined in so far!

 

The Tuesday View: 4th October 2016

At around 1.30 pm I decided the weather wasn’t going to get any better, so I went out to take a few photographs of the view for this Tuesday.

It’s looking pretty autumny!

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As I walked around I noticed how some of the yellowing foliage looks almost springlike – look at the Geranium foliage in the centre below… Yes, a slight brownish tinge to the edges, but such a fresh pale green.

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The October light is almost as lovely as in September, as the foliage slowly releases a golden glow to everything around it. As you can see though, the rain has got the better of the Perovskia. There are still a few bees buzzing sleepily around it.

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And the highlight today for me was the Linaria, sending up new flowers after I had cut it right down about six weeks ago…

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So as some flowers fade (like the Gaura) others stand out even more.

I shall continue to show my view each Tuesday this autumn for as long as there is anything interesting to see, and if you would like to join me in observing one spot in your garden through the seasons, please leave a link below so we can share in your pleasure!

The Tuesday View: 27th September 2016

This week I can see many changes in the view as autumn gets a grip… the cooler nights have stopped fresh growth and much of the foliage is changing to its autumn colours. (The acer in the background is a lovely pale orange at the moment.)

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In the above photo I tried to get exactly the same angle as last week’s, standing on the balcony and zooming in on the rockery. By lunchtime, most of the sun has gone from the sloping southern part; with the sun already much lower in the sky it is shaded by our fir trees.

The focus this week is the pink rose again, now that the red one is taking a break, but the lilac aster between the two roses is also calling modestly for a little attention…

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Can you see it? I’ll get a little closer…

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I am not sure of its name, but never mind.

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I can still admire it!

And finally this is one of the smaller sedums planted in the rockery this spring – Sedum telephium ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy), which says it all really…

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As I feature this same view each week to watch the changes throughout the year, I would be pleased if anyone else wants to join in. Please share by adding a link in the comments. 🙂

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Have a great week!